Different but equal, a change of perspective which on the one hand points out the individuality of other animals and us and on the other hand emphasizes similarities – such as the unconditional right to live a life free from harm.
And last but not least: Chicken hug, a beautiful illustration by German designer Sarah Heuzeroth depicting a peaceful co-existence between other animals and us, symbolized by a human lovingly hugging a chicken. In other words: Hug chickens, don’t eat them.
As always, all t-shirts are fair-trade, made of 100 % organic cotton, climate-friendly and printed using vegan water-based colors.
Last week activists put up a memorial against animal testing in Hamburg. It’s dedicated to all the mice, rats, rabbits and other animals, who fall victim to animal testing worldwide.
Click here to find out more about the fairy tale and reality behind the sculpture (article in German). You can find more information about animal testing in general and animal-free research on this website.
In autumn and winter many people can be seen wearing jackets and hats decorated with fur. Well, aesthetics is one topic you can have a row about. But fashion at the expense of others? Come on. If you too want to help ban fur from store windows and catwalks, you can find some how-to-details here. You’re not sure if the fur you’re looking at is real or fake? This short guide may answer some questions.
If you want to dress warm and comfy, you don’t need any other animals fur to do so! To back up that claim we’d like to draw your attention to our new knitted beanies and very suitable winter-leggins for example. Both are high-quality products, fair trade and made of organic cotton.
By the way! These fresh calendars are not edible indeed, but very useful and reliable companions throughout the year: the organizer and desk planner by the infamous Slingshot collective in different color-variations as well as the queerfeminist pocket calendar by Riot Skirts.
Next Monday is World Vegan Day! Not only will we provide some special offers on this unique occasion, but also several selected movie theaters in different german cities are inviting you to enjoy the beautiful documentary “Butenland”. The award-winning movie impressively shows how humans and other animals can live together in harmony. And above all: it’s completely free! In the Cinema in Münster, the director and roots of compassion co-founder Marc Pierschel will even be present.
Want to know more details about all dates and places? Follow this link. And if you prefer to watch “Butenland” in your home cinema – no problem. We have the DVD in our shelves 😉
Have a nice week! Bye for now, your roots of compassion collective ❤
This time we don‘t have that many new items to introduce. But those we have are really worth mentioning. For example new sneakers and waterproof boots, tea from Scop Ti and new patches. Continue reading and see for yourself!
Boots from Shoezuu and new sneakers from Ethletic
We‘ve discovered a new fantastic fabric for patches which is Organic Canvas. It‘s not only robust but also made of 100 % organic cotton from Kirgizia, woven in Czech Republic and refined in Germany. We‘ve already reprinted a couple of old designs and a new one. Give it a try!
Posters and post cards
If you thumbed through the new art book ANIMAL UTOPIA by Hartmut Kiewert you probably recognize the pictures from the new posters and post cards. If not it‘s high time! Look out for new images in our posters section and don‘t forget to look at the old ones, too. All of them are really something.
Tea from an occupied factory in France
Fralib, a Unilever daughter company in the South of France which used to produce Lipton-Tea, was supposed to be shut down in 2010. However, the workers didn‘t want to just give in and put up a fight instead. It lasted 1336 days, got abroad and succeeded in the end. In May 2014 the workers took over the production, started working as a cooperative and have made all the decisions on their own. Now they produce tea under fair conditions and meanwhile they also introduced an organic tea line. See? It‘s possible to resist and succeed! Let‘s drink (a cup of tea) to that.
Now that you’ve made yourself comfortable with a cup of tea you‘re kind of lacking something to read right? 😉 So how about Eating Animals by Lisa Kemmerer? We‘ve mentioned her other books earlier – this one explores the environmental effects of animal agriculture, fishing, and hunting. Another newbie in the reading section is the new issue of the biannual journal ALF Supporters Group Newsletter. It provides you with info about the last six months, articles about police spies, the animal rights conference in Luxembourg and much more!
Vegan laundry dreams come true. The new washing powder by SUMA is animal testing-free and made from plant extracts and biodegradable ingredients. And it gets the job done!
In case you also hate doing the dishes and own one of those convenient dishwashers we even have dishwater tablets for you. Also vegan and eco-friendly. Choose between a small and a bigger package with 25 or 70 tablets.
You’ve probably heard of Hartmut Kiewert by now and seen his pictures for example the artwork of the documentary The End of Meat. Hartmut is Germany’s first vegan painter. He uses completely animal-free materials, and through his large-format paintings he visualises what a world without animal exploitation might look like. In these imagined realities, humans and former farm animals meet face to face in shopping centres and cafés, perhaps sharing a picnic blanket or living room sofa as if it were the most natural thing in the world.
Kiewert’s utopian imagery provides an introduction to a controversial topic, inviting people to interact with animals in a new way, with empathy, and without pointing fingers or depicting brutal slaughterhouse scenes. Explanatory notes by art historian Jessica Ullrich and philosopher Hilal Sezgin provide context, embedding Kiewert’s work within a broader understanding of art history and current socio-political discourse.
Clothing that will keep you warm
In the last weeks we weren’t just sitting around scratching ourselves. We added new items to our clothing range such as Freedom hooded jackets with a fluffy lining – one of the best things that could happen to you in winter. Trust me. We also added new T-shirts and shirts.
In case you wonder why VGN-bags, VGN-gymbags and Fist-Paw-Star-gymbags are a bit more expensive than the other bags. The reason is simple: We used other bags that are in a better quality. The fabric is thicker and the handles are of higher quality. See it for yourself! And let us know what you think.
How about a shoe with an upper made of pineapples, at least partly? Yeah, we are keen on it, especially because the material, so-called Pinatex, is bio-degradable. If this makes you curious check out the Pineapple Supreme.
There are some new English books again … Let’s start with What A Fish knows. It’s an insightful piece that will forever change how we see our aquatic cousins, the goldfish included. Our second recommendation is: books by the philosopher-acitivst Lisa Kemmerer who writes about intersections between feminism and animal rights, environmental movement and animal rights movement.
Fun with fair trade condoms
Last piece of good news: Fair trade and vegan condoms! We added three sorts of Fair Squared to the shop: Original, Sensitive Dry and Ultra Thin. The condoms are made of fair trade material and they are vegan certified.
And last but not least: more latex-free condoms!
35 years of the Animal Liberation Front Supporters Group
Animal Liberation Front Supporters Group and Animal Rights Prisoner Support turn 35 this year. Read everything about their history in this new booklet.
Not that yummy in combination: Vegan butterscotch chews and descaler
Vegan butterscotch chews are quite popular in the scene in Germany and finally available through our little shop. For some of us this delicious vegan candy brings back childhood memories of sticky teeth and guilty pleasure.
Our new descaler by Vio.Me (occupied factory in Thessaloniki, Greece) can’t be used for dental hygiene but to clean everything else around your bathroom. As always vegan and free from animal testing.
Maybe you’ve already discovered the blog Black Vegans Rock? It was started by Aph Ko, who has now written the book Aphro-Ism together with her sister Syl Ko. In this book you’ll find a lively, asccessible and provocative collection of essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism. The two sisters provide new theoretical frameworks on race, advocacy for nonhuman animals, and feminism. Using popular culture as a point of reference for their critiques, they engage in groundbreaking analysis of the compartmentalized nature of contemporary social movements, present new ways of understanding interconnected oppressions, and offer conceptual ways of moving forward expressive of Afrofuturism and black veganism.
Food for bellies
We’ve also added some stuff to our food range which might comfort your bellies. First of all, there are two new spreads by Sieben Linden Feinkost: Rocket Mustard Chili and Spicy Parsnip. Yummy!
And second of all, there is something which might seem a bit strange to some of you: Soymilk Powder. But if you’ve ever travelled with your backpack or with your bike you might have an idea of what we’re talking about. It’s so annoying to carry a liter bottle of soymilk if you can have 100 g of this white powder instead!
We’ve been waiting desperately for the new book “Captive”by Jo-Anne McArthur. Her photographs are quite impressive but also sad. Watch the video for a first impression and support the amazing work by Jo-Anne McArthur.
More reading matter
We also have new stuff from Vio.Me, a collective from Thessaloniki in Greece, such as vegan washing powder made of ground white olive oil based soap. Using the powder you can easily make your own liquid soap or liquid laundry detergent, add any flavour you prefer and so on! You see where this is going, right? Another novelty is the glass cleaner which comes as a refill bottle.
Hell yeah, this is real. We’ve been looking for a choocolate spread that is vegan, organic, fairtrade AND free from palm oil and finally we found it. Not one, not two, but three! And they are delicious!
And last but not least something savory for everyone who’s not that much into sweets. The crackers in our shop are now made of spelt flour. You can choose between three flavors: olives, sundried tomatoes and rosmarin.
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