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    brogeybear- i wasn't sure if that was the law in aus, but i know back in the states free range only means the animals are required to have access to the outdoors, even if it is a tiny window.
    DP gets all our meat/fish from his suppliers at work, which obv isn't an option for everyone but none of the animals come from factory farms...
    When I buy eggs I buy the RSPCA ones or the ones with no added hormones or antibiotics... which sometimes means they are caged eggs but free range eggs can have all those nasty things given to the chickens... it's something I struggle with. If anyone is interested, the book Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer is eye opening... but isn't Australian based.

    I try to avoid all chain restaurants/coffee shops. Not for any reason other than trying to support the local people as much as I can.

    I love this thread! The links were so wonderful and have definitely promted me to do more research into what I am buying.

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    WOW what a awesome thread<3

    well after much thinking, since I kinda subconsciously boycott stuff, and only realize it when I look at threads like this...

    I boycott...

    - Oil industry due to heavy corporate crime, and crimes against humanity and the planet earth itself (example BP) I don't even have a car, or any appliances that require oil based fuels...I only use public transport because well....lets face it, It would take me to long to walk to the other side of town or anywhere else for that matter so yeah lol.

    - Food companies that deal in Genetically modified Foods heavy corporate crime, crimes against humanity, assisting in genocide etc etc, and destroy our organic crops and contaminate our planet because they can not contain there monstrosities that they invent in labs ( for example...Monsanto <--- even has there own private army and also owns part of the pharmaceutical industry)

    - Pharmaceutical industry for crimes against humanity, causing primary genocides in multiple countries (official complaints have been issued to the international courts on the pharmaceutical industries heavy involvement in crimes against humanity and genocide ) There products did rank 3rd in America for most deaths caused annually on average if my memory serves me right 300,000 deaths a year. ( give or take ) I can not remember its international ranking in relation to deaths caused. Big pharmaceutical companies are also owned by the same powerful elitist criminals that own the Big oil companies, the big food companies (ex, Monsanto etc), known for conducting inhumane experiments on small populations, and large groups of unwary subjects which have resulted in 100% death ratios and or majority death ratios, responsible for releasing bio-weaponry on heavy populations to increase profits and or for experimental reasons. Also responsible for suppressing disease cures, chronic metabolic disease cures like cancer, aids etc and assassinating and assassination attempts on scientists and doctors that were about to publicly announce cures for certain chronic metabolic diseases and autoimmune diseases. suppressing the use of cannabis extracts that cured and prevented cancer...which finally is only just being recognized as a treatment for cancer after 50 years. geez...i can go on forever

    Other things:Big pharma

    Working alongside the united nations in a population reduction & management effort including: the invention and use of slow kill biological weaponry, Disease Biological weaponry, sterilization, Genetic manipulation (through Vaccine related products and or Drugs/food supplies/water supplies/also genetically modified insects for forced vaccine administering( you can thank bill gates for that one who has openly said he supports the use of vaccines for population management efforts and has openly said he is funding the research into these vaccine giving insects ). also one of the industries responsible for keeping Africa in a 3rd world state.

    Btw on a side note, bill gates is one of the biggest financial contributors to vaccine research, and its not for the reasons you would hope for

    Coca Cola Corporation - For assasinations, assasination attempts on union leaders and for contaminating there own products with dangerous levels of pesticides, which farmers in india use on there crops because of its pesticide effect and cheap cost.

    Microsoft - I keep meaning to boycott these ********! I will get around to it soon enough I think lol

    Porno industry - for ruining the sex lives of women and men alike and of love making and healthy relationships with there profit driven image of how sex should not be. for educating our children incorrectly about sex, the opposite sex etc etc yeah I'm sure you get what I mean

    religion - (this does not mean I boycott spirituality, religion is government not spirituality) I boycott religion because of how much pain, suffering it has caused over the years. religion is a insult to God, and it divides people and pits people against each other (wars etc)

    my brain is starting to hurt so I will just quikly list the rest, and I'm sure you will know why, and if you dont just ask lol

    - nike...and every major shoe brand that uses slave labor
    - and pretty much any industry/company/corporation that commits crimes against humanity. Rofl I'm not finished but yeah I think i may have to leave it there =D <3

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    Quote Originally Posted by Susan Mac View Post
    I've just read every page of this discussion and find it quite fascinating.

    I don't really boycott any brands/companies. I find it just too complex an issue. I choose products that are good quality and made in Australia were possible. Some days I'm just lazy and buy cheap crap from Kmart, for example, but usually end up regretting my purchase. I am making a more concerted effort to buy quality items from independent retailers.

    If I find that what someone sells isn't up to scratch, I won't buy it. I don't buy clothes from Kmart or Big W because they don't last. I don't buy cheap plastic toys because they don't last.
    I now refuse to buy anything from Colorado (or their brands) because the last THREE pairs of shoes I have bought have begun to fall apart within a few months, and a wallet that didn't close once I put a single card in each pocket. They were good about the first two pairs of shoes, but the third pair I took back to Williams where I bought them, and they told me they were still wearable (just uncomfortable where the inner sole lining was coming off) and that four months was a 'fair while'. For a $100 pair of shoes??? I haven't followed it up with Colorado directly yet, but will. I don't care how 'ethical' Colorado might be, if their product is rubbish, I won't buy from them.
    Colorado is in receivership

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    Quote Originally Posted by BabelFish View Post
    It's very comprehensive and long, yes! Sorry ...

    You type in the brand name, and it comes up with that company and its ethical profile, and also the same for its parent company.

    There is a quick-view legend on the side - either a bold green tick, a light green tick, an orange neutral, a red cross or a boycott symbol.

    Then when you click on the company name it lists a whole bunch of points with regard to ethical profile. It outlines the bad and the good, so you can make an informed decision, with links to the sites from which the information has been gathered.

    It's got hundreds of products in there.

    I use MCNs and so I put 'Huggies' in to see what came up. I was very surprised that their manufacturer, Kimberley Clarke, got a light green tick. They have made some interesting environmental commitments.

    It's a terrific app, it really is.
    I just downloaded the new 2011 version of this app after reading your post.... So because I'm on my iPhone and can't "thank" you.... I thought I just write instead and say thanks!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by meant2beamummy View Post
    Just in response to the caged egg vs free range ethical debate....
    I'm currently studying a B Food Science and Human Nutrition and it was mentioned in one of my classes that there is no major difference in the numbers of chickens kept in 'free' range as compared to caged hens.
    Caged hens can be treatd quite unhumanely - beaks removed etc, but often the same practises are used in free range chickens.


    The AVERAGE figures for No. of chickens per M2 are as follows:
    Caged hens - 16-18 hens per M2
    Free Range hens - 14-16 hens per M2


    Needless to say, I've changed ALOT of my food opinions since undertaking this course.
    You can't believe everything the big companies tell you!
    This is heart breaking - I would love to know more about what is actually happening in "humane - free range chicken" factories/farms....

    I know people do these things, I know this, but it STILL puzzles me how someone can consciously harm an animal, and think they are doing the right thing. Surely they have some guilt??



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    Any company related to Coles-Myer. Who also own Bunnings and a stack of other companies and are currently interested in buying Ebay. I dislike conglomerate corporations who push and shove the little guys out. It's everywhere I know but these lot in particular as well as the one below really go to extreme lengths.

    Woolworths especially, considering they own the largest single amount of poker machines in Australia. I've also had to deal with them in the past when I worked at a farm produce factory selling direct to Woolworths. They rip the farmers off something terrible and are rather nasty to deal with.

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    Hunter valley restaurant chain. They own slit of places locally. Two of which are very over priced and have yet managed to serve up what I ordered. They also pay their staff peanuts and I know two people who asked for a pay rise (because they were doing double their duties) and were told 'if they weren't happy they could leave'. One if those people had been working for them for 5years. I now refuse to go to any restaurant they own.

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    I don't boycott companies really, however I absolutely refuse to buy Coles brand or home brand stuff.

    Why?

    Because I worry about what happens when Mr Brandname goes out of business because people always buy the Coles brand. And I ask myself, when Mr Brandname goes out of business, will the Coles brand still be as cheap or will they raise the price to what Mr Brandname was?

    Insert Arnotts, Rev, Pauls, San Remo, Kellogs, or whatever brand in place of Mr Brandname.

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    This won't be popular but I hesitate to donate money to the Salvos and any religious based charity due to their biggoted discrimination of homosexual people

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellini View Post
    Gloria Jeans - they are the large sponsor of a controversial group which is very anti gay rights and very anti abortion. They have also been known to perform exorcisms, upon pregnant girls (although those claims are unfounded). The owners of Gloria Jeans are actually two very prominent members of the group/church.
    I agree. I refuse to go there either due to the hillsong church connection.
    I don't support any religious linked company, charity etc for that matter.

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