Kill or No Kill shelters: how you can help

After seeing PETA’s shocking support of shelters that kill due to overpopulation of orphaned pets, one can only ask why? How can PETA possibly justify that choice? Is it enough to say that the cruelty of keeping them alive outweighs that of taking their lives? Let’s look at both sides of the argument and how we can help solve the problem no matter which side of the fence you take. PETA’s defense lies in arguing that life in a shelter, caged up for years does far worse to an animal than the quick injection, based on stories of animals going […] Read more »

Stop the shark massacre

In less than 48 hours, a misguided new policy is set to begin off the coast of Western Australia that will see sharks hunted and killed. Despite more than 100 leading scientists opposing the new ‘catch and kill’ policy and protests from community groups and individuals, the policy is set to start on Friday. The ‘new shark plan’ by the Western Australian Government will see large sharks removed from designated ‘save areas’ and then killed, including nationally protected (and threatened) Great White Sharks, in a bid to prevent human injuries and deaths caused by shark attacks. The ludicrousness of this […] Read more »

Christmas shopping? Give ‘em the bird!

Can’t bear to face the Christmas shopping crowds, the assault of carols at every turn or the saccharine smiles of service staff who haven’t seen daylight in days? The solution is simple – give ‘em the bird! Adopt-a-penguin for your friends, family and that hard-to-buy-for cousin and you’ll not only avoid a case of ‘silly seasonitis’, but all proceeds go to the Penguin Foundation and penguin conservation, research and wildlife rescue on Phillip Island. Give ‘em the bird and there’ll be no need to suffer through Jingle Bells at the shopping centre at 1am while you fight for the last […] Read more »

Last chance to support human-animal research

Our offer helping the Australian Anthrozoology Research Foundation (AARF) with the purchase of Moments of Connection ends this Friday October 25. Here at Adore Animals, we fully support the amazing work done through the AARF. We’ve long known the benefits that animals have on humans, that’s why we published a coffee table book on the benefits that animals have on children. The book is called Moments of Connection – check out the video of the book here and testimonials here. It’s the perfect synergy to help the AARF by the sale of this book, that’s why we’ve teamed up with […] Read more »

Egg Victory

Animal protection organisation Animals Australia has announced that Woolworths has become the first Australian supermarket to commit to a phase out of ALL cage eggs by 2018. According to their report, the supermarket giant is responding to growing consumer demand to address animal welfare. As part of the overhaul, caged eggs will also no longer be an ingredient of any home-brand product. In 2009, caged eggs accounted for 70 per cent of egg sales at Woolworths. Now, caged eggs account for 50 per cent of eggs sold and the 12 caged egg suppliers to Woolworths will have time to shift […] Read more »

Ideas to help animals

In October, the University of Melbourne’s ‘Festival of Ideas’ is a smorgasbord of events. One of these events aims to help the orangutan under threat in Indonesia and Borneo by highlighting the devastating effects of palm oil production.   Palm oil is used in a number of everyday items including snack foods, cleaning products and toiletries. Current palm oil production methods have a dire impact on the environment and communities in which the industry operates. These devastating consequences include the deforestation of pristine rainforest in Indonesia and Borneo, putting already vulnerable species at risk of extinction. In Australia, palm oil […] Read more »

Challenge your pet and save lives

Spring may mean warmer months, but for animal shelters across Australia it also means an influx of abandoned and neglected puppies and kittens. In a bid to help cope with the extra numbers, the Animal Welfare League NSW (AWL) has launched their annual ‘Save a Life in September’ adoption drive and fundraiser and you can be a part of it by challenging your pet! The Pet Challenge is all about asking pet owners to set a challenge for their fur babies to help raise funds for abandoned animals, less fortunate than themselves. “As part of Save a Life we are […] Read more »

Supporting human-animal interaction research

Anthrozoology is the study of human-animal interaction. Animals contribute to our world in countless ways – from the joys of having a companion animal to the highly trained specialist in areas like health, security and border protection. It truly is amazing what animals give us. In areas of health, the possibilities and benefits of animals to humans is proving virtually endless. In fact, there are so many benefits and possibilities, that in May 2011, the Australian Anthrozoology Research Foundation (AARF) was founded with the aim of maximising human health through supporting scholarly research in human-animal relationships. The vision of the […] Read more »

Cha Cha

The magic of friendship between children and dogs is celebrated in this new children’s book series all about Cha Cha the golden labrador puppy. Cha Cha and the Picnic Basket is the first book in a new eight-part series by retired teacher and full-time mother Lisa Stephens. The tales of Cha Cha and his young owners explore values of friendship, family and pet ownership. “These are not simply books about a dog,” says Lisa. “They are stories about the relationship that forms between a new puppy and two little boys, and the significance of this as it continues to develop […] Read more »

It’s no free range in Queensland

Free range egg standards are set to drop dramatically in Queensland, the state which have long been reputed as a leader in the production of free range eggs in Australia. The Queensland Government has significantly weakened its free range egg standards, raising the allowable stocking density from 1,500 birds per hectare to a massive 10,000 per hectare while outdoors. The Queensland move comes at a time when the South Australian Government is adjusting its own voluntary free range standards to 1,500 birds per hectare in line with more humane free range accreditation systems, a move supported by Voiceless, the animal […] Read more »