Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cruelty Free Christmas Shopping - a way to help animals

News from The Cruelty Free Shop who support The Rabbit Sanctuary
In This Issue:
- Happenings
- New products: french champagne truffles, onion & garlic-free bounty burgers, vegebear sweets, custard powder
- Cruelty-free Christmas gift ideas
- Christmas delivery deadlines
- Carols by barnlight (VIC)

- How do you know if a product is really cruelty-free?
- Indian cooking classes (NSW)
- Designer vegan cakes (NSW)
- Vegan blog

- Vege social events
- Charity of the month (he’s a Christmas turkey!)
- Recipe of the month
- Quote of the month
We got an early Christmas present in November when we found out that we had been voted “Australia’s Favourite Vegan Business” in the Aduki/Uproar Awards. Thank you to everyone who voted for us and everyone who has supported us over the past (almost) ten years. We are very proud to be your favourite; we love what we do and are so happy you do too! Click here to check out the other winners.
The Cruelty Free Shop will be open all the way through the Christmas, New Year period so you never have to go without your vegan treats. We would like to wish you all a merry cruelty-free Christmas and a very happy new year!
New Products
Booja Booja French Champagne Truffles
These deeply luxurious and seductive truffles are infused with organic, biodynamic French Champagne. Presented in an attractive, gold and black square box these are sure to delight every chocolate connoisseur.
Bounty Burgers
We all know that
Bounty Burgers are "meaty" and delicious, high in protein, low in fat and made here in Australia but did you know that they now also have an garlic and onion free option for people who avoid these foods for health or religious reasons?
Vegebears Sweets
Gelatine-free treats!
Frooty Fruits are delightfully chewy and fruity pastilles and Fruit Jellies are delicious organic bear-shaped fruit jellies. Both are bursting with organic goodness and make the ideal natural treat for kids.
Custard Powder
All natural custard powder that makes rich, creamy custard almost instantly. Great to pour over your Christmas pudding!
Cruelty-free Christmas Gift Ideas
Christmas is the perfect time to share some cruelty-free, vegan cheer! Here are some gift ideas, guaranteed to please.
The 12 gifts of Christmas
1. Pure Gaisha makes a wide range of natural products for your body, their divine Body Whips are my absolute favourite, they smell amazing and moisturise better than anything else I've tried.
2. Gaia has a very popular organic men's range with scrubs, moisturisers, hair care and shave gel.
3. Organic Home makes the loveliest, long-burning soy wax candles in a range of gorgeous scents.
4. Vegan cookbooks such as Lynda Stoner's Now Vegan! make a great gift.
5. Edgar’s Mission calendars feature truly beautiful photos of rescued animals to make you smile every month.
6. Alba Botanicals have a lovely tropical smelling range of sea salt scrubs and body creams and lotions
7. Desert River soaps< /font> are palm-oil-free and scented with essential oils.
8. Gingerbread Christmas Miniatures make a great little gift for teachers, posties or anyone who deserves a treat.
9. Alpha chocolate coated plums or liq ueur apricot gift boxes feature the lush, dark Alpha chocolate that is the best vegan chocolate I've tasted.
10. Booja Booja's hand-made, organic truffles are the connoisseurs chocolate.
11. Snacking on vegan caviar & pates shows that vegans don't have to do without anything now!
12. Redwood's Cheatin’ Turkey Roast stuffed with cranberry and wild rice or Cheatin' Beef Roast stuffed with Horseradish make the perfect centrepiece of your vegan Christmas dinner surrounded by crispy roast vegetables and followed with Chocolate Rum Balls or .Constant Craving Truffles
Easy Gift Giving
Our beautifully presented Gift Hampers are packed with luxurious cruelty-free products and gourmet vegan goodies and can be delivered anywhere in Australia. Or you can simply give a Gift Voucher so they can choose their own treats.
Christmas Delivery Deadlines
To ensure your vegan goodies arrive in time for Christmas, we suggest that you place your orders before the following dates:
Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra – 20/12
Regional VIC, QLD, SA, ACT – 17/12
Sydney - 22/12
Regional NSW – 20/12
NT, Tasmania, WA – 15/12
Carols by Barnlight (VIC)
Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary invites you to  join them from 4-8pm on Saturday 11 December for Carols by Barnlight at 365 McHargs Road, Willowmavin. Enjoy a delicious vegan BBQ, meet over 150 rescued animal residents, take the farm tour and then settle in to the barn for carol singing. For more information visit
How do you know if a product is really cruelty-free?
Since no government regulation exists for cruelty-free labeling of personal care and household products, companies can essentially make any animal testing claims they want. So how is the conscientious consumer able to discern which products are truly cruelty-free? Choose Cruelty Free Australia was created to provide consumers with the most accurate information possible about a company's no-animal testing policy.
To become Choose Cruelty Free (CCF) accredited, a company must agree not to conduct or commission animal testing of any kind after a fixed cut-off date. In addition, the company must get all third-party manufacturers and suppliers to individually agree not to engage in animal testing for its products. The Cruelty Free Shop carries a wide assortment of products from CCF accredited companies including MyUtopia, Pure Gaisha, Alba Botanics, RJ Mineral Cosmetics, Nat io and Biologika.
CCF has made it easy to shop without cruelty. To make sure the products you use are genuinely cruelty-free see the list of companies accredited in Australia visit
Indian Cooking Classes (Sydney)
Ma Indian Cooking courses represent a passion for cooking and a passion for life. They are designed to equip you with the skills to create vegetarian and vegan Indian cuisine that is delicious, wholesome and fresh. Find out more about the classes and when they run here:
Vegan cake business (NSW)
Now vegans too can enjoy designer cakes for weddings, birthdays and other special occasions. Pure Dawning specialises in award wining centerpiece cakes that are delicious and moist, made fresh for you from quality ingredients and are exquisitely decorated to suit your style. They specialise in 3D custom designs and fun sugar art decorations, while also providing beautiful traditional and contemporary cakes depending on your preferences. Their cakes really are works of art....and they’re all vegan! Visit
Vegan blogs
Zinnea Pea, Vegan and designer and creator of handmade little treasures in the gorgeous Adelaide Hills:
Zinnia Pea's Blog.
Charity of the Month
Banjo is one of 36 turkeys who will not be turning up on a table this Christmas; Banjo was rescued from the horrors of intensive farming by caring people who took him straight to the safety of A Poultry Place Animal Sanctuary. Banjo’s new life of waking up on a bed of straw and spending the morning on a grassy field before retreating to the shade of fruit trees to nap as the day warms up is a far cry from the windowless shed he came from. That shed denied him the freedom to do any of the things that come naturally to him and his mates, like dust-bathing, running, flapping his wings and dancing.
Despite his luck, Banjo still bears the scars of having been a factory farmed turkey. Part of his beak has been cut off and will never grow back; he has a slowly healing wound on his right shoulder where his brothers and sisters walked over him in the crowded shed to get food and his infant skeleton struggles to support his 13kg body weight. Despite his handicaps Banjo will enjoy a much longer life than the 12 weeks he would have lived in a factory farm before being slaughtered for someone’s Christmas dinner.
A Poultry Place is an animal sanctuary in Southern NSW that specialises in the care of our feathered friends run by ex-Animal Liberation director Bede. Bede provides a home for over 250 rescued and abandoned turkeys, geese, peacocks, ducks, ex-battery hens, rescued broilers and roosters, along with several sheep, goats and cats. A Poultry Place receives no government funding and is reliant on donations to continue their wonderful work for animals. Please consider adding a donation to your next Cruelty Free Shop order for Ban jo and A Poultry Place.
Recipe of the Month
Simone’s Cheesy Puffs
- Puff pastry sheets
- Redwood cheatin'
pepperoni slices
- Redwood cheatin'
ham-style slices
- Cheezly super-melting
- Preheat oven to 150'C.
- Cut pastry sheet into quarters.
- Cut mock meats into little squares.
- Place the mock meats into the middle of each quarter of pastry.
- Grate cheezly and place on the top of the mock meats.
- Fold quarters so they are closed.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes on 150C
Quote of the Month
“If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others... why wouldn’t we?” Pam Ahern, Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary