Things that make me sad, that I can’t change.

Sorry if this seems like a negative post. I don’t want my blog to be about complaining! This is just something I want to get off my chest, and hopefully it can be seen in a postive light by raising some awareness.

Imagine if someone granted you with the power to change anything about the world we live in? What one thing would you change?
I strongly admire people who want to make a difference and impact positive change. I want to be one of those people. However, I realised that there are just some things that are out of my control, no matter how much I work to change it. For me that’s (and I hate the term), road kill.

Nothing breaks my heart more than when I’m driving and see an animal that has been hit. In no way do I blame the driver, as more times than not it is simply an accident, and that’s probably the most frustrating thing about it – there is really nothing we can do to change this. Kangaroos jump out of nowhere, wombats come out during the dark, echidnas can be slow moving, the list goes on.
I used to think “why don’t we just put up a fence around all our roads?” Probably not the most well-thought idea.

 

There is one incident that will always stick with me. My parents were driving me to the train station, and on one of the windy roads there were a few cars that had stopped. A poor kangaroo had been hit (the lady felt so bad and was quite distraught, I felt sorry for her). My dad and I got out the check on the kangaroo, who was still alive. We didn’t know if it was a male or female, I think I was so concerned about the poor thing and didn’t even think to check for a pouch. The kangaroo was shaking from both pain and fear, and it’s back foot had snapped and was only hanging by its skin. My dad got a blanket from the car to cover it with, to help it calm down. It was letting me pat it, and I wished that I had the power to make everything better for the poor thing.
We were told there was nothing we could do about it, and the police came and had to put it down 😦

To this day I still regret not taking the poor thing in. I know you have to be a registered wildlife carer, but I believe after some veterinary care, the kangaroo could have a had a chance, and I could have helped rehabilitate it. I also regret not even thinking to check the pouch.

This incident made me determined to help injured wildlife, and I am hoping to undertake training to become a wildlife carer one day soon.

 

There are so many things I want to change about the world, such as animal cruelty and disrespect for the planet we live on, which can be done through education and hard work. This however is something that will probably never change.

The only thing we can do is be alert when driving, and check pouches where you can.
As I live in Australia, a lot of the animals I see on the side of the road are marsupials, especially kangaroos and wombats. If you are in a situation when one of these animals has been hit, please check if it is a female – it could be carrying a baby in it’s pouch, and you could save a life.
There is also help you can call, obviously depending on what state/country you live in, which can be found by a simple google search. I’ve linked the information for Victoria below.

 

On a happier note, here’s a photo of a wallaby I often see grazing on our property 🙂

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If you had the power to change one thing about the world, what would it be? Let me know comment section below 🙂

RIP beautiful kangaroo ❤

Jess xx

 

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Can a Vegetarian eat lollies?

As a vegetarian, most would assume that I have made the choice just not to eat meat (ie- any physical part of an animal). However, meat is not the only thing limited from a vegetarian diet, as many of the lollies found on our supermarket shelves contain an ingredient made from such parts of pigs or cows including the skin, bones and connective tissue – which you can see labeled as ‘gelatine’.

This ingredient can be found in most lollies, marshmallows, and sometimes even pre-made cakes, some ice-cream, and cosmetics, used as a gelling agent within the products. Yet most people just think that a vegetarian or vegan chooses to just avoid animal products such as meat or dairy – that’s how little we know about what really goes into these foods.

I thought that this meant as a vegetarian, I would either need to cut out lollies, or switch to a vegan alternative, as gelatine was a necessity to make the products. I soon found out that not all lollies contain the collagen of an animal.

I discovered that the lollies, ‘Sour Patch Kids’ contain no gelatine at all, and taste just the same as any other sweet on the market. Meaning that gelatine is not compulsory to make a tasty treat! (I have included a link below from Animals Australia, which contains a great list of all the cruelty free lollies that a sold in Australia) 

So if this particular ingredient isn’t needed in lollies, surely we can stop using it? If one company doesn’t need gelatine to produce confectionery, then other companies have the ability to do the same.
I know it’s a dream to think that we as a future society will live on a plant based diet (a dream I will continue to support), however I wish to see a world where our remaining food or cosmetic items are completely cruelty free!

So the answer is vegetarians need to be mindful of what ingredients they are consuming. Can lollies be made without using gelatine and animal collagen – yes, and it’s up to us as consumers to help make that happen!

Jess xx

 

Related Links:
Animals Australia – A Guide to Cruelty Free Lollies in Australia

Join the Fight! The Body Shop – #ForeverAgainstAnimalTesting

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, and are enjoying the summer break 🙂

I wanted to make a small post bringing your attention to a wonderful campaign I came across the other day.

I have known for a while that The Body Shop have created a movement in order to ban Animal Testing for Cosmetics, which has been running for I believe around 6 months now. When visiting my local store a few days back, I was proud to see the promotion towards this campaign. Customers were able to sign their petition to put a ban on cosmetic animal testing, which I did immediately – and I am urging you to do the same.

Whether you’re an animal lover, enjoy the Body Shop’s products, or are a frequent cosmetic user, our everyday choices affect the welfare of animals.
I know that not all the make up or body products I use are vegan, or don’t test on animals, but if more cosmetic companies fight against the use of animal’s in testing procedures, then hopefully more and more products will join, and animal testing will be a thing of the past.

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Something I learnt a while back was that even if a product claims it was not tested on animals, it does not mean that the ingredients used are not as well. Sadly, we as consumers are often kept in the dark about the story behind the products we are using, so I commend these companies for wanting to change this.

It’s always puzzled me why animals are tested on in the first place for human products. They have different bodies, different levels of tolerance, and different reactions.. if a rabbit has a reaction to a body wash, it doesn’t mean that a person will, right?
How about we stop tormenting innocent animals, and test on terrible criminals who commit crimes against other people..

Sadly, 80% of countries still allow animal testing.

 

The company is aiming to have 8 million signatures to present to the UN in 2018, and are already halfway there, at 4 million supporters.
You can visit your local Body Shop to sign the petition, or online here.

 

I hope for a future where I can reach for a foundation or body wash, knowing that no animals were harmed in order for me to look or smell nice.
On behalf of all the animals in labs and cruel conditions, I can’t thank you enough.

#ForeverAgainstAnimalTesting

Jess xx

 

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*Note* This post is not sponsored. I am simply aiming to raise awareness.