Easter is still a while away, but I know you're aching to get started on preparing your perfect, cruelty-free, Easter day.
Why a cruelty-free Easter, you ask? Well, you may not realise this but male chicks are culled because they are ‘waste products’ of the egg industry. Why? Because they can’t lay eggs. Females, on the other hand, endure a fate that may be considered worse than death. Their breaks are burned off without anaesthetic. This prevents the chickens from pecking and killing each other from stress as they are confined to cages as small as an a4 sheet of paper.
I hear you say, “I only buy free range eggs.” I think it’s great that you want to be a bit more ethical with your shopping, however, the shocking truth is that ‘free range’ doesn’t mean what you think. I admit, at first I thought ‘free range’ meant happy chickens running around in gorgeous green meadows, unfortunately this is far from the reality. Depending where you live, there are different ‘standards’ being met. For example, the Queensland government recently made amendments to the Animal Care and Protection Regulation 2012 Act, thereby changing the definition of free range. 10,000 chickens per hectare is now considered free range - an increase from 1,500 chickens per hectare, which is the maximum allowed according to NSW Food Authority.
So, labels are meaningless. I encourage my readers to ditch eggs from their diet. If you absolutely cannot live without eggs, please consider going to a local farm where you can see the conditions the chickens are living in.
For now, below are some fun and unique cruelty-free ideas for Easter:
1. Lindt Gold Bunny Dark Yes, Lindt have yummy bunnies for those wanting a cruelty-free alternative to milk chocolate. Despite it not actually being Easter (… yet), I did indulge in one of these bunnies recently… well, today! They’re too delish to wait until April. Come on, I bet you’ve been eating hot cross buns since December!
2. EggNots. EggNots are non-perishable ceramic eggs. If you’re looking for a cruelty-free alternative to eggs (for dyeing, home décor, gifts, and so forth) get them here.The website is not currently set up to take orders for Australia, however if you contact a member of their staff, they will create a special order just for us Aussies!
3. Vegan “Cadbury” Crème Eggs There is a god out there! Crème eggs. Yes, you heard me! (Read me, rather) Click on the following link for the hell yeah it's vegan recipe. BUT, if you’re as lazy as I am you might want to consider just flying to Pennsylvania where there is an awesome little place called Vegan Treats. You will find some little gems known as “Veganbury” cream eggs there.
4. Hot Cross Buns from Coles (the ones marked with ‘100% Aussie fruit’)
5. Dusk Easter products. Dusk have a huge range of Easter-related goodies, but my favourites are the rabbit tealight candle holders, 'Betty' and 'Rory'.
6. My Sweet William favourites are the Easter Bunnies 12 pack and the Easter Bunny Rice Crackle available at major supermarkets including Coles and Woolworths.
7. Mouth-watering delights from Linda McCartney Foods, now available from Woolworths. NB: not all LMC products are cruelty-free! Below are the delectable cruelty-free options:
Sausage Rolls Country Pies Mushroom and Ale Pies Sausages Vegemince They may not seem very Easter-y, however they are eaten so regularly in my home, that they will make an appearance during Easter this year. I'm sure they will become family favourites for you too!
8. This recipe for chocolate Easter egg nests looks too delish to pass up! All you need to do is replace the harmful products with cruelty-free alternatives. For example, exchange the plain chocolate with a block of Sweet William or perhaps some Whittaker's dark chocolate, and substitute the butter with Nuttelex or Melrose margarine brands. You can replace the chocolate eggs on top with alternatives from one of the sites marked below or, why not consider sugared almonds? Yum!
Don’t forget to pick up some GoMaxGo bars. This company has created cruelty-free alternatives of some favourites, like the Mars Bar, Snickers, Bounty, and more! These treasures are hiding in so many places right across Australia, but I get mine from the Cruelty Free Shop. There are seven awesome chocolate bars to try:
Thumbs Up (gluten free)
Cleo’s (gluten free)
SNAP! (gluten free)
Jokerz Buccaneer (gluten free)
Twilight (gluten free)
Mahalo (gluten free)