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Voices (Issue 08, September 2011)

Welcome to the latest issue of Voices, Vegetarian Victoria's bi-monthly newsletter.

In this issue:
   01  Countdown to Vote on Live Export Cruelty - Only 2 Days Left!
   02  Live Export Industry's Hypocrisy on Animal Activists
   03  Upcoming Events
   04  30 Day Vegan Easy Challenge is Back! November 1-30, 2011
   05  VegVic's 'Vegetarianism's Going Places' Competition winners have been announced!
   06  Hundreds of Dr Gregor's videos for Free!
   07  Germany's Strongest Man is a Vegetarian
   08  A "Pardon" for Kayli the Cow
   09  Activists save Yvonne, the runaway cow
   10  Buy wine online and help raise funds for VegVic!
   11  Jane Goodall and Michael Kirby join animal think tank Voiceless as Patrons
   12  New vegan magazine for Australia
   13  Consumer guide to animal welfare labelling
   14  Business of the Month: It's Fresh
   15  New Book: Say No To Meat
   16  Vernon's Veg Facts: Onions and company
   17  Recent News Articles & Blog Posts
   18  Opti3 Complete Omega 3 Competition Winners
   19  About Vegetarian Victoria

Vegetarian Victoria
Promoting a healthy and compassionate lifestyle
www.vegetarianvictoria.org.au

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01  COUNTDOWN TO VOTE ON LIVE EXPORT CRUELTY - ONLY 2 DAYS
       LEFT!

The major political parties' refusal to allow a conscience vote on two Bills that could have ended live exports recently forced their MPs to vote along party lines - lines that are out of touch with the overwhelming public opposition to this cruel trade. But a new move by concerned Labor backbenchers offers real hope that Labor's out-dated policy on live export could be brought a step closer in line with community values. The 'notice of motion' put forward by Labor MP Tony Zappia will be debated in caucus on 13 September, and if passed would prohibit live export to all destinations unless it could be guaranteed that animals be stunned unconscious before slaughter.

While Animals Australia will continue to campaign for an end to the live export trade, this current move from within the Labor party would challenge importing countries to dramatically improve animal welfare standards and would ensure that those animals unfortunate enough to be exported before this cruel trade is banned are spared from the horrors of conscious slaughter.

It is critical that this motion be passed.

Please send an urgent message to your federal Labor MP and Senators expressing your continued opposition to live export while appealing to the ALP to immediately adopt the motion that will save countless animals from being slaughtered while fully conscious.

Click Here to Take Action!

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02  LIVE EXPORT INDUSTRY'S HYPOCRISY ON ANIMAL ACTIVISTS

While Meat and Livestock Australia is emerging as the focus of cattle industry anger over the mishandling of the live export issue, a key industry review two years ago dismissed concerns about live exports to Indonesia as the work of  "animal activists" trying to "turn the community against" live cattle exports to Indonesia. The review also proposed to reduce the proportion of levy funds directed at animal welfare.
The report also outlines an indicative budget for live exports markets: it proposes to keep funding for "improving welfare standards" at $186,000 pa, keep "community support" at $725,000 pa, but boost market development activities from over $900,000 to over $1m pa.
The view of the industry that animal welfare was a significantly lower priority than growing markets and was merely an issue being pushed by "animal activists" is confirmed by another, independent report on the levy increase, commissioned by the Committee and the MLA, by consultants Warwick Yates and Assoc and Econsearch.
In much more detail than the Committee’s report, the consultants delve into the issue of community concern about the welfare of live exports and declare victory. The report details how the industry significantly ramped up its funding for a “community concern program”, a marketing campaigned aimed at assuring people the cattle industry was humane.
...
In short, concerns about animal welfare in the live export trade were regarded by the industry as a simple marketing problem - "animal rights activist rhetoric" that needed to be countered by advertising, soft-soap media stories and Royal Shows.
Full story:
www.crikey.com.au

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03  UPCOMING EVENTS

LAUNCH OF 'BE KIND TO ANIMALS WEEK' 2011
Date:  Friday, 30 September
Time:  7pm
Where:  Kindness House
Address:  288 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Edgar's Mission proudly presents an evening with bestselling author Jeffrey Masson, the New York Times bestselling author of 9 books on the emotional lives of animals including The Pig Who Sang to the Moon, Dogs never lie about Love, and When Elephants Weep; The Emotional Lives of Animals. Join us for a special evening of delicious cruelty-free nibbles, and a screening of the great film for all ages, The Emotional Lives of Farm Animals, a fascinating journey into farm animals' rich emotional lives as told by sanctuary caregivers and behaviour experts. Mr Masson will speak and sign copies of his books, which will be for sale. For more info go to www.bekindtoanimalsweek.org or www.edgarsmission.org.au.

BE KIND TO ANIMALS WEEK 2011
1-7 October has been selected as "Be Kind to Animals Week". The reason for this is that October takes in several most important days for animals, the birth date of humanitarian and animal advocate Mohandas Gandhi on the 2nd, and World Animal Day along with the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals on the 4th.
There are so many ways we can help improve the lives of animals. It might be as simple as taking the dog for a walk, or leaving water out for native birds. Or perhaps you may choose to adopt an animal from a local shelter rather than buying one from a pet store. You may even wish to make the ultimate kind choice for animals and that is to choose not to eat them.
Be Kind to Animals Week has been launched to inspire people by making them realise just how easy it can be to make a real difference in an animals' life.
www.bekindtoanimalsweek.org

VEGVIC OCTOBER SOCIAL DINNER - NOSTRALIS WHOLEMEAL PIZZA
Date:  Saturday, 1 October
Time:  7pm
Where:  Nostralis Wholemeal Pizza
Address:  55 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield North
Vegetarian wholemeal pizza place. Pizza bases are made with organic 100% wholemeal flour; organic ingredients are used where possible; non-animal rennet cheese is used; vegan pizzas available.
RSVP:  Please RSVP to Emily at social.dinners@vegetarianvictoria.org.au by 
Friday23 September

WORLD ANIMAL DAY 2011
Date:  Sunday, 2 October
Time:  11am-4pm
Where:  Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary
Address:  365 McHarg's Road, Willowmavin via Kilmore
The glitz... the glamour.. the cow-pat throwing competition!
- Farm tours - meet our rescued animals
- Delicious cruelty-free fare
- Cooking demonstration
- Kids' activities & games
- Walk for the Animals
- Animal-friendly merchant stalls
- Guest Speakers: Virginie Bernhard renowned horse rehabilitator; Melbourne Vegan Strength;
  Mark Doneddu President of Vegetarian Victoria
- Keynote Speaker: Jeffrey Masson, the New York Times bestselling author of 9 books on the
  emotional lives of animals
- Free Entry!
- Participate in the Walk for the Animals - download your sponsorship sheet now from the Edgar's Mission website.

CRUELTY FREE WEST EXPO
Date
:  Saturday, 8 October
Time:  9am-3pm
Where:  C S Square Shopping Centre
Address: 13-19 Lake Street, Caroline Springs
Caroline Springs Animal Welfare Network are hosting an interactive, family friendly event on Saturday 8 October. The Cruelty Free West Expo is a chance to learn more about animal welfare and how you can make a difference to your health, the animals and the planet. The expo will also showcase local cruelty free businesses. We will encourage consumers to think differently about their purchases on our supermarket shopping tours, try some delicious vegan fare and meet and greet some of the animal ambassadors from Edgar's Mission.
Contact:  Rana Hales, 0410 315 808
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=164892640253296
* We are also looking for volunteers on the day to assist with promotion, shopping tours, vegan BBQ etc. Please send an email with your contact details and availability to csawnetwork@gmail.com.
PLAN OF THE DAY:  This will be a free event with a family friendly focus.
9.00-11.00am  Welcome, stalls in operation, meet rescued farm animals from Edgar’s Mission,
                      kids’ activities, enter prize draws and collect showbags.
11.00am  Veggie sausage sizzle available 
11.30am  First Ethical Shopping Tour begins (through CS Square)
12.30pm  Ethical Shopping Tour
1.30pm  Ethical Shopping Tour
2.30pm  Prizes drawn

LIVING GREEN FESTIVAL - CANBERRA
Date
:  Sunday, 16 October
Time:  10am to 4pm
Where:  Albert Hall, Commonwealth Ave
This year Canberra will be holding its first ever vegan festival on Sunday 16 October 2011. The ‘Living Green Festival’ will be held in Albert Hall, a well-known heritage building right in the centre of Canberra. The Festival will focus on the relationship between climate change, the environment, and animals, and will showcase ways we can reduce our carbon footprint and be more considerate of the other animals we share this planet with. That’s why the theme of our Festival is ‘a kinder shade of green’.
We’ve already received a 2011 Climate Change Grant from the ACT Government, and we’re finalising the great product and food stalls that will be there, so now all we need is YOU to come up to the Nation’s Capital to support our inaugural vegan festival! It will be held on the last day of Canberra’s big flower festival, Floriade, so you can fit both in on a weekend’s trip up from the big smoke! The Festival venue is also close to nearby tourist attractions such as the National Museum, Questacon, and the Parliament Houses, and is accessible by bus, bicycle and on foot.
More information about the Festival is at www.livinggreenfestival.org.au. If you’d like to participate in the Festival in any way, you can also get in touch by emailing contact@livinggreenfestival.org.au or on Facebook or Twitter.
So come and tiptoe through the tulips to Canberra’s first ever vegan festival - help us make it a real success!

2011 ANIMAL ACTIVIST FORUM
Following a very busy year for the Australian animal activist community, we are pleased to invite all Australian activists to the 2011 Animal Activist Forum. This year's event will be held in Melbourne on 22-23 October. The venue this year will be the Abbottsford Convent.
This year's forum will have three rooms booked and will allow for three seminars to run concurrently throughout the weekend; attendees will have the choice to only attend the sessions of interest to themselves.
Following the warm reception of last year's British speaker, this year we will be having even more international speakers. So far confirmed are: 
- Eminent Austrian Activist, Physicist & Philosopher, Martin Balluch 
- Author of Change of Heart and Humane League founder, Nick Cooney 
As well as many topics including:
- Organisation reviews 
- Caring for injured wildlife 
- Promoting veganism 
- Intersectionality 
- Preventing burn-out 
- Photography 
- Environmentalism & Animal Rights 
- And many more! 
For further details and to register please go to www.activistsforum.com.
In addition to the forum social events will be organised throughout the weekend.
If you wish to present on a specific topic, or on the work that your group has been involved with in the past year, please let us know at info@activistsforum.com.

WORLD VEGAN DAY MELBOURNE 2011 - NOT TO BE MISSED!
Date:  Sunday, 6 November
Time:  10am-5pm
Where:  Abbotsford Convent
Address:  1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford
Get ready for the biggest and best World Vegan Day Melbourne ever! With even more stalls, more events, more opportunities to meet like-minded people, a great line up of musicians (playing all day!), delicious food, speakers, kids & families area, speed dating, food demonstrators and HUGE numbers of people, you'd be crazy to miss it!
It's like a festival and an expo rolled into one, your very own piece of vegan heaven for a day!
Over 100 Stalls including food, personal care products, clothing, cosmetics, groceries, raw food, lollies, accessories, baby care, not-for-profit organisations and a whole lot more!
Entry is FREE!
For more information, including an Event Program, go to www.wvd.org.au

For details on other upcoming events please refer to the listings on our website.

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04  30 DAY VEGAN EASY CHALLENGE IS BACK!  NOVEMBER 1-30, 2011

It’s back for the second time this year! The 30 Day Vegan Easy Challenge this November is a popular way to help people move towards compassionate, healthy and eco-friendly living.

There are great prizes to be won by participants including $500 worth of vegan gifts and vouchers for the First Prize. As well as fun and informative activities for participants to enjoy including cooking demonstrations, a vegan shopping bus tour in Melbourne, a film night and even a vegan market day at the Port Phillip Eco Centre in St Kilda.

All participants Australia-wide will receive a Welcome Pack with plenty of helpful information and will also have the opportunity to take advantage of the great discounts many of our sponsors are offering for the month of November.

Like the last Challenge in March, the Vegan Easy Challenge Facebook page is an excellent way to interact with the Vegan Easy team as well as other participants, and at the same time discover new original recipes, ask questions and receive great tips on everything vegan.

The VeganEasy.org website has a fabulous array of vegan recipes for all occasions including the gluten-free variety.

So what are you waiting for?! Let all your friends know and sign up today at VeganEasy.org. Begin changing your life for the better.

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05  VEGVIC'S 'VEGETARIANISM'S GOING PLACES' COMPETITION
      WINNERS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED!

Congratulations to Reena for her picture 'Vegan choco mousse mint berry'! How delicious is that! Reena wins a night for two in the Presidential Suite at the stylish Parkview Hotel in Melbourne, and a home delivery of fresh fruit and vegetables thanks to the folks at It's Fresh!

A huge thank you to It's Fresh, who proudly sponsored our Vegetarianism's Going Places Competition!

Congratulations also go to our Runner-up Victoria, with her entry: 'This is me and the most amazing vegan bacon cheeseburger with sweet potato fries from Blossom in New York.'


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06  HUNDREDS OF DR GREGOR'S VIDEOS FOR FREE!

Ever watch one of my DVDs and wish you could send some nutritional nugget to someone you know? Now you can! A year in the making, NutritionFacts.org is a labour of love featuring videos from the past four years of my Latest in Clinical Nutrition DVDs split into hundreds of bite-sized topical segments that can be searched and shared. Everything's free. It's strictly non-commercial (no ads, not selling anything), strictly science-based (I even have links to all the primary source citations). And the best part is that starting today, I'm going to upload a new video every day, seven days a week, for at least the first 365 days!

I could really use everyone's help to get the word out. Please tell your friends, family, fans, and followers about the launch of NutritionFacts.org. Folks can subscribe to the daily video feed, and follow the site on facebook or twitter.

And please feel free to join in on the fun: all the videos can be rated and discussed. I’ll write daily blogs to put the new videos in context, cover newly published papers, and address breaking news. I’ll take research requests, respond to comments, and answer any questions; I really hope to build a thriving interactive community around the site. I am forever indebted to the Jessie & Julie Rasch Foundation for their overwhelming generosity in turning this dream of mine into a reality.

My mission is for this to grow into an authoritative source on the latest, most interesting, practical, and groundbreaking advances in clinical nutrition. And that mission begins today!

So don't miss a day. Please check out NutritionFacts.org and share this potentially life-changing, life-saving information with everyone you know.

The doctor is in! :)
-Michael

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07  GERMANY'S STRONGEST MAN IS A VEGETARIAN

German strongman Patrik Baboumian has just won Germany’s Strongest Man 2011 competition, and he currently holds the German crown in strength sports. From his own blog he says:
"After being LW champion in 2007 and 2009 and HW vice-champion in 2010, I finally hold the German crown in strength sports in my hands. It was a very hard battle in the rain and I had to fight against my injured calf as well but at the end I was victorious! Now I have proven finally, that being vegetarian makes you a better athlete!“

Source:
www.thediscerningbrute.com

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08  A "PARDON" FOR KAYLI THE COW

Kayli, a young “beef breed” cow, recently made a dash for her life from a slaughterhouse just outside of Philadelphia. She was being loaded into the holding pen of the Madina Live Poultry market where goats, sheep, chickens and other animals awaited death. Kayli saw an opportunity and made a break for it - running through the streets for close to an hour searching for safety. Wouldn’t anyone? But sadly she was captured by police and returned to the same pen with the other terrified, doomed animals.

But, there was a happy ending for Kayli - one lucky cow among millions. She is now living at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. She arrived on 11 July and was greeted by staff, volunteers, and friends, who welcomed her with both cheers and tears. See the slideshow on www.woodstocksanctuary.org.

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09  ACTIVISTS SAVE YVONNE, THE RUNAWAY COW

3 September - Yvonne, the heifer who hot-footed it to freedom in May as she was about to be sent to the slaughterhouse, has apparently decided to end her lonely life on the run and joined four other cows in a pasture.

The cult cow made constant headlines as she briefly appeared and then vanished again in the German countryside, a veritable bovine Bonnie without her Clyde, enjoying life on the lam.

Those trying to catch her brought in a "cow whisperer", infrared cameras, a tracker with experience in Africa and, when all else failed, a bull named Ernst who was supposed to lure her out with his voice.

Even Yvonne's son Friesi was roped in to help, but didn't have any luck.

So it was with surprise and many exclamation points that German newspaper Bild reported that Yvonne showed up recently at a farm in the Muhldorf area, near the Austrian border, and joined four young cows in a pasture.

Now it's on to a life of retirement for Yvonne at the Gut Aiderbichl Animal Sanctuary, which bought her while she was a fugitive. The farmer who caught her can look forward to the US$14,000 reward the paper posted for her safe return.

Full story:
http://abcnews.go.com
www.heraldsun.com.au

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10  BUY WINE ONLINE AND HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR VEGVIC!

Vegetarian Victoria has teamed up with Goodwill Wine to offer supporters a unique way of purchasing really good quality wine at discounted prices while supporting our work - 50% of the profit (a minimum of $20 per case) from your purchase goes to Vegetarian Victoria!

The wines are specially labelled featuring the Vegetarian Victoria logo, making these bottles a wonderful addition to your next dinner party or as a gift for wine-loving friends and family!

This wine is no ordinary cheap charity wine (i.e. not the bottom-of-the-bin leftovers). Goodwill Wine is committed to quality, and sources the best quality unlabelled wine from independent wineries across Australia. Their confidence in their selection means they can always offer a 100% money back guarantee. This commitment to quality assures that Goodwill Wine always represents exceptional value for money, whatever the price, region or variety. It also means that their range will be a constantly changing selection of the best, unlabelled wine Australia has to offer.

Wines currently available include:
   Cabernet Merlot 2006
   Cabernet Merlot Rose 2008
   Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
   Chardonnay 2009
   Merlot 2006
   Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (Coonawarra)
   Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (Yarra Valley)
   Riesling 2009
   Viognier 2008

A Vegan Mixed Case is also available.

All wines are suitable for vegetarians and vegans!

For more information and to order your wines go to:

www.goodwillwine.com.au/charities/vegetarian-victoria

It’s simple: Good Wine, Good Price, Goodwill.

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11  JANE GOODALL AND MICHAEL KIRBY JOIN ANIMAL THINK TANK
       VOICELESS AS PATRONS

Voiceless was thrilled to welcome two new Patrons in July; world-renowned primatologist and animal advocate Dr Jane Goodall, and former Justice of the High Court of Australia, The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG. Michael has already spoken out about animal rights on ABC Radio National Breakfast and in the Sydney Morning Herald and National Times, as well as on ABC1’s Landline program. Michael and Jane join Voiceless' existing Patrons J. M. Coetzee and Brian Sherman.

For more information about the appointments refer to the announcement on the Voiceless website (21 July 2011).

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12  NEW VEGAN MAGAZINE FOR AUSTRALIA

As many of you would know, the much loved Vegan Voice magazine has sadly ceased publication. Since that news, many in the vegan community have expressed support for a new Australian vegan magazine and some discussion was started on Facebook.

The good news is that one of the members of Vegan Society NSW has begun planning a new vegan magazine. If you are interested in having your say and/or interested in being involved please take a couple of minutes to complete the short survey at: http://svy.mk/veganmagazine

Be sure to include your contact details (email, phone, etc).

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13  CONSUMER GUIDE TO ANIMAL WELFARE LABELLING

HSI’s Consumer Guide to Animal Welfare Labelling - www.animalwelfarelabels.org.au  - is currently being adapted to include a more user-friendly design which consumers can use to easily check against the brands they buy or when considering which free-range products to buy.

This stand-alone site gives consumers an easy reference to the welfare standards attached to various ‘free range’ labels. As always, the aim of the website is to strengthen consumer confidence in the products they buy. More so, it is about truth in labelling and ensuring that consumers can make informed purchases based on their personal choices and on what labels are telling them.

HSI is redeveloping the consumer guide to make it easier for consumers to check the standards behind the products they buy - Do they allow growth promoting hormones and antibiotics? Do they allow mutilations? What are the stocking rates for indoor and outdoor housing? Are farms independently audited against their certifications?

Another feature of the new site will be a function that will allow you to request HSI investigate brands. If you are purchasing products that claim to be free-range but are not listed on the site you will have the option to ask them to verify their claims. All producers found to be mislabelling will be reported to the ACCC who investigate misleading and deceptive conduct under regulations of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

The updated consumer guide will soon be online and ready to use when you are next looking for free-range products!

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14  BUSINESS OF THE MONTH:  IT'S FRESH

It’s Fresh has been delivering fresh fruit and vegetables to homes and businesses in Melbourne for two generations.

Today its staff members have over 300 years combined experience in running farms growing fresh fruit and vegetables, produce departments for major supermarkets, and the total produce division for one of the largest retailers in the country.

Customers can choose from a range of delivery options including Beautiful Budget Box, Feed your Family Box, Fabulous Fruity Box, Fun Freebies Box, Very Veggie Box and Great Gourmet Box - all with different quantities and types of fresh, seasonal produce. There are plenty of other options for customers to choose from, including professionally prepared Heat & Eat meals, sandwiches, juices, and free-range eggs.

Ordering online is easy and only takes a few minutes, and customers can have their order delivered directly to their door.

Visit www.itsfresh.com.au to learn more, and check the VegVic website in the coming days for an interview with Nik Petrov from It’s Fresh.

VegVic Members receive 10% off the purchase price of fruit and veg home delivery boxes; PLUS It’s Fresh will give a 5% donation to VegVic, on every box purchased by a VegVic Member.

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15  NEW BOOK: SAY NO TO MEAT

By Amanda Strombom and Stewart Rose

Say No to Meat dishes up straight talk to young omnivores on the facts of a meat-centred diet. With its lively, accessible approach, and over 35 easy recipes to get readers started, this book provides valuable information on key issues and explains why going veg is a fun, smart, and delicious choice.

Readers will find answers to all their pressing questions:
- What really happens to farm animals?
- What is the environmental impact of meat production?
- How can going veg help global hunger?
- How does our food affect our health?

Also included are tips to handle any situation:
- Talking to family, friends, and dates.
- Getting a delicious meal at any restaurant.
- Easily putting together a balanced diet.

Price: US$12.95
Page Count: 192
Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Book Publishing Company

More info: http://bookpubco.com/products/say-no-meat

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16  VERNON'S VEG FACTS:  ONIONS AND COMPANY

By Vernon Terrill

Onion is Allium cepa, garlic is Allium sativum. Other allium vegetables are scallions, chives and leeks.

Ayurvedic medicine uses onion to treat various ailments. Organosulphur compounds in garlic and onion have anticarcinogenic and cardioprotective effect. Onions are a moderate source of folate. Onions, particularly in their outer shells are rich in the antioxidants called flavonoids, specifically in the sub-groups flavonols, dihydroflavonols and anthocyanins, twenty-five of these last.Anthocyanins are the pigments in various red, blue and purple fruits and vegetables. All allium vegetables are strongly antioxidant, having so much total flavonoids, carotenoids and chlorophylls, and so little toxic oxygen radicals. That is also why they prevent tumour production and cardiovascular disease and retard ageing.

Consumption of large amounts of allium vegetables reduces the risk of gastric cancer. Red onions are the best source of the flavonol quercetin which protects against lung cancer, especially squamous cell carcinoma. Quercetin and other flavonols from onion are more readily absorbed into the system than are those from red wine. Allium vegetables provide moderate protection from endometrial cancer. High intake of flavonols such as quercetin reduces the risk of advanced adenoma recurrence in colorectal cancer. Men in the highest of three intake categories of consumption of allium vegetables had a significantly lower risk than did those in the lowest category. A French study found that garlic and onions reduced the risk of breast cancer. Allium vegetables also lower a man's risk of benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Epigallocatechin-3-gallate in green tea is a valuable antioxidant which has a poor availability in human beings but quercetin improves it. Garlic and onions make iron and zinc in food grains more accessible.

Quercetin lowers blood pressure in the hypertensive. Flavonoids, main source onions, and isoflavones, main source tofu, lower levels of total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol.

Onion provides some protection for the kidneys from cadmium in those exposed to it. Onion consumption has benefits for bone density. Onion lowers blood sugar levels in diabetes 1 and 2.

Now the drawbacks. An anaphylactic reaction to onion has been recorded. Restricting onions might be beneficial for irritable bowel syndrome. Some water buffalo in Brazil died from eating onions.

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17  RECENT NEWS ARTICLES & BLOG POSTS

(AU) 'Pain-free meat' could be on our plates in six months (09/09/11)
Pig cells + horse foetal serum = synthetic sausage. That's the formula for growing meat in a Petri dish.
And scientists said the world's first lab-grown sausage - or "pain-free meat" - could be just six months away.
Today, almost 1 billion people are undernourished, the World Bank said. In the Horn of Africa, more than 12 million people in five countries face starvation.
And as the world's population hits 7 billion at the end of next month and 9.3 billion by 2050, according to United Nations' projections, the need for additional food sources will become more pressing.
So can synthetic food grown from cells in a laboratory help to tackle world hunger? Will eating what has been dubbed "meat without slaughter" help the environment, by putting less strain on it than traditional farming and food processing methods?
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Voiceless, an Australian animal protection group, said it would support a lab-meat industry if it meant the end of factory farming.
"If the development of in-vitro meat will enable [meat-eaters] to eat meat without causing any animal harm or suffering, it will be a giant leap forward for animal protection," said Dr Annemarie Jonson of Voiceless.
Full story:
www.smh.com.au

(AU) Live export resumes with record shipment (09/09/11)
The largest shipment of live cattle ever to leave Townsville Port set off for Indonesia this morning.
It is also the first shipment to leave North Queensland following the lift on the Federal Government's controversial ban on live cattle exports.
There will be more than 25,000 Brahman steers and heifers on Wellard's Ocean Shearer ship, which includes 6400 cattle from Townsville.
The ship departed the Port of Townsville shortly after 6am today.
Wellard managing director Stephen Meerwald said a further 18,000 cattle would be loaded in Darwin before heading to Jakarta, Indonesia.
"We're still trying to figure out how we can get a few more cattle on," he said.
The cattle were loaded from B-double trucks over the past couple of days from farms across Townsville, Charters Towers, Clermont, the Gulf and western Queensland.
They will spend 80-120 days in feed lots in Indonesia to fatten them up before going to an abattoir.
Full story:
www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/article/2011/09/09/264901_news.html

(AU) MLA abattoir advice 'breaks welfare code' (08/09/11)
Meat and Livestock Australia advised abattoir workers in Asia and the Middle East to pull cattle by their tails to get them to move into place to be slaughtered.
In what the RSPCA is calling a clear breach of international animal welfare guidelines, a 2004 MLA operational manual on the controversial Mark 1 restraining boxes recommends that slaughtermen should "grasp the tail and pull the animal away from the box" if it does not move.
The metal boxes featured heavily in the Four Corners expose on the inhumane treatment of Australian cattle in Indonesian abattoirs, which resulted in the month-long suspension of trade.
More than 23,000 cattle have departed for Indonesia since the ban was lifted in July, and tough new animal welfare standards had to be met by exporters.
Latest industry estimates show another 50,000 are expected to leave by next month before the wet season hits.
The 42-page MLA and LiveCorp manual, tabled at a Senate hearing into the live export trade, held last week in the Northern Territory, details what happens when slaughtermen use the boxes correctly and restrain the legs of the cattle with a rope.
"Two things can happen," the document states. "Either the animal jumps out, tripping itself . . . or the animal will stand still. In this case the slaughterman should reach into the rear of the box, grasp the tail and pull the animal away from the box. The animal will then trip and fall."
The manual advises workers to secure the head of the animal when it has fallen and slaughter it when the "slaughterman is satisfied with the position and level of restraint".
The MLA-designed boxes were introduced to help Asian abattoir workers deal with Australian cattle, which are not as docile as local breeds.
Full story:
www.theaustralian.com.au

(AU) 19,000 to Indonesia since ban lifted (07/09/11)
The live export trade is slowly rebuilding with 19,000 cattle having now been shipped to Indonesia since the suspension on trade to the market was lifted.
Australia has import permits from Indonesia to supply 180,000 cattle to the market for the current quarter which ends on September 30.
However the restricted nature of trade under new Federal Government rules, which require full traceability of Australian cattle through accredited supply chains, meant it was unlikely that Australia would ever fill that volume this quarter.
The Ramadhan festival, a peak period of beef consumption in Indonesia where feasting follows a month of religious fasting, has now finished, and demand for beef in the market is returning to normal levels.
Full story:
www.beefcentral.com

(AU) Continuing the live trade in animal cruelty is offensive (23/08/11)
Shameless MPs ignore their consciences to follow the party line.
If last Thursday's vote in Federal Parliament on two bills to end live animal exports was a true indication, Australia has only two MPs - Andrew Wilkie and Adam Bandt - who do not support one of the cruellest trades this world has known.
This is, of course, not the case, which is why the view from the parliamentary gallery of these two men lodging their silent protest against live exports - while across the floor colleagues distracted their consciences with meaningless chatter - was a tragic one.
The sad nature of this spectacle was magnified by the sight of MPs from the ALP and Coalition, who have voiced their opposition to live export, forced to vote in line with party policy.
Only days before this vote, more than 20,000 Australians took to the streets to call on the government to ban live animal exports. Earlier, about 350,000 petition signatures had been lodged calling for a ban. As Parliament sat, 67,000 sheep were stranded for a ninth day in Port Adelaide on a broken-down live export vessel. Hundreds have died. Had this breakdown occurred in the Indian Ocean rather than the Spencer Gulf, thousands would have died.
A fortnight earlier I stood in slaughterhouses in Turkey observing sheep and cattle being shackled and hoisted by a rear leg into the air to have their throats cut while fully conscious.
Despite this practice clearly breaching base international standards, more than 500,000 animals have been exported to Turkey in the past 18 months.
Not content with already exporting live Australian animals to more than a dozen destinations where there are no laws to protect them from cruelty, exporters continue to seek new markets without concern for the consequences animals will face.
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The ALP and the Coalition have underestimated the importance of animal welfare to Australians. Although the bills failed this time, their time will come. Those creatures, whose agony we witnessed, did not die in vain. More and more people are demanding compassionate treatment of species other than our own. Ultimately, even the forces of greed, indifference and ignorance will not silence them.
Full story:
www.theage.com.au

(AU) Live animal exports and Australian politics – more than a case of conscience (23/08/11)
On Thursday August 18, two bills were introduced in the Australian House of Representatives.
One was the “Live Animal Export Restriction and Prohibition Bill 2011”, introduced by Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie.
The other, introduced by Greens Member for Melbourne, Adam Bandt, was the “Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2011”.
The bills sought to end the live animal export trade, with the Greens' bill effective immediately and the Wilkie bill calling for a three-year rollback period.
Both bills were comprehensively defeated.
The bills followed graphic footage aired on Four Corners showing Australian-bred cattle being brutally killed in Indonesian abattoirs.
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At some point even the most economically advantageous activity will become difficult to justify when the suffering of the animals is sufficiently great and brought to the community’s attention.
I expect that to happen in the case of live animal exports.
I don’t expect it occur imminently, but I do expect it to happen sometime soon.
Full story:
http://theconversation.edu.au

(AU) Seeing red over cattle exports (21/08/11)
Parliamentarians these days are said to be driven by populist appeal and focus group concerns. But the major parties appear slow to realise the potential political mileage to be gained from taking a stand against animal cruelty.
Key marginal seats can be won by major party candidates differentiating themselves on the issue brought to the fore by the Four Corners program on live cattle exports.
Anyone who saw the footage could not help but be moved by the sight of the black steer shaking as it witnessed the slaughter of its brothers in an Indonesian abattoir. There was no doubt the animal understood what was happening and knew that it would be next.
Last week Animals Australia followed up with more footage, this time of mistreatment of animals in Turkey. At the same time 67,000 sheep were stranded aboard the Al Messilah in Port Adelaide, further embarrassing the live animal trade industry.
The cruelty shown in the Four Corners episode provoked an unprecedented reaction across the nation with members of Parliament inundated with emails, phone calls and letters. Initially the Government responded to the public's demands and banned the cattle exports. But a fightback from the industry saw a National/Liberal party campaign force the lifting of the ban. Northern Australian coalition members took up the industry's cause and Liberal leader Tony Abbott demanded that the Government do ''everything reasonable'' to get the industry going again. Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig responded by allowing exports under a system of conditional permits.
Full story:
www.canberratimes.com.au

(AU) More cattle die on export boats as MPs weigh ban (17/08/11)
The number of cattle dying on ships heading to overseas export markets has risen sharply in the past six months.
As federal parliament prepares to vote on two bills to permanently stop live animal exports, the latest mortality report tabled in the Senate reveals 940 cattle died on export ships in the six months to June.
The figures show the death rate equated to 0.19 per cent of the 490,926 cattle exported out of Australia compared with 402, or 0.10 per cent of 408,764 animals from July to December last year.
The average mortality rate last year was 0.14 per cent and from January to June last year it was 0.18 per cent or 790 cattle deaths.
Sheep deaths declined over the same period.
The latest statistics come as Nationals MP Mark Coulton criticised the RSPCA's efforts to ban live exports. He said he found its campaign with Animals Australia to call on the public to contact their local MP "offensive".
Mr Coulton said that as a farmer for 30 years, he was insulted to receive attacks from constituents over animal welfare.
Full story:
www.theaustralian.com.au

(US) Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cartoonist Exposes Tuna Industry’s Dirty Secret (16/08/11)
Between climate change, dead zones and chronic over-fishing, the oceans of the world and the marine species that call them home are at serious risk.
If you pick up a can of tuna in the grocery store, it probably costs anywhere from $1.50-$3.00. This low price is possible because the fishing companies are able to catch vast amounts of tuna at once.
What the label isn’t telling you is that many top tuna brands use a method of fishing so destructive that it causes the unintended deaths of thousands of additional fish species every year.
It’s high time the tuna industry owned up to its careless ways, so Greenpeace USA has teamed up with world renowned cartoonist Mark Fiore to expose its dirty little secret.
Fish aggregating devices are floating objects placed in the water to attract fish, eventually attracting all manner of marine species that are scooped up in enormous purse seine nets along with the tuna. This accidental catch is then tossed back into the water dead or dying.
On average, one ton of other species such as sharks, billfish, rays and baby fish is caught for every 9 tons of tuna.
The United Kingdom has recently become the world’s most sustainable canned tuna market after all the major tuna companies and supermarket brands promised to stop using FADs. By switching to more sustainable fishing methods such as FAD-free purse seines and pole-and-line operations, bycatch can be slashed by as much as 90 percent.
Help Mark Fiore and Greenpeace spread the word about this terrible "fad" by sharing the above video with everyone you know.
Full story
www.care2.com

(US) Personal chef's vegan meals resonate with non-vegans (10/08/11)
Chris McClay of Westbrook runs a personal chef business called Modern Vegan, but she doesn't cater to vegans.
"It's so interesting - nobody's been vegan yet," McClay said of the clients for her business, which she launched in April. "I've always had the feeling right from the beginning that my service is not for vegans. However, my clients do lean towards vegetarianism."
One such client is Paul Kelley. At 66, he exercises regularly and is far from being considered obese. But during the past five years, he's watched his weight and blood pressure creep ever higher.
Most distressing to him has been the persistent rise in his blood sugar levels, which recently spiked into the zone associated with diabetes.
"It was an alarming trend for me, and I wanted to do something about it," said Kelley, who lives in Falmouth with his wife.
In an effort to reverse these numbers, Kelley, who's eaten meat and dairy products his entire life, first consulted with his doctor and then hired McClay in June. Since then, he's been eating vegan meals prepared by McClay three times a day.
"In six weeks, my weight has gone down 10 pounds," Kelley said. His blood sugar numbers have dropped as well.
Kelley said his new mealtime routine is not a temporary diet, but a long-term lifestyle change favoring plants over processed foods, sweets and animal products.
Full story:
www.pressherald.com

(AU) McChina boom for Aussie beef (10/08/11)
Australian beef producers are set to take advantage of a massive expansion by McDonald's in China.
The fast-food giant last week revealed it hoped to soon be opening stores at the rate of one a day in the world's most populous nation.
"We should be opening a restaurant every day in the next three to four years in China," McDonald's Asia boss Peter Rodwell said.
"We're now opening a restaurant every other day."
The accelerating rate will see McDonald's Asia grow from 1356 stores to 2000 by 2013, much of that growth to be driven by an increase in franchising which presently accounts for only six stores in China.
By 2017, McDonald's believes China could account for up to 20 per cent of its global business.
A McDonald's Australia spokeswoman said local producers were well-placed to supply the Chinese expansion.
"Australia is already one of the largest beef suppliers to the McDonald's system worldwide, especially in Asia because of its competitiveness in the key areas of quality, quantity, dependability and price," she said. 
Full story:
www.weeklytimesnow.com.au

(AU) Critics beef up live export censure (01/08/11)
Australia's live export trade ranks as one of the world's worst because of the sheer number of animals involved and the long distances they endure, a leading European animal rights lobbyist has said.
Peter Stevenson, chief policy adviser for Compassion in World Farming, said the government's decision to end the month-long live export ban was premature as it would take months or years to improve the practices in Indonesian abattoirs.
Mr Stevenson, who will deliver the keynote address at the Voiceless Animal Law Lecture at the University of Sydney tonight, said footage of cruel slaughter practices broadcast on the ABC's Four Corners was the worst he had seen. Compassion in World Farming has long campaigned for an end to live animal transport for slaughter.
The Australian live export industry ''is probably the world's worst because of the length of time it takes to get to Indonesia and the Middle East and the utterly inhumane slaughter methods inflicted on the animals once they arrive''.
Full story:
www.smh.com.au

(US) From pro athletes to CEOs and donut cravers, the rise of the vegan diet (04/06/11)
It used to be that vegetarian and vegan diets were looked down upon as almost sect-like fads. But that no longer holds true.
"They're gaining in popularity. It's not a trendy, hippie way of eating anymore," says Dayna McIntyre, president of the Vegans and Vegetarians of Alberta Association. Now, "you see a range of age groups all moving towards a vegan diet."
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According to Businessweek, a growing number of high-powered CEOs and movers and shakers are going vegetarian, including casino mogul Steve Wynn, publisher Mort Zuckerman, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and former president Bill Clinton.
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"It's interesting if you look at vegan athletes, body builders and even a lot of endurance athletes who are becoming vegans just to give themselves an edge," says dietitian and author Brenda Davis.
Full story:
www.cbc.ca

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19  ABOUT VEGETARIAN VICTORIA

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