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MERCHANDISE
We are happy to announce we have connected with a new on-line supplier and BWC hoodies, jackets, tees, cookbooks, bumper stickers are available, exclusively from Unicorn Cafe; Order from Aimee@unicorncafe.co.za today, after you browse and see what else she has for you on the website   See BWC choices and more jackets and hoodies here R99 courier throughout South Africa.

Beauty Without Cruelty Hoodies for R375.00 Delivery takes 3 weeks. To order: email aimee@unicorncafe.co.za. Stay warm and share an important message!

NEW BRANDS APPROVED 

Another brand, suitable for vegans, has been approved:
Contact details: Cheryl Lotter 074 186 6936 cheryl@cherishbeauty.co.za
Sales outlets: online store:
www.cherishbeauty.co.za
Currently listed with www.iHeal.co.za online storeFacebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CherishBeauty2/
Type of products: Handcrafted skincare solutions using high performing organic specialist oils & pure essential oils that are 100% natural and free from additives and chemicals and, of course, cruelty free.
List of products: Body Care: Body Oils, Body Balms, Bath Soaks
Face Care: Cleansers, toner, face serums, eye serum

Gaia Organics is also suitable for vegans.
www.gaiaorganics.co.za
Extensive outlets, Wellness Warehouse, Faithful to Nature, Fruits and Roots and many health shops and pharmacies. See website for details. 
No. 28 Longships Drive
Plettenberg Bay W. Cape
Tel: 044-533 1393

Type of products – Natural & Organic Skin and Healthcare Products; Gents, Sun care, babies and specific skin types.

Sadly, we announce that Lavish brand has closed down. They will be removed from the humane guide.

In answer to queries, A
link to the OH SO Heavenly vegan range.

ABOUT TURN
The Indian Beauty & Hygiene Association (IBHA) and its members—including Marico, Reliance, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Shiseido, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal and others—are actively trying to weaken or reverse India’s efforts to end animal testing. If they succeed, four poisoning tests on animals for cosmetics ingredients could be permitted in India again—a huge step in the wrong direction. Following numerous high-level meetings IBHA and some of its members made it clear that although their websites speak out against animal testing, they’re in favor of weakening the law. (Elux Magazine)
Other IBHA members include Amway, Avon, Wyeth, S. H. Kelkar & Co., VVF Ltd., Dabur, Godrej, Metropol India, Himalaya Drug Company, ITC Ltd., Jocil Ltd., Wipro Ltd., Kaya and Baccarose.

NOTE: We are often asked about Himalaya Herbals; they are owned by the Himalaya Drug Company which animal tests.

CIRCUS MATTERS
While BWC works behind the scenes, ARO is collecting signatures.  SA Gvt WILL NOT ACCEPT digital petitions. Please  and get your family, friends, colleagues etc to sign. Lets make it 10 000 signatures! Can anyone offer to contact/stand at schools, libraries, public places close to them to collect signatures? All the return info is on the petition sheet. For more information email
aro@animalrescue.org.za The hand over event will be later 2017/ early 2018. This will include ARO and all colleagues and sisters in welfare.

 
BIRD FLU
Bird Flu in South Africa Of course, the concern is monetary loss, as these birds were destined to die at the hands of humans anyway. They live and suffer in appalling conditions, and the release of death is terrifying.
Chickens are smart, and they understand their world.
The beak, with numerous nerve endings, is used to explore, detect, drink, preen, and defend. This also means that when a bird is de-beaked, standard practice in industrial farming, she experiences immense pain, sometimes for months, which changes her behavior.
They are also intelligent. While all that matters is that they can suffer, the fact that they can understand that tomorrow will be like today, makes it even worse.
With excellent chicken-style choices available including nuggets, 'pops' and crumbed burgers, as well as pieces and schnitzels there is no need to continue contributing to their hell.

WHAT THE HEALTH
We want you to be healthy. Then you don't need animal tested medication and surgeries. Rephrase: your medical intervention needs will be greatly reduced. "What the Health" is free to watch on Netflix. Includes Interviews with well respected medical practitioners.  preview : https://youtu.be/Jf44vLndiRM
What the Health exposes the tricks and lies of big Agri and big Pharma to dupe customers into buying their products and, in the case of the latter, doing what it takes to stay ill so that they continue needing their products. It's based on hard evidence, which is all exposed in the film.

SPARE PARTS

That we can abuse pigs in such horrific ways for food, and still consider it perfectly acceptable to also use them for medical experimentation like this, is simply abominable. Living Cell Technologies, based in Auckland, New Zealand, has been developing a treatment that uses brain cells from pigs to inject inot patient's brains. This brain structure makes a cocktail of growth factors and signalling molecules known to help keep nerve cells healthy. Furthermore, pig brain cells are being investigated as treatments for other diseases caused by nerve cells dying, including Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s, which causes movement and cognitive problems.
It doesn't matter what species of animal it is. This is as revolting as giving birth to a baby to use for an existing child's illness.

NEW SCIENCE

A new system lets physiotherapy students see inside the human body by projecting different layers of muscles and bones over the top of a volunteer “patient.” The technology, called the Augmented Studio, is designed to enhance the teaching of physiotherapy, in which students currently use their knowledge of anatomy to understand how muscles work beneath the skin of patients they can’t see into.

INTERNATIONAL MILK DAY JUNE
There's nothing to celebrate. On the contrary.
With rice, oat, assorted nut, seed, hemp, coconut, soy and quinoa milks available, many of which can be made at home easily and cheaply, isn't it time to consider a change?
Roughly 200 000 male calves are born in the South African dairy industry annually. Because they will never produce milk and don’t grow fast enough to be profitable for the beef industry, most are sold for next-to-nothing to poor communities where they die painfully from incorrect nutrition. Dairy cows are 'artificially inseminated' on an annual basis, giving birth to a vibrantly alive, newborn calf every year who will be forcibly removed from her anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days after birth. This separation is devastating to both mother and child. Cows have the potential to live up to 30 years of age. However, a dairy cow will be sent to slaughter at the tender age of 4 to 8 years old, following a decline in her milk production, a persistent infection or lameness. There is not enough land on the planet to raise all of these animals on so-called ‘free-range’ farms. It is also not possible to operate a viable dairy farm without repeatedly impregnating the cow, removing her calf, milking her excessively and ultimately slaughtering both her and her calf.
In SA, you can find plant milks almost everywhere. Read this article to get info on why cow's milk is bad for you.

FUR FREE SA

#FurFreeSA confirms that these boutiques (FB links below) in SA sell products containing animal fur. Usually the owners of boutiques source made-up garments from other countries. That is, they choose to include fur fashion among their non-fur items! Fur shops such as Erich Fischer Furriers (Johannesburg) buy animal skins from overseas auction houses, from which fur garments are then manufactured locally and sold to the public. While selling fur is legal, for ethical consumers it is a moral issue. Please do not buy from retailers whiich knowingly sell real fur items.
Circus Boutique (Norwood Mall)
Eva Boutique Bedford Centre
Luisa Spagnoli (Hyde Park, V&A Waterfront, CT)
StyleBound (Melrose Arch)
THE SECRET ROOM (Bryanston)

 
It is obscene that TakeALot don't care about the horror of the fur industry, citing customer demand for the continued sale of fur items. They have been made well aware of the issue through Fur Free SA. This was, in short, their response " While selected fur items could be available to buy on Takealot.com, we strictly prohibit the listing or sale of any parts or products from any endangered plant or animal"

BWC's letter ; The response regarding the sale of GENUINE FUR, despite being aware of the horrors of the industry, clearly means that TakeALot has moved from being a small, amazing firm (Take2) to a money grabbing, uncaring company putting possible sales above all else. I wonder how many other people will not be using this service until a change is made.

Foxes, chinchillas, rabbits, minks and other animals are all victims. Animals raised on fur farms live in intense confinement, and suffer psychologically. Neurotic behaviors include pacing, circling, self-mutilation, and throwing themselves against the sides of their wire cages. Caged foxes will resort to cannibalism. Many of these animals will die from disease, stress, cannibalism and self-mutilation, but enough will survive to make the business profitable, and they will then suffer anal electrocution, suffocation, or poisoning, all to ensure the fur isn’t damaged.

Despite what the fur retailers will tell you, there is no such thing as ‘humane’ fur or cruelty free fur. And these days you can buy a child's or companion animals toy or an item of clothing with a trim without realizing you are buying the product of a Chinese fur farm—an animal once captive in a wire cage, eventually skinned alive.

85% of the world's fur comes from fur farms and China is the world's largest exporter of fur. The demand of the West, the absence of animal welfare and cheap labor makes China a breeding ground (literally) of terror and suffering.

Fur trim and toys together with a gullible or uncaring public has resulted in a fur boom. Most people wouldn’t dream of buying a full length fur coat, but will happily purchase a jersey with furry buttons, a jacket with a fur trim hood, even a wedding dress with fur detail! The animal dies just the same.

Rabbit fur is ‘real’ fur, despite many proclaiming the opposite. The fur IS the product, not the ‘waste’ from a food animal. As with leather, the skin is often the saleable item. And wearing a ‘by-product’ still perpetuates the demand.


This gentle, yet powerful advert says it all (suitable for all ages)


#FurFreeSA has had several queries about Woolworths selling "fur" garments. Although there is currently a lot of fake fur clothing in WW, this retailer has a fur free policy. On April 5, 2016, Woolworths Holdings Limited was the first South African retailer to join the international Fur Free Retailer programme. Woolworths has a chain of retail stores and the fur free declaration applies to all six companies which fall under the Woolworths Holdings umbrella, namely, Woolworths, Country Road, David Jones, Mimco, Trenery and Witchery.

THICK SKINNED
Lobsters / crayfish and other exoskeletons are
so much more than something to smother in mayonnaise

Fish are sentient and emotional beings and clearly feel pain in much the same way that humans do.

Fish are harvested from wild stocks as part of global fishing industries, grown under intensive aquaculture conditions, are the most common pet and are widely used for scientific research. But fish are seldom afforded the same level of compassion or welfare as warm-blooded vertebrates.

They [fish] develop cultural traditions and can even recognize themselves and others. They also show signs of intelligence, such as cooperation and reconciliation.

The primary senses of the fish are "just as good" and in some cases better than that of humans. The level of mental complexity that fish display is on a par with most other vertebrates, while there is mounting evidence that they can feel pain in a manner similar to humans.

The cleaner wrasse eats parasites and other nasty things off other fishes’ mouths, gills and bodies; it’s a well-documented symbiotic relationship that is pretty magical to witness. And sometimes, the cleaner wrasse needs to calm these other fishes down. A 2011 study found that surgeonfish — whose stress levels were intentionally raised by the researchers — became more relaxed after their pelvic and pectoral fins were given a rub, as the cleaner fish will do.

Fish can also learn where to get food, and who belongs to their social group. Fish who learn to escape from a net can hold onto that knowledge for almost a year. Some fish are able to figure out who in their social circle is untrustworthy

According to scientists, the age of smartphones has left humans with such a short attention span even a goldfish can hold a thought for longer. Researchers surveyed 2,000 participants in Canada and studied the brain activity of 112 others using electroencephalograms. The results showed the average human attention span has fallen from 12 seconds in 2000, or around the time the mobile revolution began, to eight seconds. Goldfish, meanwhile, are believed to have an attention span of nine seconds. Fish said to have a mere three-second memory span can actually recall information for up to five months.

DEER HUNT

Regarding yet more killing of Robben Eiland animals, I quote “We are always sad to see some of our animals go; however‚ numbers have escalated to unsustainable levels‚ destroying vegetation and also out-competing indigenous antelope species on the island‚” said Ms Nzeku. “We treasure all of the island’s natural resources and protecting them is our greatest priority. We look forward to them thriving once more.”

Balderdash. Let’s protect them by killing them? Instead of neutering the remaining (alien) deer on the island after the mass killing in 2009, so they died out naturally, we now have a situation where someone will be paid to indulge his killing fantasies.

BWC is working with others, including affiliate Voices for African Wildlife, to persuade authorities to make non-lethal decisions regarding the fallow deer on Robben Eiland, as well as the apparent ongoing rabbit and cat killing. We need sanctuary for (neutered) deer where we are assured they will be allowed to live out their days in peace. If you have place and space for a few deer, we would be so grateful for your assistance in this regard. We have received conflicting versions of what is planned, what is happening and what has happened. We will be meeting with a key role player to discuss the issue, for the benefit of Robben Eiland as well as the animals in danger. It is unacceptable to keep killing animals to keep the numbers down, when neutering should have been done years ago. What we can say for certain, now, is that killing animals at night is certainly not a hunt. This is killing, not culling, please let's stop fooling ourselves. This of course, is yet another man made "problem" which now needs fixing.
 
 
COCONUT

Due to supporter queries on ethical coconut products, where monkeys are not forced into picking coconuts for human consumption, BWC has received this from Crede Oils, which sells under ther own label as well as You First at Fruit and Veg, and Lemke label.
"To whom it may concern

This letter serves to inform that Crede oils only use Fair trade organizations as our suppliers for all Raw Material. We at Crede oils are consistently sourcing and developing relationships with producers that are certified Fair trade or has very strict Fair Trade and Ethical policies in place.

Our aim is to nurture existing, and develop new better relationships for all our products, so we can ensure no child or animal labour, fair wages, environmental sustainability and good working conditions were used in procurement of products. Sometimes this will be with the help of certification companies, other times it will be working closely alongside our suppliers.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
Anina Jooste Head of Operations

RECIPES


Toni's Clemengold cake

Boil 5 naartjie sized seedless clemengolds for an hour and a half. (or use naartjies)
Drain. If using naartjies, remove seeds, if any.
Blend them after removing the little pippie thing at the bottom. Tip into a bowl.
Add 2 1/2 cups almond flour,
3/4 cup coconut flour,
18tsp home made egg replacer - recipe below - blitzed with 18Tbsp water, plus 1/2 cup extra water,
a heaped Tbs frozen MinuteMaid unsweetened orange concentrate,
1 1/2 cups raw sugar
and a really heaped tsp baking powder.
Bake at 180 for about an hour, in a spray n cooked tin.

Moist and loaded with flavour, this needs no embellishment.   

        
Store in the fridge.

RICE-FREE SUSHI ROLLS

When you don't want to have too much rice when making sushi, for a change, place a nori sheet on top of a damp rice wrapper and make a generous strip of filling, with smoked chili and vinegar marinated julienned apple, soy, oil and herb marinated julienned mushroom, fine green beans, carrot, avocado, blanched mung sprouts, a few peanuts and sliced pea pods. Roll up like a spring roll and slice.
 
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