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Crocodile Farming in Australia

Crocodile Farming in Australia

Saltwater crocodiles are factory-farmed in massive numbers across Australia mainly for the sake of luxury fashion – their skins are made into very expensive (and very non-essential) handbags, belts and wallets. There are currently at least 21 intensive facilities in operation in Queensland and the 

Vegan Camp Out Australia – 10 Reasons to Go!

Vegan Camp Out Australia – 10 Reasons to Go!

Australia’s first ever fully vegan festival arrives in 2023 – Sydney get ready for Vegan Camp Out Australia! The highly popular Vegan Camp Out has been running in the UK since 2016 and is the largest vegan camping festival globally, attracting campers from over 40 

Tell the Cairns Convention Centre to STOP Animal Cruelty!

Tell the Cairns Convention Centre to STOP Animal Cruelty!

This Saturday the Cairns Convention Centre will host a bull riding competition – subjecting animals to an unfamiliar, unnatural and uncomfortable environment in the name of entertainment. Why is bull riding cruel? As a sport that seemingly symbolizes courage and skill, bull riding has historically had a wide following. But popularity is dwindling as people realise that beneath the glitz and action lies a disturbing reality—the inherent cruelty inflicted upon the animals involved. Read below to understand more on how the bulls suffer in the name of ‘sport’. If you are an animal lover, then please take a moment to email and call the Cairns Convention Centre management team to let them know that we don’t support their decision to host such a barbaric exhibition of animal cruelty. You can call the Convention Centre directly on 07 4042 4200 to ask them why they are supporting this cruelty by agreeing to host the event. You can also find email contact addresses below:

Janet Hamilton (General Manager) – jhamilton@cairnsconvention.com.au

Wayne Smith (Business Development Manager) – wsmith@cairnsconvention.com.au

Cathy Taylor (Business Development Manager) – ctaylor@cairnsconvention.com.au

events@cairnsconvention.com.au

info@cairnsconvention.com.au

Image of cruel bull riding with stop sign across

Why is bull riding cruel?

Bull riding causes Physical and Psychological Distress to Bulls:

Bulls are magnificent creatures known for their power, agility, and natural instincts. In the context of bull riding, they are subjected to immense physical and psychological stress. In Australia, the animals are often provoked into a state of aggression through the use of flank straps, electric prods, or spurs. These devices cause discomfort and pain, prompting the bulls to buck violently in an attempt to free themselves from the irritation.

Furthermore, the intense and forceful movements during bull riding can lead to severe injuries, including broken bones, torn ligaments, and even fatalities. The animals experience fear and confusion as they are pushed beyond their natural limits, resulting in significant harm to their physical and mental well-being.

Inadequate Animal Care in Bull riding:

Regrettably, the welfare of bulls involved in rodeo events, including bull riding, is often compromised in Australia. Bulls are treated as mere commodities, with their health and well-being often overshadowed by the desire for entertainment. Long-distance transport, confinement in small enclosures, exposure to loud noises, and stressful environments all contribute to the distress and anxiety experienced by these animals.

Additionally, the competitive nature of bull riding can lead to the use of aggressive training techniques that disregard the natural behaviours and needs of the bulls. Painful devices, such as spurs, may be employed to elicit the desired response, causing unnecessary suffering. Insufficient veterinary care and inadequate rest periods further exacerbate the strain placed on these animals, resulting in long-term physical and emotional harm.

Ethical Considerations of Bull riding:

From an ethical standpoint, it becomes increasingly challenging to justify the cruelty inherent in bull riding. Animals used in such events do not have a say in their participation, and their well-being is often compromised for human entertainment. It is essential to question whether the fleeting thrill experienced by spectators justifies the suffering endured by these sentient beings.

In an era where animal welfare is gaining significant attention and support, it is crucial to reevaluate our attitudes towards activities that exploit animals for human amusement. The entertainment industry should strive to promote compassionate forms of entertainment that prioritize the rights and dignity of all living beings.

Bull riding, although celebrated by some as an exhilarating and traditional sport, cannot escape the reality of its inherent cruelty. The physical and psychological distress experienced by the bulls, combined with the lack of proper care and ethical concerns, underscore the need for introspection. As a society, we must foster a culture that values and protects the welfare of animals, seeking alternative forms of entertainment that do not rely on their exploitation. By acknowledging the cruelty involved in bull riding, we can take steps towards building a more compassionate and humane Australia.

You can read more on this link about why bull riding is cruel.

If you’re looking for somewhere local to eat we’ve put together a list of Cairns best vegan eats here.

Everyday Vegan Mum Podcast with Kristy Alger

Everyday Vegan Mum Podcast with Kristy Alger

From the archives – this is the Everyday Vegan Mum Podcast episode 16 with Kristy Alger from 2019. The Everyday Vegan Mum Podcast ran for 26 episodes during 2018 – 2020 where I had the privilege of interviewing inspiring vegans across Australia and New Zealand 

Veganism Down Under: A Sustainable Choice for the Australian Environment

Veganism Down Under: A Sustainable Choice for the Australian Environment

This weekend I am holding a vegan outreach stall at the annual Cairns Ecofiesta – a sustainability festival here in Far North Queensland. It’s hard not to talk about our food choices when contemplating the environment, climate change, and protecting our planet, as animal agriculture 

Cairns Vegan Eats

Cairns Vegan Eats

If you find yourself in Tropical North Queensland you’re in for a treat – from the best bahn mi to delicious donuts and tasty tapas we’ve got you covered with our list of the best vegan-friendly restaurants in and around Cairns.

Vegan curry bowl in Cairns
Lunch from Root Vegetarian

Breakfast/Lunch

Snoogies Health Bar Cairns – Main Arcade, 82 Grafton St, Cairns City – Juices, smoothies, salads, wraps, Acai bowls, lots of vegan options.

Root Vegetarian – 82 Lake St, Cairns City – 100% plant-based restaurant serving delicious and healthy curries, rice, dumplings, snacks, bowls and specials.

The Healthy Hub – 45 Moffat St, Cairns North – Grocery and produce with lots of vegan products as well as a cafe with vegan options and cakes.

Bury Me Standing – 49-51 Spence St, Cairns City – everything is vegan-friendly – hot dogs, bagels, sweet treats, iced-coffees and more.

Falafellicious – 49 Spence St, Cairns City – amazing vegan falafel bowls and kebabs

Ozmosis Cafe, 116 Collins St, Edge Hill – Good breakfast options – and Vietnamese style coffee with condensed coconut milk.

Lillipad Cafe, 72 Grafton Street, Cairns City – big breakfasts with vegan friendly options.

Crave Cairns – 117 Abbot Street, Cairns City – Vegan breakfast and lunch options

The Quack Coffee – 105 McLeod St, Cairns City – White Whale Coffee and vegan cakes and treats.

Guyala Cafe, 2 Smith St, Cairns North – Vegan breakfast options

The Roti Shack, 93 Lake St, Cairns City – Caribbean street food – offers a couple of vegan options

Sushio Tokyo – Smithfield Shopping Centre, Smithfield – vegan sushi and Japanese mains.

Vegan salad Cairns
Snoogies delivering the goods once again!

Dinner

Rendezvous du Vietnam – 1 Aplin St, Cairns City – French/Vietnamese food with separate Vegan menu.

Vitalia’s Italian Restaurant – The Pier, Cairns – Dedicated vegan menu with lots of options

Moku Bar & Grill, Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort – vegan steaks, parmis and more – Monday nights are 2-4-1 vegan dishes

Marinades Indian, 43 Spence St, Cairns City – Inidan cuisine with a dedicated vegan menu.

Miss Chief, 39-49 Lake St, Cairns City – Vegan tapas options and cocktails

Pho Street – Night Markets, Cairns City – ask for the vegan bahn mi

Viet Fresh, 87 Lake St, Cairns City

Spicy Bite (Edge Hill and Cairns City) – Indian food – two venues – loads of vegan options

Yummy Noodle – Orchid Plaza, 58 Lake St, Cairns City – lots of vegan options.

Dundees – Waterfront and Aquarium – both have vegan menus

Sweets and Treats

YOMG – frozen yoghurts – 125 Abbott St, Cairns City – normally 3-4 vegan options plus toppings.

Rusty’s Markets – vegan pancakes & more

OMG! Decadent Donuts, 217 Sheridan St, Cairns North

Gelocchio – 93 Esplanade, Cairns City – Gelato & Sorbet – loads of vegan options.

Helga’s Pancake House – 45-47 Spence St, Cairns City – separate vegan menu.

The Source Bulk Foods – 85 Lake Street, Cairns City – lots of vegan lollies, chocolate and supplies

Cairns vegan gelato
Gelocchio – where to start?!

Cairns’ Surrounds

Bam Pow – Port Douglas – 100% plant-based street food

Fruibies – Kuranda – 100% vegan & organic – juices, pizza, burgers, salads

Have we listed your favourite? If you’ve found any other vegan-friendly Cairns eateries please leave a comment below. For up-to-date reviews and recommendations you can also join the Cairns Vegans and Surrounds Facebook group.

Are you looking for some reading to do over lunch? Check out our list of books every vegan should read and nourish your mind too!

Vegan Wine in Australia

Vegan Wine in Australia

We are on the search for the best vegan wine in Australia! You may be surprised to learn that wine isn’t naturally vegan being made from grapes, yet many Australian wines use animal products in their production processes. In Australia winemakers are allowed to have 

Vegan Period Underwear – Modibodi Review

Vegan Period Underwear – Modibodi Review

Australian brand Modibodi have long been a favourite of mine, so I was delighted to hear that they have launched a full range of vegan period underwear, swimwear and activewear. If you haven’t heard of it before, period underwear is a revolutionary concept to keep 

Three Ingredient Vegan Scones

Three Ingredient Vegan Scones

One of my friends is an amazing baker and knows how much help I need in the kitchen so she always sends me her simplest recipes! Here is a super quick and simple recipe for absolutely delicious vegan scones. It’s also a great one to make with the kids.

A plate of three ingredient vegan scones with vegan cream and jam

Ingredients

3 cups Self raising flour
1 cup coconut cream (firm part without excess liquid)
1 cup lemonade

Makes 8-12 depending on cutter.

A baking tray with fresh three-ingredient vegan scones

Method

Preheat oven to 200°c.

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Fold together until just combined. Don’t overmix. It will be a wetish mixture. Add 1 tbsp flour if it’s too wet. Gently bring mix together and tip onto floured work bench. Pat the dough softly with your hands until it’s about 3-4cm thick. Cut out to desired size with a round cutter. Place on lined baking tray 1cm apart. Brush with plant milk and bake until golden, roughly 10-15 mins depending on oven.
Allow to cool slightly then smother in jam and coconut cream ?

We used Nakula thickened cream from the supermarket, but you can easily make your own with just a can of coconut cream – click here for the full vegan whipped cream recipe.

A close up photo of a three ingredient vegan scone with jam and vegan cream

It’s that simple! Comment below on how you went with the recipe!

Three ingredient vegan scones on a plate with vegan cream and jam
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Bare Brush Review, Eco-Friendly Bamboo Toothbrush

Bare Brush Review, Eco-Friendly Bamboo Toothbrush

Going vegan is one of the best things to do for the planet. Mother Earth is in crisis, and we all need to do as much as possible to reverse the damage. I recently read a report from the United Nations that stated the meat