Con-artist or genuine animal activist? Jaylene Musgrave under fire.

Jaylene Musgrave (from Facebook).

Last night would have been confronting for high-profile animal activist, Jaylene Musgrave as she was asked to answer to some very genuine questions about her animal fundraising. A Facebook post from a keen-eyed member of an Australian Vegan group (of which Mulgrave is a member), began the speculation in which other responses seemed to support the suggestion that Musgrave’s fundraising practices are suspicious. 

Touting herself as a “vegan warrior”, Musgrave has a highly complimentary explanation of her work as an animal activist on her own website, veganwarriors.com.au Therein she names celebrities and others of note who are her “supporters”, including Joan Jett who is named as an “ambassador”. 

Given that Musgrave’s legitimacy is being marked by supposed celebrity endorsements, it’s no wonder that there are many animal activists questioning the true destination of raised funds. Musgrave does her ‘fundraising’ solely via Facebook and receives payments only by direct bank deposit, never by PayPal. It has been noted by many that the clothes, shoes, handbags, etc that she is advertising on her pages, Vegan Warriors – Jaylene Musgrave and Fundraising for Animals are being sourced directly from eBay and other discount websites, and being sold for up to ten times the cost. The photos being used on Musgrave’s pages have been lifted directly from the original stores, indicating that stock is possibly not even in Musgrave’s possession.
One rightfully confused buyer mentioned that she had just purchased an item from Musgrave for over $130, only to be told that she will “order them now” and it would take around 10 days to arrive. Taking all of this into account, it would seem that Musgrave is selling items that she has seen online, (using the photo that the original store has used), with a hefty mark-up. Without being sure, it seems that Musgrave is then ordering the product from the actual store (for a low cost) and having it posted directly to the buyer. The buyer then receives a low-quality item for a high cost with the remainder of the money going directly into Musgrave’s pocket.

 Left – the original eBay listing. Right – Musgrave’s Facebook post. 

This apparent scamming aside, the question now is, does that money then get passed on to an actual organisation or charity, or does it remain with Musgrave? As far as I can find, Musgrave has no listing as a business or charity, and no legitimate information as to where exactly the funds raised are going. In a generic message that Musgrave sends to new Facebook friends, she mentions that “all monies to A.R campaigning”. The problem is, A.R Campaigning doesn’t seem to actually exist, and if it does, I will gladly stand corrected.

 

 

At the very least, it is almost impossible for Musgrave to know whether or not her products are ethically-made, let alone vegan. By using her name and standing within the vegan community to sell what is essentially a mystery product in terms of production, Musgrave has betrayed her own values and those who have trusted her enough to buy from her. At the very worst, she has created a trusted persona amongst the animal activism community with the intention to dupe people into believing that they’re donating funds to the most vulnerable of creatures. If this is true, it is indeed a betrayal towards the animals that Musgrave purports to protect.

It would be wonderful to be proven wrong in this instance – I would love nothing more than to discover that this is simply a misunderstanding. It is highly doubtful, however, as Jaynele Musgrave has been asked numerous times and given ample opportunity to answer the one simple question: “where is the money really going?”

Activist Receives Personally Threatening Letter From Anon Australian Company

  

The group ‘Palm Oil Investigations‘ has begun a powerful movement against the use of palm oil due to its environmental impact. Palm oil is commonly found in consumables and is a prominent ingredient in many Australian products.

Leading a charge against un-certified palm oil on Australian shelves, POI has made a massive impact by educating Aussies as to both the consequences of the use of palm oil and the specific products in which palm oil can be found.
  
An example of the important work that POI does.

They also have plans to soon release an app that will allow users to scan a barcode or search a product to quickly and easily ascertain as to whether or not it contains palm oil. Apparently news of this app has at least one company feeling cornered to the point that they actually threatened the volunteers behind the POI group

The cowardly anonymous letter leaves little to the imagination:
  
  
While the police investigate, we should all do our part to stand up to this company and the industry itself by following and supporting the POI page here and by making use of the app when it becomes available. 

A must-read for all stay-at-home parents.

If you’re feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and just tired of being surrounded with all things baby/children, you are most likely a stay-at-home parent. For so many, it’s a thankless, 24-7 job that often earns little (if any) kudos in the modern world. We spend our days and nights on the schedule of our tiny little bosses and sometimes feel we would give anything to have a bathroom break alone. That’s why love and support is often imperative to our mental health. 

Last Saturday, Affirmation by Mr. Right on Facebook posted an reminder of what we all should try to tell ourselves when we are covered in baby vomit, chasing after a bub who has just discovered the wonder of walking or crawling, or cleaning – endlessly cleaning – all day long:

STAY-AT-HOME MUMS (Warning – long post!)

I’ve got to share a conversation that I had with my husband with you because if you are a stay-at-home mum who has had one of those days where you’ve felt beaten, doubtful and jaded by the end of the day….this might change your perspective on your role. It did for me.

So I was complaining the other day to husband that I never get anything done with my 15 month old and 4 year old children at home. My list of chores hardly gets a smudge let alone wiped clean and life as a stay-at-home mum is exhausting! After some time, he says to me… I think you have forgotten why you’ve been ‘employed’ by us…..??? I’m confused, but he goes on to say,

‘If you died tomorrow and you had all the money in the world, who would YOU pay to raise your children when you’re gone? He specified that if it couldn’t be him or family members….who would I trust? Who would I trust to love them, to nurture them, to challenge them, who would know their routines, their idiosyncrasies, their medical history, their diets, their moods, their likes, their sensitivities and their hurdles….who could offer all of this to them?’
Then he asked, ‘And if, by miracle, you found someone who COULD provide all of this, in a full-time position, who was willing to work EVERYDAY, in sickness or in health……what would you be willing to pay them?’ 
‘Thousands.’ I said, without
hesitation. 
‘But even then, they could not do a better job than you are doing. YOU are THE expert on our children. THE Specialist. Quite frankly, we could not afford your services…..and yet, that is what you provide everyday for our children. You are not ‘employed’ to clean the floors, make the dinners, wash the clothes, etc…if these things get done, it is a bonus, NOT an expectation. You are ‘employed’ as the state-of-the-art, expert in the field of raising our children…..and darling, you’re doing an exceptional job.’
He is a bit of a legend and the conversation really has changed my perception of my role as a stay-at-home mum.

Hope it might yours…if you’ve had one of those days. x – from Affirmation by Mr. Right

From all of us who needed to hear it, thank you to Kate Wright and her wonderful partner for reminding us of what matters in the most unforgiving mummy-moments. We all know that we are lucky to be able to watch our little ones grow but it never hurts to have a reminder of how important being a parent truly is. 

Flag Man – Australia’s First Superhero

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Australia’s first superhero,
that is what they see;
to me they simply can’t say no,
they follow me with glee!

I stand and speak so tall and proud
and tell them that they’re all wrong,
that terrorists are scary,
and that this battle will be long.

Terror serves a purpose,
between just you and me;
terror keeps them quiet
and my faults they cannot see.

This terror is a blessing,
it keeps my stuff-ups hidden;
and my MPs dare not mention them,
because frankly, it’s forbidden.

I take my most important lesson
from the U.S and dubya Bush,
to cloak myself in people’s fear
of a terroristic ambush.

I surround myself with Aussie flags
as captain of this team;
I save them from the baddies,
a better hero they could not dream.

Australia’s first superhero,
the title suits me well,
hopefully they don’t yet notice
that I’m dragging them all to Hell.
– LL

Glenn McGrath’s hunting disgrace

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I grew up in a cricket household and have always considered the phrase, “ooh ahh, Glenn McGrath” fondly. As with many Australians – and overseas cricket fans – I’ve followed (at least somewhat) McGrath throughout his triumph and tragedy. Any admiration I had for the sporting legend dissipated when I laid eyes on images of him and his kills.

There’s just nothing positive to say about a man (or woman) who feels the need to slaughter animals for fun. A ‘hobby’, a ‘sport’, a ‘skill’, you can dress it up as whatever you please but there’s no denying that a hunter without necessity is plainly a killer.

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The justifications for game-hunting are widely regarded as truth but are, in fact, myth. Check out: Trophy Hunting: How To Kill Like A Coward for more info. There is no benefit to game hunting as it serves only to line the pockets of those in the industry and fulfil the ego of those who partake. Unfortunately, McGrath is no different. Images have emerged in recent days that offer a brutal insight into his character.

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McGrath has a history of recreational hunting and boasts good standing with the SSAA (Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia). In an article on the SSAA website, the hunting experiences of not only Glenn McGrath, but also Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie are outlined.

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While the ethics of general hunting practices are often blurry, there is simply no justification for game-hunting. To see these spectacular wild animals destroyed for no good reason is heartbreaking. There’s nothing brave about a man with a gun.

UPDATE: Glenn McGrath regrets his actions and confirms that the photos are real. Posting on Twitter 8 minutes ago, McGrath sounds somewhat remorseful but still attempts to justify the kills. Do you think he is genuine in his remorse or regretful that the images have been spread?

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Liberals attempt to use SES to hand out vote cards in exchange for donation

In a typical Liberal Party move, they have covered their backs with a legal but totally unethical bid for assistance in the WA Senate election. On Monday the 31st March, Judy Bailey of the Liberal Party of WA reached out to members of a not-for-profit organisation for help with handing out ‘How to vote’ cards at the upcoming election. As a bargaining chip, they offered a donation to be made to the Tom Price SES in exchange for their assistance on the day.

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Thanks to @PeterFosterALP for bringing this to light.

In doing this, the Liberal party appealed to members of the SES – who are volunteers and therefore known selfless people – in an attempt to coax them into making to make a deal with the devil. Could you resist $250 for a worthy cause, for which you already give your time on what is simply a moral/political stance? Not many could. Shame on you Liberals, you’re ever-outdoing your own shady dealings.

Magical moments from March in March

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There were many incredible photographs of the March in March weekend; some marked the heartfelt expression of genuine issues with the Abbott government and others were moments of absolute respect and unity for and with one-another. Amidst the misrepresentation of the true peacefulness of the marchers, these images never had the chance to be known for what they are – a display of the passionate, open-minded, thinking Australia.


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“The perfect moment”
Perhaps one of the most perfectly captured images from the protest weekend – a protestor at March in March Sydney receives a high-five from a motorist as they pass by the passionate participants of the march.



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“The Left”
Before March in March, I had never considered that politics are simply the division of ‘left and right’. In fact, this perception is equivalent to the idea that life is to be viewed in terms of ‘black and white’ only. The terms “the left”, “lefties” and “leftists” are the ideal phrases for those who are desperate to discredit the march as being only one ‘side’ of politics. The reality – perhaps frightening to those who use such terms – is that marchers were from the entire political spectrum, included those who voted for the LNP and were even, and quite commonly, completely apolitical. We are not “the left”; we are Australians and we marched because we have the ability and awareness to identify what is currently just so wrong.


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“A tender moment”
At Adelaide March in March, I was so busy soaking in the atmosphere and holding a camera over my incredibly short self, that I snapped this shot without even noticing the content. While looking for photos to post on March in March Facebook, I came across this in the camera roll. This tender moment is by far my personal favourite moment from March in March Adelaide.


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“How folly of you!”
Let’s not forget Tony Abbott, the self-appointed minister for women’s infamous words: “I think it would be folly to expect that women will ever dominate or even approach equal representation in a large number of areas simply because their aptitudes, abilities and interests are different for physiological reasons.”


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“Large sentiments from tiny figures”
These are from an adorable series of figurines made by some very creative supporters. These mini protestors tackled most of the issues that we have with the federal government in the sweetest possible way.


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“The thoughts of the innocent”
Many who are willing to deny marriage equality would accuse this darling child of being nothing more than a machine for their parents’ own message; however, any compassionate, intelligent person would know that children have an intense failing to understand why anyone would deny equality – as do I.


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“Tony Abbott’s behaviour has been noted”
Senator Scott Ludlam told Tony Abbott that his behaviour – by list – has been “noted” during his now famous parliamentary address. Now the Australian people have done the same
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“Let’s strip the people of their rights!”
By waging war on unions, the government has waged war on the people.


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“Save our ABC”
It’s a simple message but a pertinent one; she loves the ABC and so do we. As part of the Abbott government’s series of attacks, the future of one of our last remaining impartial media bodies is under threat. To call the ABC “un-Australian”, as Tony Abbott has done previously, is akin to labelling the newspaper ‘The Australian’ as, well, as Australian.


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“Equality is not a trend”
The ever-stubborn and heartless Tony Abbott has made his opinion regarding marriage equality clear; “I’m not someone who wants to see radical change based on the fashion of the moment.”


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“The right to protest”
The right to protest, which is indeed an ancient right, is now being taken from us as hastily as it possibly could be. Victoria’s anti-protest law has passed recently and will come into effect this September. It is only a matter of time before the rest of the country conforms and we are even further gagged by the powers that currently be.


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“Australia doesn’t ‘believe in’ science”
It is 2014 and we’ve wound our calendars back near to the stone-age. Well, perhaps not that far but by announcing a cabinet without a science minister, being avid and stubborn climate-change deniers and heavily slashing funding to the CSIRO, the Abbott Government is certainly taking what was a progressive society as far back as they can drag us.


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“If not too much to ask…”
We feel as though we’ve been hijacked by a government that chooses to govern only for big-business, rather than for the Australian people. We will not go down without protest – we will not accept what is being done to us and our land.


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“Murder on Manus”
Scott Morrison doesn’t see fit to close offshore processing facilities despite the known horrid conditions in which asylum seekers are forced to live during their time – which is undetermined – held as prisoners in offshore detention centres, the 3 of 6 women who miscarried in the Manus Island detention centre last year due to being given Malaria injections without first being tested for pregnancy, the children held in detention, the brutal attacks on asylum seekers by locals and guards inside the Manus compound, or a young, defenceless man’s murder during said attack. This is not acceptable.


*Images will be credited if/when I can locate the original source. If you have spotted your photograph on here, please feel free to let me know so that I can give appropriate credit.