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APRIL IS THE MONTH FOR ANIMALS IN LABORATORIES
Please see this (non-graphic) presentation on how vivisection is failing us. Please contact Toni if you can arrange to put up a poster (and display where possible) in a local library, school notice board, community hall notice board, local group meeting places etc for one week from the 25th April.
We need your help!
We are desperate for the urgent donation of a used smart phone from just SIX people, for our planned 3D outreach for World Week Against Animals in Laboratories in April. The phones will each have a short film loaded and they fit inside VR / 3D goggles which we already have. There are various film options, including a 30 second animated advert.
Please contact Lizette or Toni urgently to arrange. Thank you in advance!
BWC was quoted in Perdeby, the Pretoria University magazine which has 30 000 readers. The article is on page 6, here
We are also busy working with government, regarding cosmetic testing.
As of April, the only animal-derived ingredient that will be accepted (for now) by any brand seeking auditing, approval and listing is bees wax. The current list of brands are mostly animal ingredient free, and several have just one or two products within their range which have vegetarian ingredients.
This article reveals the cosmetic testing mine-field, and why listing by an organisation such as Beauty Without Cruelty remains imperative.
We have had excellent media coverage over the last month, due to weekly protests and the circus folks, well, when they say a circus lion is no different to a lion in a sanctuary, you know these are desperate times. Entire schools have been given free tickets. (We do know of one youngster who say a very clear No Thank You, to her teacher)
and then, in the Cape Times, front page, there was this:
How can one insist on having circus animals when every welfare organisation in the world denounces animals in the circus? Just because the SPCA does its mandated job by doing inspections does not mean they approve. They have made it abundantly clear. The Cape of Good Hope SPCA has actively encouraged the public to support BWC protests. This is the latest circus article regarding the protests, in a community paper for four suburbs, and reaches many tens of thousands of people.
Beauty Without Cruelty is working with government on this issue, but these things must be approached correctly and patience is imperative.
GO GREEN - SAVE ALL EARTH'S CREATURES.
In light of the latest news that South Africa’s highest court has rejected a bid by the government to keep a ban on domestic trade in rhino horn, and this means rhino horns may be traded locally by those with the required permits. 1054 rhinos were killed by poachers in South Africa in 2016, the timing for the next Voices for African Wildlife outeach is fortuitous.
On the 22nd of April 2017, Voices for African Wildfe, a BWC affiliate, will hold an event called "GO GREEN - SAVE ALL EARTH'S CREATURES". This event will be on World Earth Day and this year's theme is "Environmental and Climate Literacy". Our event will involve activities like clean up litter, planting veggies, environmental and animal presentations etc. We are also going to plant spekboom plants on that day which put oxygen back into the atmosphere, also edible for humans and animals, but their main purpose is to re-oygenate the planet and in the Eastern Cape huge overseas companies are getting environment credits by planting thousands of acres of it, indigenous and need very little water too and most importantly, we are going to celebrate Better Foundation International School's pledge to Go Green!
Beauty without Cruelty is so proud to be a part of this effort to enthuse our young people.
We recently received this missive after we made contact yet again:
"The Bayworld project has been put on hold since we met at the end of last year, pending the outcome of discussions between the Board of the MBDA and the NMBMM, regarding the future strategic direction of the MBDA. These decisions consider all the projects and programmes of the MBDA, including Bayworld but not exclusive to it. This process will identify the priority projects for the 2017/18 financial year in particular. We hope to have this in place by 6 April 2017 after which we will be able to give you an informed update on a way forward for the project. The proposed trip to Seaworld has been cancelled.
Assuring you once again of our commitment to engaging with you on the dolphin issue"
BWC spent 3 days at Howard Centre in Pinelands, Cape Town, and due to the cosmetic petiton signatures we were asking for, at least 60 conversations were had around this issue, and humane guides and wonderful African Extracts Rooibos samples were offered. A small raffle was available, and the only male to take a ticket won! Congrats to Tim Lineker, of Pinelands, and our grateful thanks to African Extracts Roobos for the donation of samples and the hamper of goodies.
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I don't know what to call these, other than swoonworthy :)
Delicious, rich, indulgent caramel chocolate biscuits - even I say one is enough for dessert!
Make date caramel - it's easy, delicious and healthy to boot :)
There are recipes which require peeling the dates, adding coconut cream, blah blah; my version;
Use a block of cheap dates, pitted ; soak in warm water until soft. Blend using some of the soaking water (make sure there are no remaining pips) and add a little vanilla if you like. Blend, blend and blend till you have a glorious smooth, thick cream texture. Use it for this recipe, or spoon onto plain vanilla cake before serving, or over nice cream... store well sealed in the fridge or freezer.
Mix some salted peanuts into a portion of date caramel, pile some onto ready purchased or home made biscuits; I used egg and dairy free digestives. Chill them in a single layer, in the freezer, for an hour or so. Melt dairy free chocolate of choice and spoon over chilled biscuits, ensuring the date-nut mix is enrobed. The cold mixture will set the chocolate. Store the biscuits in the fridge.
RAW CARROT CAKE
My version of a raw carrot cake, although not oil free.
2 chopped carrots ( or grate them)
6 black figs, with stems removed
½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
3 handfuls chopped pecans
¼ cup solid coconut oil
1/3 cup coconut flour
1 generous tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ginger
Blend, blend, blend in a food processor. Pop into a suitable container, and freeze to set the oil. The figs add enough sweetness and a fun pop when chewing on the pips :)
It's rich, so you need only a two finger squared size piece, enough to satisfy a sweet tooth.
You can of course ice this, but as is, this contains no added / processed sugar. Or simply sprinkle with fine coconut, as you see here.
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