Mothers come in all shapes, sizes and species,

yet when it comes to their babies,

we are the same in all the ways that matter.

Sadly for farmed animals, these loving bonds are broken all too often due to outdated practices and laws and an uninformed public.

A kinder world is possible - and it all begins with you.

Pledge to eat or give kind this Mother’s Day  and you'll get:

❤️ A free Recipe eBook with plant based recipes
❤️ A printable Mother's Day Card to colour in
❤️ A chance to WIN a hamper of ethical goodies!

Meet Our Doting Mums

Petal & Little Flower: The Baby She Finally Got to Keep

During her time on a dairy farm, each of Petal’s babies had been taken from her shortly after birth so that her milk could be taken for human use.

At the age of ten, when the gentle cow’s milk production had waned and she was deemed no longer productive, Petal was slated for slaughter. This is the usual fate of dairy cows, despite their longevity being around 20 years.

To make matters more tragic, Petal was carrying another baby. But then kindness found her and brought her to safety at Edgar’s Mission.

When Petal gave birth to her sweet baby Little Flower at the sanctuary, something happened that awed her carers.

It is well known that perfectly healthy birds can feign injury to lure predators away from their young. We couldn’t help but wonder if that was what we were witnessing.

Wishing to check that all was well with the veteran mother and her bub, yet ever cautious not to invade their space, we entered their field.

From afar, Petal spied us. And as we made their way that little bit closer, the doting mother took a gentle lick of her baby, then slowly moved away, never once looking back. She nonchalantly lowered her head and ate some grass, then looked our way as if trying to divert our attention to her.

When we left the scene, Petal immediately returned to her calf and lovingly caressed every inch of her form with her tongue.

Normally around this point in Petal’s previous birthings, her babies would have been taken from her. Little Flower is the baby she will finally get to keep.

There are few who could have witnessed this tender scene and not have been moved.

Matilda & Minuette: Together Through Thick and Thin

In the wee hours of the morning, the sanctuary gates to Edgar’s Mission creaked open and in rolled our Kindness Van, carrying some very precious cargo.

As we gently ushered the somewhat bewildered ewe from the van, her sweet baby in tow, we uttered the words, “today is the first day of the rest of your life” as Matilda and her lamb, Minuette, had just found sanctuary in our barn and our hearts.

It all began the previous evening with a call for assistance for a ewe who was slated for slaughter due to a severe case of mastitis. And with the words “we must take her lamb too” we set off on our mission of mercy.

The first hint that all was not well with Matilda came before the door of the van was even breached. For the smell that emanated from it was as pungent as it was sinister.

Yet dear Matilda was a sweet as she was gentle, and all she ever wanted was for her dear baby to never be taken out of view. And on that score, we wholeheartedly complied.

The bond between Matilda and her baby was palpable and strong. And heart-breaking.

For in attempting to feed from her mother’s udder, wee Minuette was afflicted with a severe case of dermatitis that stretched from the tip of her sweet nose to the base of her wagging tail.

Setting to work we did, to ease all that ailed Matilda and her bub with the gravity of the situation not lost on us, nor too that most precious bond between a mother and her baby. And with veterinary assistance and ongoing care, Matilda and Minuette’s health inched ever closer to where it needed to be.

Today, the healthy and loving duo have embraced a life truly worth living, and will remain together forevermore.

A Christmas Miracle: The Story of Carol and Her Babies

As the festive season sped towards its climax, a pregnant sow gave birth to seven little piglets. Sadly, only three would survive.

The cold, wet and wind-swept concrete of the pound yard made it a barren place, a place that provided no material for Carol to build the extravagant nest her every being was telling to build. Expectant mother pigs go to great and creative lengths, collecting sticks, twigs and branches to fashion a nest to safely birth their babies in.

Despite her fear, Carol remained gentle as she followed the crate of her surviving babies into the vehicle that would take them to their forever home, and the soft golden straw-filled barn that awaited. Her sweet songs of joy as she was reunited with her piglets ensured there wasn’t a dry eye in the manger.

We could not help but wonder, looking into her intelligent eyes, what made her determine her escape from the farm in which she had been held? Perhaps it was the thought of her babies being taken away from her as all her previous ones had; perhaps she dreamed something better lay ahead.

What we do know is that Carol, Cookie, Candy and Kris Kringle found sanctuary at Edgar’s Mission together, just in time for Christmas.

The Truth Behind...

Photo Credit: Jo-Anne McArthur / Animal Equality

The Truth Behind Dairy

Like many, we grew up with the romantic notion that dairy products were wholesome and good, and indeed they are if you are a baby calf.

Cows do not simply produce milk; they are mammals and will only produce milk for their babies. Once born, the dairy industry dictates the babies are soon taken away from their mothers and the milk intended for the babies is taken for human consumption.

The males, who will never produce milk, are considered waste products and are killed, many in the first week of their life. Females may enter into the dairy cycle, and small or non-commercial heifers meet the same fate as the males.
Cows have an ancient knowing, a wisdom beyond their form. Animal behaviourist Dr Temple Grandin has said that the fear memories of cattle can never be deleted.

The kindly dairy farm worker (from where Clarabelle came) shared that the cows remembered which vehicle came and took their baby away shortly after birth. Other passing vehicles would get no reaction, until the one vehicle that took their baby would return. At this point, the cows would become nervous, anxious and edgy, looking for the babies they would never see again.

If you love dairy products and don’t believe you can find an alternative, please remember this - mother cows love their babies many times more.
Please help us create a kinder world for farmed animals by making the Mother’s Day pledge today.

Dairy Milk Alternatives

Thankfully, there is an abundance of milk alternatives to choose from these days which can be found in your local supermarket - or you can even try making your own!
• Soy Milk
• Rice Milk
• Oat Milk
• Coconut Milk
• Almond Milk
• Cashew Milk

For more ideas and support, check out the Vegan Easy Challenge or VegKit.

Dairy

Dairy

Photo Credit: Jo-Anne McArthur / Essere Animali

The Truth Behind Bacon

Did you know pigs are thought to be smarter than some dogs? They have engaging personalities, enjoy good food and the sun, seek out companionship, love their babies and desperately try to protect their own lives.

Yet in Australia, pigs are not protected from acts of cruelty as are our beloved dogs and cats. This is simply because society has determined a different “use” for them.

Female pigs in factory farms are treated as breeding machines, enduring a cycle of suffering and deprivation. Each year, thousands of pregnant pigs are kept in tiny metal individual ‘sow stalls’ inside sheds. Kept continually pregnant and severely confined, they are forced to stand or lie on hard floors. It is these animals who produce the piglets destined to become bacon, ham and pork products.

As a result, these gentle and intelligent creatures develop physical and psychological problems that see them “worn out” before their time. They are then sent to slaughter.
Sows are extremely maternal and they will spend many hours making a nest for their piglets. But sadly in factory farming mother pigs have nearly all of their natural instincts frustrated. Just prior to giving birth they are moved to ‘farrowing crates’, an even smaller area where their body is encircled by metal bars to even further limit their movement. With no straw for bedding, mother pigs must give birth to their piglets on a hard floor.

Nurturing and interacting with her young is impossible as the metal frame imprisons her. Her young are removed after 3 or 4 weeks - an earlier age than would occur naturally - and she is impregnated again, and the cycle of suffering and deprivation continues.
Please help us create a kinder world for farmed animals by making the Mother’s Day pledge today.

Protein Alternatives

Protein can be found in a range of plant based sources - after all, that’s where herbivorous animals like gorillas get their muscles and strength from!
Whole food sources
Add spices and seasoning to these nutritious offerings to pack a healthy protein punch:
• Tofu, tempeh, seitan and TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein)
• Legumes such as beans, lentils and chickpeas
• Quinoa
• Nuts and Seeds

Fake it to make it
Craving the meat taste? Some popular fake meat brands which are easily sourced from supermarkets these days include:
• Fry’s
• Gardein
• Linda McCartney
• Tofurky
• Vegie Delights
• The Alternative Meat Co.
• Beyond Meat
• Funky Fields
• Unreal Co.
• Veef

For more ideas and support, check out the Vegan Easy Challenge or VegKit.

Bacon

Bacon

Photo Credit: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

The Truth Behind Lamb Roast

Like humans, it is widely proven that mother sheep and goats bond immediately with their newborns. They also know the individual odour of their own babies.

Far from mindless followers, sheep are highly social with sophisticated emotional skills that can recognise human and animal faces. Research increasingly suggests that sheep can form images in their brain of absent individuals (such as their babies) when they are not visible, just as humans would think about a friend or family member that they miss.
In Australia alone, often born in the most inhospitable conditions of winter, an estimated 15 million lambs die annually due to exposure and other preventable causes. Adequate shelter can greatly prevent this, but sadly this is not a legal requirement in Australia.
Please help us create a kinder world for farmed animals by making the Mother’s Day pledge today.

Protein Alternatives

Protein can be found in a range of plant based sources - after all, that’s where herbivorous animals like gorillas get their muscles and strength from!
Whole food sources
Add spices and seasoning to these nutritious offerings to pack a healthy protein punch:
• Tofu, tempeh, seitan and TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein)
• Legumes such as beans, lentils and chickpeas
• Quinoa
• Nuts and Seeds

Fake it to make it
Craving the meat taste? Some popular fake meat brands which are easily sourced from supermarkets these days include:
• Fry’s
• Gardein
• Linda McCartney
• Tofurky
• Vegie Delights
• The Alternative Meat Co.
• Beyond Meat
• Funky Fields
• Unreal Co.
• Veef

For more ideas and support, check out the Vegan Easy Challenge or VegKit.

Lamb

Lamb

Kind Recipes

Looking for Mother’s Day inspiration for breakfast in bed, brunch or even a fancy dinner?
These delicious plant-based recipes are guaranteed to elevate you to favourite child status!

For more recipes, make the pledge and get a free Mother’s Day Recipe eBook! 
You can also check out VegKit for more meal ideas and tips.

Perfect Pancakes

Delicious Pancakes everyone loves
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Spag Bol

A favourite with a kind twist
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Sticky Date Pud

A desert favourite
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Kind Gift Guide

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