11 April 2014

Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Slice

raw vegan dairy-free gluten-free sugar-free chocolate coconut slice dessert recipe

This decadent and entirely scrumptious dessert is healthy, vegan, raw, gluten free and sugar free! Amazing right!? If you're without allergies or strict dietary standards that long list of freeness just might scare you off... but please don't let it! This slice is more delicious than one packed with sugar! Ok... so it kind of has sugar in it... all natural though, nothing bad. You can choose 100% pure maple syrup or 100% pure agave nectar to sweeten.

If you're a chocaholic and a bit coconutty like me, then you will love this!!!

22 March 2014

What’s Vegan at Baker’s Delight

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Welcome to my updated list of What’s Vegan at Baker’s Delight! This list now contains literally every product that is vegan at Baker’s Delight and best yet they’re palm oil free! Thanks to Bronny from Palm Oil Free Vegan Living for info and support. There are only very few products that may contain palm oil in the list, all of which are in the Sweet section and clearly labelled as such!

There are 155 Vegan Baker’s Delight products listed only 6 of which may contain palm oil!!!

3 March 2014

Feral Cats Vs. Tasmanian Devils

Written by Bridget Conway

Tasmanian Devil, Sarcophilus Harrisii, SpeciesIt looks like Tasmanian Devils have yet another threat they must face in order to survive – feral cats. Recent research has prompted the idea that feral cats may be another cause of the decline of the beloved Devils, due to the sheer size, number and veracity of them. “Surveys being conducted [by postgraduate researcher Bronwyn Fancourt of the University of Tasmania] are showing a sharp decline of eastern quolls, and at the same time, a rise in feral cat sightings.” Although the link between these two animals is still yet to be discovered, Ms. Fancourt believes that by “transmitting disease, competing and preying on native animals [and] replacing the Tasmanian devil in the food chain,” feral cats may be a real problem for our native fauna.

8 February 2014

W.A. Shark Cull

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The Western Australian shark cull has caused animal lovers and marine scientists all over Australia to come together for an important cause. Last Saturday, on the 1st of February, thousands of Aussies attended protests across the country – many of whom were not even in WA.

 

The people have a lot to be angry about – the WA government’s plan to set up baits and nets in waters surrounding WA’s beaches will lure all types of sharks, from Great White to Tiger sharks, to the nets and then entangle them for hours while they suffer and then die. The WA Premier Colin Barnett has ‘introduced the culling operations after seven fatal shark attacks off the West Australian coast in the past three years,’ the latest of which killed a 35-year-old surfer in November of last year. The first shark to be killed as a result of the cull was on Australia day and since then we have seen a number of others get caught in the net as well.

The cull has ‘alarmed and horrified marine conservationists since it goes against the global effort to protect the declining shark population.’ The impact of culling the shark population will have ‘a broader impact on the marine ecosystem’ and Sea Shepherd Australia managing director Jeff Hansen stated that ‘sharks help control the population of other marine animals since they remove the weaker members of the population.’ It would also add to the already increasing rate of sharks being killed by humans – up to 100 million sharks are killed each year. Furthermore, killing off sharks will not only disrupt the marine ecosystem, but has potential to decimate ‘the region’s fisheries stock.’

The protest in NSW’s Manly Beach was criticised by WA fisheries minister Ken Baston as a hypocritical protest. He pointed out that the cull in WA is justified because ‘other states in Australia like NSW, including at Manly Beach, have had similar successful shark mitigation strategies for many years.’ However, the protestors were well aware that their own state should be under fire for introducing nets, and at the protest they raised their concerns about the shark nets in NSW, pointing out the ‘controversy last year after a baby whale became entangled in a net and died off Mona Vale Beach.’

Activists are turning towards raising money to ‘fund a legal challenge to the cull’ which will hopefully engage the politicians more than ‘dialogue … diplomatic entreaties [and] petitions.’ The Guardian’s article which was written last year about the number of sharks killed by humans each year sums this all up perfectly – ‘we are now the predators. Humans have mounted an unrelenting assault on sharks, and their numbers are crashing throughout the world’s oceans.’

That was written a whole year ago. Since then, 100 million sharks have been killed and now, thanks to WA’s government, that yearly number will rise.

28 January 2014

Lion cubs at Zoodoo Wildlife Park revealed to the public

Written by Bridget Conway

On Saturday 25th January, a mere twelve days after four white lion cubs were born at the Zoodoo Wildlife Park in Richmond, Tasmania, the cubs were revealed to the public. Not only that, but the cubs have been removed from the full-time care of their mother, Kiara, to be hand-raised by the keepers.

Zoodoo owner Trevor Cuttriss stated that ‘hand raising these four lion cubs means that the cubs will not fear humans, nor will they be stressed in their captive environments, frantically trying to escape.’

A filmmaker shooting video of the cubs frolicking around stated that captive environment births such as this one show hope ‘around the world that extinct animals in the wild can be raised once again in a wildlife zoo or park.’

The Zoodoo Wildlife Park has numerous captive animals and is ‘one of the largest wildlife parks in Tasmania.’ It also boasts that visitors can ‘get closer to some of your favourite animals’ and this is probably due to the fact that they hand-raise the majority of their animals. This is all fine and dandy for tourist and attraction purposes. But Dr. Patrick Guay, an ecologist at Victoria University, states that ‘if you don’t provide [animals] with a similar environment to their wild habitat, the captive animals won’t have the same behaviour as those in the wild.’

Back in 2012, Guay conducted a study on captive animals vs. wild animals, which has shown that captivity reduces brain size in animals and can actually in some cases be harmful towards rehabilitating the species and establishing them back into the wild. A new Australian study has shown that stripe-faced dunnarts, a type of marsupial, retain the same brain-size as wild dunnarts only when they are bred for a short period of time in captivity.

Not only can brain size and behaviour change in captive animals, but captivity can also cause problems with exercise, life span, disease, injury and socialisation. One only needs to spend a few hours at a local zoo to see that animals in captivity are rarely happy and/or healthy.

Hand raising may make it safe for keepers to cuddle these new lion cubs, but it will never make them adept to living a life that they were meant to live. They will never be able to hunt or make it in the wild and will have to spend their life in captivity because there is nowhere else for them. Which begs the question – when and how will we start to reintroduce these beautiful extinct animals back into nature when all of them are too trusting of humans and have lost their natural instincts?

Bridget – “I am a young writer originally from America, who moved to Australia 6 years ago. Since then I have obtained a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and Theatre with an honours in Australian contemporary literature that focuses on posthumanism and animal liberation. This year I will be starting a PhD in Humanities focusing on science fiction literature, art, media and theory and it's relation to post humanism. I have been vegetarian for 10 years now and have never looked back! I love animals and have devoted myself to them time and time again. Words are my weapon in this battle, which can be especially important because animals are without words.”

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