MWTHA Blog: Help Animal Victims of Australian Fires

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It has been hard to know what the number of animals killed so far in the Australian fires is, but HALF A BILLION has been estimated, according to sydney.edu.au. A huge number of additional animals are injured. The numbers are overwhelming animal refuges.

Even after the fires have eventually subsided, animals will die due to habitat destruction, food and water shortages. There is also an extinction crisis happening.

How Can I Help?

Many animal lovers have been reduced to tears at seeing the suffering of the animals in Australia. The feeling of helplessness is immense, but do not feel helpless anymore, as there are a number of ways you can help. One way is making a financial contribution, and although this is very much in need, it is not the only way you can help. Read on to find out the different ways you can make a difference.

Help Combat Climate Change

Human-caused climate change affects the fires, making them much worse. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (and most other world experts), human-caused climate change lengthens the Australian fires season, and fuels the blazes. This is catastrophic for animals.

An important thing to stop the Australian bush fires getting worse every year, is to look at how you can help combat climate change. You can recycle, drive an electric car, stop using disposable products, stop taking flights, install solar panels, etc, but there is one thing you can do that has more effect than all those things together: stop supporting animal agriculture.

Image: Of course the Australia fires causing such catastrophic suffering to animals is just one way climate change is causing terrible animal suffering…

Animal agriculture is more harmful to the planet than all the transport in the world put together – including all the flights. It is one of the top two causes of climate change, the other being fossil fuels.

By stopping funding animal farming by going vegan, you will be helping animals by:

  • No longer be responsible for causing unimaginable suffering of animals that experience emotions and pain similar to dogs, and even three year old children (proven in studies)
  • No longer be responsible for contributing to climate change, and as a result, no longer worsening natural disasters like the Australian fires.

You may think that you cannot do much as just one person, but going vegan is the single most effective change you can make to help combat climate change and help animals. You can find lots of help and support regarding going vegan here. If not for animals or the planet, do it for your health.

Droughts are another result of climate change. South Australia is badly drought hit so they are culling over 10,000 camels because they drink too much water. They are also being culled because they produce too much methane, even though it is a fraction of the methane produced and water used by the animal agriculture industry.

Use Environmentally Friendly Energy Companies

Another way to avoid funding the animal agriculture industry is to get your energy from planet friendly companies, such as Ecotricity. While the other energy companies use products from animal agriculture in their production of energy, Ecotricity is the only one who has confirmed it does not. The company will even donate £50 to the SydandKyd Vegan Power campaign, if you sign up, here.

Craft To Help Australian Animals

If you enjoy crafting, did you know you can use your skill to help animals, including Australian animals who are particularly in need at the moment?

There are groups to join, some specifically to help the Australian animals. Have a look here to see how you can help.

You Can Donate Funds…

WIRES is an emergency fund for wildlife who is involved in the rescuing of animals affected by the Australian bush fires. You can donate to them on the WIRES website, or on the WIRES Facebook page. You can also donate to WIRES via Paypal.

The RSPCA are in need of donations to help them rescue and evacuate threatened animals, as well as assist at evacuation centres. They will also use donations to treat injured animals and pets. You can make a donation to the RSPCA NSW here.

The World Wildlife Fund, will use donations to help restore the “Koala Triangle,” a portion of Australia’s east coast hit hardest by the fires.

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital is installing koala water stations in burnt areas to prevent animals dying from dehydration. They are also establishing the world’s first wild koala breeding program. You can donate to their GoFundMe here.

IFAW, The International Fund for Animal Welfare reports that they are in dire need of support to help the animals. You can donate to IFAW here.

If You Prefer To Donate Supplies…

Rather than cash, some people prefer to donate supplies. The Rescue Collective, a group based in Brisbane, allows you to do this. You can buy supplies online and have them delivered to where it is needed. The Rescue Collective is in need of food, medical supplies, bedding and more. Just have a look on their current wish list on Facebook.

Thank you for caring enough about animals to read this blog. To find out many different ways you can help animals, have a look at the website ManyWaysToHelpAnimals.com

MWTHA Blog: Top Choices Of Cruelty Free Chocolate For Christmas

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Having been vegan since 2017, I have spent a lot of that time tasting vegan food products. Having a very sweet tooth, a fair portion has been sweet things like chocolate. I wanted to make sure that, this Christmas, I will have chocolate to guzzle that tastes just as good as the chocolate the non-vegans around me are guzzling.

Image: Just a few of the delicious vegan chocolate bars available to chomp on this Christmas.

Choosing products without animal products in can only be a good thing, as it is far better for the environment, and does not support the exploitation of enslaved animals.

If you are unaware of the emotional and physical abuse dairy cows live through, or want to learn more about it, watch this short video.

The Life Of Dairy Cows, In Short

If you imagine this happening to you, you can empathise with how cruel it is: Dairy cows are impregnated over and over again so they produce milk. They have their babies taken away over and over again, so we can steal their calf’s milk. They pine and cry for their babies for many days, over and over again. The baby cries and pines for their mother. If their calf is male, they are killed in any manner of cruel ways, or kept in a crate until slaughtered. If female, the calf is given the same life of misery their mothers had. If you want to be informed, look into dairy industry cruelty further online.

***OUR TOP CRUELTY FREE CHOCOLATE CHOICES***

I’ve tried many vegan chocolate bars in my mission to find ones that are just as sweet, creamy, and melt-in-the-mouth as their non-vegan counterparts. Many times my hopes have been high, only to be dashed. But I have found my favourites. I also have the input of my other half, Steve, and my friend, Helen.

Rapunzel Nirwana Praline

Pros: This praline chocolate bar is not only sweet enough, but it melts in the mouth perfectly. The chocolate tastes really nice.

Cons: The big draw back is that in most areas, this is hard to come by, unless ordered online. It come from Germany. The first time I tried it I had found it in the 8th Day Co-op in Manchester. I sometimes get a slightly bitter aftertaste. However, Steve says he does not experience this.

Galaxy Caramelised Hazelnut

Pros: This bar is sweet enough and the chocolate tastes nice. These are available at Tesco.

Cons: at room temperature, I find it doesn’t melt in the mouth as easily as I’d like it to, but if I warm it with my body heat to soften it a little before eating it, that resolves it. Plus, Steve doesn’t notice this con at all, so it’s not a con for him.

Galaxy Smooth Orange

Pros: This is a lovely orange flavoured sweet and creamy chocolate. These are available at Tesco.

Cons: The same as above.

Galaxy Caramel and Sea Salt

Pros: This is sweet enough, and salty too. It is the favourite out of the three vegan Galaxy bars of Steve and my friend Helen.

Cons: Same as above.

Vivani Or iChoc White Nougat Crisp

Pros: These are lovely and sweet. Although not as easily found as the Galaxy vegan bars, these bars seem to be more commonly found than the Rapunzel Nirwana Praline bars. You can buy them online and in some health food/vegan shops.

Cons: Same as above, and it’s a shame they are not more readily available in more shops.

Bohme Orange Creme

Pros: Although this has a shell of dark chocolate, the sweet orange filling compensates and makes it sweet enough overall. It melts in the mouth nicely too.

Cons: I was really pleased to be able to get these bars fairly cheaply from Home Bargains, but then they just suddenly stopped being stocked, so now I don’t know where to find them. I only hope HB bring them back.

Moser Roth Orange Creams

Pros: These orange cream chocolates have a dark chocolate shell, but the orange cream inside is so sweet that it compensates and makes them sweet enough overall. It melts in the mouth nicely.

Cons: It turns out these are one of the “Special” items that Aldi only gets in stock for a short while. They are all gone out of my Aldi. I can only hope they bring them back.

Go Max Go Thumbs Up Bar

Pros: A final favourite of mine is this bar, available from the AnimalAid online shop. It is both sweet enough, and just the right amount of salty with it. I didn’t notice it having that feeling waxy or claggy in my mouth.

Cons: These bars are expensive for the size they are. They can only be bought online or in some health food/vegan shops. The chocolate on its own is not very nice, as I could tell from trying many of the other bars in the Go Max Go range. Thankfully, there is not much of it on the bar and you don’t notice it.

Nomo Caramel And Sea Salt

Pros: This is another Favourite of Steve’s, but not mine, is Nomo caramel and sea salt, found in some Tesco stores.

Cons: This does not melt in my mouth easily enough and feels waxy, claggy and clumpy. Steve does not really notice it and doesn’t think it’s a con like I do.

If you would like to see how you could have a Christmas without hurting animals, you can find an ethical shopping guide for animal lovers, here, and ways to avoid hurting animals with your Christmas, here. This will all also help the planet too.