Category Archives: Ethical Campaigns

Free Range Pork – But what about the breeding sows?

Regardless of whether your Pork is sourced free range, the more important question to ask your supplier is whether the sows used to breed pigs are confined in breeding crates or not?

Reading material::
1. Read more on Compassion in World Farming’s long running campaign to free all breeding sows.

2. Read more on Woolies getting involved to improve standards for breeding Sows

3. CIWF’s list of sources of kinder food

Folks we’ve found so far who explicitly comment on their breeding sows are:
Happy Hog Butchers – Aston

Can you help us grow this list?

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Thank you to: http://www.faculty.rsu.edu/ for imagery

A boycott is one of the most single powerful votes that you can make

A few years ago, I was offered the name of a company during a conversation:
“Proctor & Gamble”.

Do your homework and you’ll realise that this corporation have made a fool out of anyone who owns a pet, claims to love animals or has tried a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle in ignorance.

Why? Answer: This company blatantly tests on animals!

Excerpt from the uncaged boycott website:

“Traditionally known for their soaps & detergents, P&G now produce a massive range of products tested on animals. E.g Pantene Pro-V, Herbal Essences, Head & Shoulders, Ariel, Daz, Fairy, Max Factor, Olay, Iams, Eukaneuba etc.”

You’d be surprised how many of your regular daily products are made by P&G: Hair care, cosmetics, perfumes, personal hygiene, laundry care, snack food, paper and feminine hygiene, and even pet food. “

And yes, we’ll agree that not everyone can afford alternative products!.. or can they? An entire separate post in it’s own right.

The point to make here is simple:

There are many folks out there supporting these products in ignorance and those who know and apathetically continue to vote and buy unethical products even when they can afford to make a switch.

Until we flesh out this post, check out all the Proctor and Gamble brands which support animal testing for items as trivial as detergents and toiletries.

The start of any change is awareness, and dialogue (without lecturing, eek!). Start talking to friends & family about this if it’s important to you!

Warning: Be prepared to watch good people you know, do nothing despite receiving the above knowledge. Humans are creatures of habit.

Fooling you: “Product not tested on animals” vs “The ingredients that make up a product”

Watch out for false misleading claims.

If a product states anything along the lines of “New improved recipe”. Then it’s been tested on animals.

By law, all new synthesised chemicals (ingredients of a product) have to be tested on animals to be passed for usage in products.

What are your alternatives?

  • Look to your kitchen & garden for alternatives. Less costs, less foot print, less packaging, less synthetics fo your body
    Many household items can serve as alternative cheaper replacements for body products.
  • Skin:
    Olive oil on cotton removes eye make up really quickly.
    Witch hazel concotions make great skin toners (Wellness warehouse sell an affordabl with hazel and rose product)
  • Hair:
    Bicarbonate of soda as hair shampoo.
    Vinegar (white or apple cider etc) as conditioner: You can soak Rosemary (antiseptic, softener) and/or Lavendar in the vinegar and strain after a 1 or more weeks to make a lovely smelling concoction. Dilute with water as required and apply to hair, rinse or leave in.
  • Buy an Aloe vera plant or request one on Gumtree for free. Aloes multiply quickly & you can separate out the babies for an endless supply.
    Aloe vera is amazing for your skin’s health. Burns, rashes etc (contains Vitamin E & more).
    40 Ways To Use Aloe Vera
  • Household cleaning:
    Lemon, vinegar and detol make great counter cleaning disinfectants
    Dish washing liquid has had the same recipe for years, add detol and you have a perfect floor, bathroom & toilet cleaner.
  • Keep an eye out for product which are: certified organic

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Imagery sourced from: http://www.theprospect.net/

Rescue Battery Hens Cape Town

At the end of their 1st of 3 laying cycles, caged battery (egg layer) hens are sent for cull after a dismal life of confined servitude.

You can rehome these hens to your backyard for a happy retirement and you are likely to receive some eggs on the side while these very sweet and funny ladies live out the rest of their lives (0-3 years) in peace.

Visit this not for profit initiative’s website (launched Cape Town, Nov 2013): simply fill out their adoption form and you’ll join the queue for adoptions rescues which reopen after winter in October 2014.

Website: http://www.rescuebatteryhens.co.za/
FB: /RescueBatteryHensCapeTown

Boycott = Voting. Who’s on our Boycott list?

Remember: Your spending votes and shapes the world we live in. This list will become much longer but initial culprits we recommend to NOT support:

  1. Proctor & Gamble (test on animals! Chances are you unknowingly have household items in your home from this corporate giant)
  2. All the fragrance, skin care and make up brands that you see when you walk into an Edgars. Yes! All of them! (test on animals)
  3. Johnson & Johnson (the biggest organ in your body is your skin. It’s highly absorbant. Your baby’s body should not be exposed to all the synthetics in this product)
  4. Nestlé (evil) own Loreal (animal testing)
  5. Macdonalds (low grade, factory farmed meat, children media targeting)
  6. KFC (factory farmed, genetically modified chickens)
  7. Garments made in China (major sweat shop issues likely: South Africa’s garment industry collapsed and many lost their jobs as we cannot compete with slave labour prices)
  8. Monsanto (patenting the world’s free seeds, bankrupting poor farmers for fertilisers or reuse of GM seeds, bankrupting organic farmers who’s crops turned GM from neighbouring GM Monsanto fields)

…And Yes, before you say it, we agree:
Clearly boycotting is a luxury of choice available to only those who can afford, this Blog is aimed at folks who spend their salary freely or without minimal thought etc etc.
Reminder: Not all boycott decisions imply a higher price. Initially it requires you to have curiousity & to start inspecting the labelling of items you regularly pick up off the shop shelf.

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Imagery from: www.indiegogo.com