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My cause is Animals Australia. Animals Australia is internationally respected for its commitment to investigating and exposing animal abuse. As Australia's foremost animal protection organisation, Animals Australia works to protect the most vulnerable and abused animals in our society, focusing on the areas of greatest need such as factory farming and live animal export. Your support will underpin critical public awareness initiatives and help to send experienced investigators to where animals need them most. Learn more. Watch a video
 
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A personal message from Dom:
My target: $ 5,500
So far I've raised: $ 4,800

Hi and welcome! My name is Dominic.

Please join me in the following EXPERIMENT:

Imagine what life would be like, if you had been born as an animal…

Maybe as a chicken, a cow, a pig, or any other sentient being capable of feeling both pain and pleasure, and both suffering and well-being.

Would your life as an animal... involve eating natural food from the earth; being part of a close-knit flock or herd; rearing and nurturing your offspring; and experiencing the fullness of life that nature intended for you?

NO, not on our planet!!

Most likely, your life as an animal would be full of unimaginable and LIFE-LONG SUFFERING. Literally, a living hell, from which you could not escape.

At ANY given moment, in excess of 60,000,000,000 animals on our planet are living such a life.

Their tormented lives are lived on meat, egg and dairy farms - industries that exploit the voiceless and defenceless nature of animals.

These billions of animals are completely EXCLUDED FROM BASIC ANIMAL CRUELTY LAWS that apply to companion animals like cats and dogs.

I support Animals Australia in giving animals a voice and in defending their right to a full and natural life.


A LITTLE ABOUT ME:

I have been very ill for more than 15 years, with intractable pain and numerous severely debilitating symptoms. I am also completely bed-bound for more than 4 years. There is no known cure for my illness.

Yet, I still consider myself very FORTUNATE that I was not born as an animal on our planet. Their suffering is far greater.


SO WHAT'S THE SOLUTION?

Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize winning author of 'The Color Purple', stated: “The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites, or women for men.”

I implore you!

Consider the following easiest, and yet most EFFECTIVE, method to end the suffering of all farm animals – CHOOSE to eat a plant-based diet.

With a plant-based diet, you will SAVE THE ANIMALS from intense suffering.

You will also SAVE OUR PLANET from enormous air, water and soil pollution; deforestation; and climate change.

Animal agriculture is the NUMBER ONE cause of climate change.


CONTEMPORARY PEOPLE:

The following people, who have ALL adopted plant-based diets, explained the environmental harm from animal-based diets:

Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft and the world's richest person, stated "[Moving toward a vegetarian diet is] important in light of the environmental impacts of large-scale meat and dairy production, with livestock estimated to produce nearly 51% of the world’s greenhouse gases."

Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, stated "My wife and I have been vegan and have been supporting Farm Sanctuary for a decade… Just even 2 minutes into some of this teaching about factory farming and I was sold. I have become a happy vegan ever since.”

James Cameron, Hollywood's top earning Director, stated "It’s not a requirement to eat animals, we just choose to do it…So it becomes a moral choice and one that is having a huge impact on the planet, using up resources and destroying the biosphere.”

Al Gore, Nobel laureate and former U.S. Vice President, stated “It's absolutely correct that the growing meat intensity of diets across the world is one of the issues connected to this global crisis — not only because of the [carbon dioxide] involved, but also because of the water consumed in the process."


PEOPLE THROUGHOUT HISTORY:

Numerous pre-eminent people throughout history have emphatically advocated plant-based diets. Below are some of them (You will find several more wonderful and inspiring quotes in the Donation Receipt):

Albert Einstein, Theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate, stated: "Vegetarian food leaves a deep impression on our nature. If the whole world adopts vegetarianism, it can change the destiny of humankind."

Leonardo Da Vinci, Renaissance polymath, stated: “I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.”

Pythagoras, Greek philosopher and mathematician, stated “As long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap the joy of love.”

M.K. “Mahatma” Gandhi, Indian civil rights leader, stated "It is very significant that some of the most thoughtful and cultured men are partisans of a pure vegetable diet."


A PLANT-BASED DIET IS GOOD FOR US TOO:

With a plant-based diet, you WILL get all the nutrients your body needs to function at its optimal level (as good as, or better than, an animal-based diet).

Michael Greger, M.D., a doctor who specialises in clinical nutrition, states "A healthy vegan diet is perhaps the healthiest diet there is.” and that "The most ethical diet just so happens to be the most environmentally sound diet and just so happens to be the healthiest.”

Neal D. Barnard, M.D., a doctor and clinical researcher, states “It’s much easier to have a healthy well-balanced vegan diet than it is to have a healthy non-vegan diet.”

Doctors who strongly advocate vegan diets are consistent with their advice to have some food that is fortified with vitamin B12, or to take a good quality supplement. Plants do not make vitamin B12, but neither do animals. It is made by bacteria.

The internet is a vast library and one can find enormous amounts of fact-based evidence to verify all that is written above. You may also like to Google “vegan recipes” or “vegan cooking videos”. Prepare to be inundated with thousands of websites and a smorgasbord of delicious food!


DELICIOUS FOOD:

Here are 3 Vegan Cooking Channels that you may enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSweetestVegan

http://www.youtube.com/user/VeganCookingWithLove

http://www.youtube.com/mokobrownvegan

Much of Indian cuisine is naturally vegan and it is simply amazing food:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Manjulaskitchen


Throughout human history, several atrocities have been allowed to continue for years, decades and even centuries, because the humans involved did not question, and thoughtlessly accepted, the status quo. All too easily, we humans tend to become “set in our ways”, and this prevents any change, even when we are confronted with horrid injustice.

The atrocity that is the worldwide abuse of billions of animals involves all of us. Individually and collectively, we have the power to end their suffering through our daily actions.

Their fate is in our hands.


I am raising funds to help Animals Australia continue their work. Their campaigns are a powerful catalyst for change, not just in Australia, but also internationally.

If you are able to donate, I would be very grateful.


Thank you,

Dominic


P.S. Here is a good starting point for compassionate living:

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/compassionate_living.php

Here is the ethical and healthy food pyramid:

http://www.veganpeace.com/nutrient_information/veganfoodpyramid/vegan_food_pyramid.htm

Documentary Films:

EARTHLINGS: a very moving feature-length documentary about humanity's absolute and cruel dependence on animals, with wonderful narration by Hollywood actor Joaquin Phoenix.

http://www.documentarywire.com/earthlings

http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/earthlings/

MEAT THE TRUTH: a high-profile documentary examining the leading causes of Climate Change.

http://documentaryaddict.com/Global+Warming+MEAT+THE+TRUTH-9353-documentary.html

http://bestonlinedocumentaries.com/meat-the-truth/

SEA THE TRUTH: a documentary based on numerous scientific publications that examine the problems of using marine life as a food source.

http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/sea_the_truth_2010/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V325y7QCg3c
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From Donation Date Comments
Meni Malkos $25.00 01-02-2015 Thank you  
Caroline Bommes $35.00 18-02-2014 I also found your page through Peter Singer's tweet. Very inspirational. All the best Dominic. 
(Name witheld) $250.00 16-02-2014  
Taro Whitred $25.00 08-02-2014 Peter Singer's tweet brought me to this page. Wonderful work, my friend. Hope you reach your goal soon :) 
Jane MacArthur $50.00 08-02-2014 Fantastic effort for the victims of our selfishness  
Anne Koerber $50.00 08-02-2014  
Petrina Pompey $50.00 08-02-2014 Well done Dominic, hope you can help to raise awareness of the benefits of eliminating meat from our diets 
Peter Singer $100.00 07-02-2014 This is a very moving fundraising page, Dominic! I greatly admire your dedication to reducing the suffering of animals. 
(Name witheld) $250.00 03-01-2014  
(Name witheld) $100.00 07-12-2013  
(Name witheld) $250.00 12-11-2013  
Marnie Korsman $100.00 22-10-2013 Wonderful worthwhile initiative Dominic, Individually we are one drop, together we make an ocean. Lets go for 5000 Aud!! 
(Name witheld) $100.00 03-10-2013  
Conchetta Zuvela $100.00 29-09-2013 Good karma to you Dominic .... and you should become a pollie! 
Maia Keerie $25.00 26-09-2013 Go Dominic! What a wonderful, kind person you must be!:) 
Gail Canning $25.00 24-09-2013  
(Name witheld) $500.00 23-09-2013  
(Name witheld) $250.00 17-09-2013  
(Name witheld) $50.00 17-09-2013  
Vincent Dessmann $35.00 15-09-2013 Thank you, Dominic. 
Alison Boulton $25.00 14-09-2013 How wonderful 
philippa grinblat $25.00 13-09-2013 Dominic, your compassion and support of this cause are inspiring. 
Mel Lang $25.00 13-09-2013 I have been choosing humane alternatives for 6 months. I have been meat-free for 1 month, and I've been dairy-free for 5 days now. I'm so close to a cruelty free diet & I feel fantastic, but thanks for the extra push to stick with it. 
Laura Shallue $25.00 13-09-2013 Happy to donate to this very important cause. Well done Dominic 
Therese McLean $25.00 13-09-2013 Dominic you are an inspiration to all. Thank you. 
Fay Younger $5.00 13-09-2013 Good work Dominic 
(Name witheld) $500.00 13-09-2013  
Debra Tomasums $25.00 12-09-2013 Good luck Dominic - the world needs more compassionate people like you! 
Valentina New $10.00 12-09-2013 Dominic you are an inspiration. If only we lived in a world where a nation was judged on how well it treats its animals. Compassion over greed! Wishing you good health and happiness! 
Julie Badger $50.00 12-09-2013 What a wonderful world we would have we had more people like Dominic instead of people that only cared about them selves. 
Lisa McKay $25.00 12-09-2013 Love your work Dominic, you are fantastic. Good luck to you. 
Bronwyn Low $10.00 12-09-2013 Well done Dominic! Fingers crossed you get to your goal and beyond. Im a vegetarian but you have inspired me to go vegan! :0) 
Kiki M $10.00 12-09-2013 Happy to help the animals  
(Name witheld) $10.00 12-09-2013  
Danielle & Simon Rafferty $50.00 12-09-2013 Good luck Domenic. You are an inspiration to us all. God speed 
Michael Rice $100.00 12-09-2013 My wife and I have been vegan for a few months and found it hard to give up cheese. It was much easier to give up animal cruelty instead. Good on you Dominic for speaking out for a truly important cause (and a really well written page). I hope you feel better soon! 
Meaghan Cohen $25.00 12-09-2013 Inspirational, thanks Dominic. Good health and happiness to you as well 
Carla Stitt $50.00 12-09-2013 Fantastic work, wish there were more people like you in this world! 
Jan Reeves $25.00 12-09-2013 Great initiative Dominic, well done :) 
Melina Lucia $25.00 12-09-2013  
Katarina Lee $20.00 12-09-2013 Hope you make it to $2000+ 
bob kennedy $10.00 12-09-2013 happy to chip in 
Heidi Frundt $25.00 12-09-2013  
Fiona Zagar $50.00 12-09-2013 Good on you Dominic! 
Susan Scott $50.00 12-09-2013 Why can't more able bodied Australians be like Dominic?? Thank you for setting such a good example. 
SAMANTHA GIBBS $50.00 12-09-2013  
(Name witheld) $10.00 12-09-2013  
Wendy Doyle $50.00 12-09-2013 If only the world was full of people like you Dominic. I am a member and donate monthly to Animals Australia. I am so proud of what you are doing and you have inspired me to do more for our beautiful friends and voiceless sentient beings. I think about their torture and suffering everyday. I sometimes wake in the night and want to plan to free them all from the hell of the factory farms and slaughter houses. Give them wings so they can fly out, just like in the 'make it possible add' Thank you Dominic, you are awesome! 
CRAIG HAWKES $25.00 12-09-2013 Awesome Dominic great cause! 
Jaclyn Kehagias $50.00 12-09-2013  
Rosanne Worsley $25.00 12-09-2013 So very proud Dominic! We need more wonderful caring people like you! xx 
Rebecca Taylor $50.00 12-09-2013  
andrea morrison $50.00 12-09-2013 Raise the roof Domonic!!!! 
Kimberley Hill $50.00 12-09-2013 Thank you Dominic 
Sonia Schweikert $25.00 12-09-2013 Honoured to assist you .cheers to you ,good human 
Jill Parker $50.00 12-09-2013 Very important for our wonderful animals 
(Name witheld) $10.00 12-09-2013  
Terri-Lee Brown $25.00 12-09-2013 Good luck Dominic!  
Luke Chapman $50.00 12-09-2013 Great Cause mate ive been uming and ering on becoming a vaegan for a while but after reading this ive decided to make it offical and become a vegan thanks for the links as well mate :). 
Anna Shelly $50.00 12-09-2013  
(Name witheld) $10.00 12-09-2013  
Zeena Hanna $25.00 12-09-2013 Dominic, I have lost my job this week and reading your story is the first thing in 3 days to warm my heart and snap me out of this hole I've been in. I'm a monthly sponsor for Animals Australia but I had to give to help you get to your goal. You are a beautiful incredible human being and you have lifted my spirits. I wish you nothing but happiness and love xx  
Ira Kroll $45.00 12-09-2013 Thanx Dominic, what an amazing person you are. Rather than winging you give and look at the bright side.  
Anna Singleton $25.00 12-09-2013 Well done!  
Bianca MacIntyre $10.00 12-09-2013 You're a legend  
Esse Wundersitz $25.00 12-09-2013 Well done, you should be extremely proud of yourself  
Sue Clarke $10.00 12-09-2013 You are truly a hero Dominic 
Jessica Wagner $25.00 12-09-2013 Continue to be a voice for the voiceless!  
Karen Dennis $25.00 12-09-2013 Hope you get to the $1,000 really soon! Great cause! 
Rebecca Welsh $20.00 12-09-2013 Inspiring! Hope you raise heaps of cash for this worthy cause 
Dianne Sagris $50.00 12-09-2013  
Tennille Hui $50.00 12-09-2013 Go Dominic! You are amazing! 
Marilyn Lynds $25.00 12-09-2013 I have limitations too and bless you for thinking of the suffering of our fellow creatures. 
Susan Robertson $25.00 12-09-2013 Well done Dominic. If only every kid was like you. 
Robyn Mitchell $50.00 12-09-2013 Awesome campaign Dominic. I too would love to live in a cruelty free world!  
Vicky Watson $35.00 12-09-2013 Well done! You are awesome.. I wish you well for your own future and quality of life x 
(Name witheld) $10.00 12-09-2013  
Alan Lewis $50.00 12-09-2013 Lets hope we can exceed your taget Dominic 
Ingrid Reilly $25.00 12-09-2013 Fantastic effort Dominic. It is for such a worthy cause and I love the way you have written about a plant based, cruelty free diet.  
Suzi Van Der Kaay $10.00 12-09-2013 I will always be a voice for the voiceless, until my very last breath. Thank you Dominic! 
Luc Boons $10.00 12-09-2013 Because we live on the same planet, its important we surpass all bounderies 
Kerry Niven $10.00 12-09-2013 Keep up the great work, Dominic! 
Quinten Van Camp $25.00 12-09-2013 Well done Dominic! I stand with you in this journey to save the animals!!!  
Patricia Scherger $50.00 12-09-2013 You are an inspiration, Dominic. Thank you. 
James Hamilton $15.00 12-09-2013 Truly inspiring story. I'm just sorry that I can't afford to give more to the cause. 

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