Event moved to Central Hall Level 1 & 3 at Olympia, website live in February
Big thanks to the Lifefood team for their generous support of VegfestUK 2015 :)
BOGOF until Feb 28th 2015, BOGOHP until Mar 21st 2015; pay-on-gate options also available
Massive interest in vegan lifestyle as we approach 70th year of veganism
2015 dates and venue TBC
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- Going live for bookings next week Thursday March 30th - the UK's first dedicated vegan Trade and Media show... t.co/Apn4NtDvMV
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Talks - Campaigns
TALKS - campaigns
12.00 Sea Shepherd - If the Oceans Die, we Die
12.00 The Black Fish - Working for our Oceans
5.00 Nitin Mehta (Young Indian Vegetarians) - European Vegetarians from the 17th Century onwards and the Hindu/Jain Influence
Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.
Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations. Our talk will cover different aspects of our work. It will also focus on Operation GrindStop 2014: The biggest campaign of it's type in Sea Shepherd's history.
1.00 - Vanessa Hudson - Animal Rights Politics in 2014
Animal Welfare Party is one of 15 parties for animals that have formed around the world in the last 20 years.
Earlier this year 7 of the European parties came together and campaigned for the 2014 EU elections as the 'Euro Animal 7'. The aim? To return dedicated representatives for animals to the EU Parliament for the first time ever.
Although AWP's result in the UK was not sufficient to win a seat, we were delighted that our Dutch and German counterparts, PvdD and Tierschutz Partei were successful and now, for the first time in history, represent animals in the EU Parliament.
Vanessa Hudson, Leader of the UK's AWP, discusses what the victory above means for animal rights and what opportunities lie ahead for AWP.
2.00 - Chris Williamson - Vegans will Inherit the Earth
BEING a Vegan is about more than diet for me. It is integral to the beliefs I hold, campaigns I support and person I am.
I abhor cruelty to people and to animals. I care about the environment and I am a passionate League Against Cruel Sports supporter. I have campaigned on a wide range of issues from banning fox hunting to ending the scandal of food poverty that affects millions of Britons today.
My constituency office is a meat-free zone. It would be as offensive for someone to eat meat in my office as it would be if they smoked.
And after 38 years living this way, do I lack anything I would have if I wasn’t a vegan?
Quite the contrary. I worked long hours on a building site before entering politics and work even longer hours representing my constituents today.
As the world's population grows, can't go on wasting land growing animal feed crops. My diet gives me the energy and vigour to live the life I lead. It is for these reasons that I believe the vegans will inherit the Earth.
3.00 - Lisa Mitchinson (Wood Green) - A spotlight on the nations unwanted pets and what this means for rehoming centres
We can have everything we want, when we want it, but is this always a good thing? Wood Green, The Animals Charity is at the forefront of the crisis facing the nation’s homeless and abandoned pets so, with a focus on dogs, discusses the rationale behind stray populations and the challenges facing rehoming centres today.
4.00 - Kim Stallwood - Animal Witness
By combining historical and philosophical thinking with personal experience, I look back on my life to discover why animals are important to me, and what living as a vegan animal rights advocate means. As a witness for the animals, I share a larger story about animal activism, and in doing so call for compassion, truth, nonviolence, and justice for all regardless of species. Join me to learn more about why animals and their well-being matter to us. We will take a fresh look at living as a vegan, and explore effective ways to campaign for animals.
5.00 - Juliet Gellatley - The Dark Side of Dairy
Two fabulous new guides, Everyone’s going dairy-free and Why you don’t need dairy AND a new laminated poster, Calcium-Rich Foods (available at this talk)
Cows produce milk to feed their babies – just like humans. It flows for the best part of a year and then stops. More milk requires more babies. That’s the reality of dairy farming – the visible, obvious side of the industry. But there is another, cruel, much darker side to dairy which few see and even fewer know about. A fascinating and moving talk that’ll give you plenty of food for thought.
6.00 - Philip Mansbridge - What Price for Wildlife?
In What Price for Wildlife, Philip will look at some of current crises facing key species globally and the relationship between commercial enterprise and these issues. Debating the intrinsic worth of an animal rather than the commercial worth of the animal, he will discuss how the perspective of value changes between stakeholders and nationalities, and how charities like Care for the Wild International, and many others, overcome these challenges, change attitudes and fight against commercial exploitation of animals in the UK and around the globe, and how the audience can make real and positive change to the issues before it is too late.
Our oceans are being plundered at an uncontrollable rate. With illegal fishing practices rife, if we carry on as we are we can expect empty oceans by 2048. Fishing crime in the Mediterranean and Baltic seas brings illegal overfishing close to home and something must be done. The Black Fish works to challenge and prevent the use of illegal fishing methods within EU waters. Join Charlee Bennett to learn of the exciting new programme that aims to double the number of Fisheries Enforcement Officers in the EU in the next 2 years.
1.00 - Dominic Dyer - The Badger Army Campaign
Dominic will speak about his work in wildlife protection in the UK and around the world with a particular focus on the badger cull campaign as follows:
- How the badger has been demonised and blamed for the spread of TB in cattle
- The failure of the pilot badger culls on scientific, economic and humanness grounds
- The growing problem of badger persecution
- How tighter cattle controls better TB testing and vaccination of badgers and cattle is a long term solution reducing bovine TB
2.00 - Ben Martin (Animal Aid) - The Great Vegan Challenge
This November Animal Aid is again running its extremely popular Great VeganChallenge, which gives people the chance to try veganism for a whole month with all the help, support and information they need. In this talk, Animal Aid campaigner Ben Martin will look at what the Great Vegan Challenge offers budding vegans, why going vegan is important, and how the lessons learned from the past two years of running the Challenge can be applied to local vegan outreach in your area.
3.00 - Kerry McCarthy - Challenging the food and farming lobby
Food manufacturers, supermarkets and the farming industry are powerful lobbyists and exert considerable influence over Government policy. How can we combat this and ensure that the vegan agenda – on the environment, public health, animal welfare and feeding the world – also gets a hearing? Kerry McCarthy, who has been an MP for nine years and vegan for much longer, will lead a discussion on how current policy is shaped by food and farming interests, and how we can make our voices heard.
4.00 - Caroline Allen (Green Party) - The Growing Food Crisis:
Why Industrial Animal Farming is Bad for Animals, People and the Environment
5.00 - Nitin Mehta (Young Indian Vegetarians) - European Vegetarians from the 17th Century onwards and the Hindu/Jain Influence
Mahatma Gandhi came to London in 1888 to study law. Gandhi was converted to the vegetarian cause after reading Henry Salts, 'Plea for Vegetarianism'. What Gandhi perhaps did not realise was that the ideas of Vegetarianism and Ahimsa that he picked up in London had their origins in India! The talk will trace the Indian roots of the European Vegetarian movement.