Bake with Compassion for Compassion in World Farming

By Sarah Marshadlam

60 billion animals are farmed for food each year – the majority of these in cruel intensive factories. WE are the consumers, it’s up to US to put a stop to this cruelty.

UPDATE – £31.87 raised

08/11/2013 The cake sales have ended! Thank you very much to everyone who donated, we generated £31.87 which I will be sending off to the charity now!

17/10/2013 Cake sales are doing well already! I’ve sold cakes at my work Lenric International  (thank you all for your donations!!) and will bake another batch this weekend for my husband’s work Equiniti.

The cupakes went down very well!! Thank you also to Compassion in World Farming who sent me a lovely reply to my email and were VERY helpful in offering to send any items to support. Looking forward to receiving my factsheets/leaflets to pass around.

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I made the collection tin out of a Bisto gravy container and stuck to the fundraising pack as a backing

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How to join in

By following the link above you can receive your own bake with compassion fundraising pack. It’s brilliant – it has recipes, banners, posters – everything you need to hold your own bake sale.

Simply bake cakes or treats with kindly sourced produce – free range eggs, organic milk etc. At school, work, social meeting places or hold your own coffee morning at home; sell your cakes  to raise money for Compassion in World Farming. You can also spread awareness by putting up posters or creating factsheets to hand out. It’s great to get the kids involved too!

I will be starting baking cupcakes soon and selling at mine and my husband’s work as well as urging friends and family to buy,  so will put an update on later! I will be giving out a factsheet to every person that buys too.

After your sale, simply follow the instructions on their website to donate the amount you’ve made.

Why?

The Compassion in World Farming charity is a wonderful cause – the work they do is ending the unnecessary cruelty and suffering endured by farm animals in ‘factory farming’ methods and live exports.

The charity campaigns and works towards global reform and spreads awareness to consumers.

To learn more visit: http://ciwf.org.uk/farm_animals/default.aspx

The facts  are shocking – mass produced meat, diary and eggs cause so much suffering to animals. From intensive programmes, overcrowding, religious slarught, to exports. It’s completely unnecessary – torturing animals for cheap food is not a valid reason!

The below images are upsetting, but it’s only by being aware of where our food come from that we can make wise choices and work towards changing legalisation. Factory farming may make the food in our basket cheaper, but is it worth it?

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This poor sheep is undergoing ‘mulesing’ – surgical removal of skin around the tail WITHOUT anaesthetic. This is to prevent ‘fly strike’.

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These animals can feel pain, fear and a whole range of emotions. If we are going to breed them for meat, we have a responsibility to give them a decent life and a pain and fear-free end.

What can we do to end this abuse?

60 billion animals are farmed for food each year – the majority of these in cruel intensive factories. WE are the consumers, it’s up to US to put a stop to this cruelty.

The theme of my blog is that ‘every little bit counts’. If every body did a tiny thing to help, we’d make big changes. We can help by spreading awareness so more people know the truth about the grim reality. Sign petitions on website such as ‘petitionsite’ and ‘care2’ and ‘change’. Laws need to be changed so that farm animals are reared kindly and killed humanely.

The most important thing we can do ourselves is choosing the food we buy wisely. I know money is tight, and mass produced meat, eggs and diary is cheap but is it worth it? If you don’t think you can regularly go free range/organic then don’t buy it at all.

I’m not flush with cash but will only buy free range now, so meat is a treat and tastes all the more better knowing that my conscience is clear and the animal had a good life before being humanely killed. Eggs are milk on the otherhand are not much more expensive than the crueler versions if you shop smartly – I find Asda the cheapest – 6 free range eggs for 98p! Only buy British ham/pork – easy to identify by the union jack on the packaging.

For more ways to shop wisely view the link below:

http://ciwf.org.uk/your_food/default.aspx

About the charity ( From their website) 

Compassion in World Farming was founded over 40 years ago in 1967 by a British farmer who became horrified by the development of modern, intensive factory farming.

Today we campaign peacefully to end all cruel factory farming practices. We believe that the biggest cause of cruelty on the planet deserves a focused, specialised approach – so we only work on farm animal welfare.

Read more about our strategy >>

We are immensely proud of what we have achieved so far:

  • Our award winning undercover investigations have exposed the reality of modern intensive farming systems and brought the plight of farm animals to the attention of the world’s media
  • Our political lobbying and campaigning has resulted in the EU recognising animals as sentient beings, capable of feeling pain and suffering. We have also secured landmark agreements to outlaw the barren battery cage for egg-laying hens, narrow veal crates and sow stalls across Europe
  • Compassion in World Farming’s Food Business Team is working with some of the world’s biggest food companies – retailers, producers and manufacturers. The companies we work with are a key part of the drive towards a more ethical and sustainable food supply. Our Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards are already benefitting millions of animals each year. Over 311 million animals are set to benefit each year as a result of our Good Award winners’ policies”

Ideas and recipies for Bake with Compassion!

The bake with compassion fundraising pack comes with toppers which you can cut out and assemble with cocktail sticks.

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Ingredients

For the buttercream icing
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