Cruelty Free Festival Sydney

Cruelty Free Festival - Sydney 

Sunday Oct 30, 2016. 10 am - 5 pm

The Cruelty Free Festival (CFF) is THE event of the year for animal lovers. CFF is designed to encourage all animal lovers – from all walks of life – to celebrate and enjoy cruelty-free lifestyle options. CFF is full of inspiring new ways to help animals. Festival-goers leave feeling warm and fuzzy inside and full of new ideas to make a change and help end animal suffering.

If you have ever wondered if there was something more you could do to help animals, but you weren’t sure where to start, or if you have ever felt like it was all too hard, then CFF is for you. It is a showcase of how easy cruelty-free living can really be. Some people become members of animal advocacy groups, others are inspired to make lifestyle changes – any change is a great step towards making a better world.

Oh and just in case you are wondering if our adorable rescue-cat Bluey (from the Animal Welfare League), pictured above, is vegetarian or vegan? Sadly, no - and as cats are naturally omnivores with a main diet of meat, we can't expect him to adapt to our way of thinking just yet. 

But his favourite foods are asparagus, rockmelon (canteloupe) and his daily 5 pm nutritional yeast treat. How do we know it's 5pm? Because he always appears in a super-cute fashion, purring and rubbing noses. And if we ignore that? A friendly bite on the ankles will remind us of our duty to get out the nooch!  

We did try him on some vegan cat food - but he was having none of it. So, we soldier on, and every time we cook something that he is interested in (he loves tofu curry, mashed cashew-milk potato, seaweed, fenugreek sprinkled flat bread and vegan cheese) we offer him a little in his own bowl - and his diet is getting more interesting by the month. 

It's an interesting dilemma though, as vegans having a non-vegan pet. Because while we accept that his diet will always be predominantly meat-based, our issue is the production of that food. He is now 12 years old, and he's been part of the family from a time before we became vegetarian and vegan. As always, it's an evolutionary process.