Roger Yates

Roger Yates

Vegan Activist

Roger Yates became a vegan in 1979 for ethical reasons. For most of his adult life, he’s been involved in various volunteer roles in the grassroots of the animal advocacy movement. In the late 1980s, he served 4 years in prison for his press liaison work for the Animal Liberation Front (ALF). He is currently an organizing volunteer for Dublin-based Vegan Information Project (VIP).

He is also an occasional lecturer in sociology at UCD and has taught social theory, critical theory, the sociology of humour, and social movements and protest modules. His MA was about the British animal advocacy movement, and his PhD was a study of the three pillars of the ideology of speciesism: theology, philosophy, and everyday social practice.

Saturday
12:00pm

We banned it! Bans are popular - but when and where do they achieve anything?

Does banning this and that amount to a hill of beans – or are we often just wasting time, money, and effort? Join me to workshop the pros and cons of “banning stuff,” looking at hunting bans in Britain and Ireland, fur bans, and banning live exports.

Vegan Activists Support full timetable

Saturday
2:00pm

Panel: Education and Disruption

A panel to discuss how education and disruption can help to build vegan awareness.

Moderator: Jeremy Hess

Panellists:

  • Jennifer D’Netto – Creator of DxE UK
  • Pamela Nvova – Founder of Animal Justice Emergency
  • Dr Roger Yates – Founder of Vegan Information Project
  • Alex Lockwood – Co-Coordinator of Animal Rebellion 

Animal Rights & Activism full timetable

Saturday
4:00pm

In Defence of Revolutionary Veganism

Why do social movements moderate over time and lose the radicalism of the pioneers of the movement – and why has it happened to the vegan movement?

In 1944, during “World War II,” the vegan social movement emerged as declared peace and justice-for-all. At least three of the anti-authoritarian founders of the vegan movement were conscientious objectors, refusing to kill anyone, and prepared to suffer the consequences of their moral consistency. Donald Watson says that people were “shattered” by the experience of a global conflict, and the early vegan movement pioneers set about analysing why humanity was so violent and what could be done – their solution was a revolutionary philosophy of veganism. Their vision of a vegan future was truly remarkable.

Presently, that vision is being challenged and reduced versions of veganism are currently proposed. In this talk, I will argue that modern day veganism has lost the radicalism of the founders of our movement: a revolutionary vision needed more than ever at a time of climate crisis.

Animal Rights & Activism full timetable

Sunday
12:00pm

In Defence of Revolutionary Veganism

Why do social movements moderate over time and lose the radicalism of the pioneers of the movement – and why has it happened to the vegan movement?

In 1944, during “World War II,” the vegan social movement emerged as declared peace and justice-for-all. At least three of the anti-authoritarian founders of the vegan movement were conscientious objectors, refusing to kill anyone, and prepared to suffer the consequences of their moral consistency. Donald Watson says that people were “shattered” by the experience of a global conflict, and the early vegan movement pioneers set about analysing why humanity was so violent and what could be done – their solution was a revolutionary philosophy of veganism. Their vision of a vegan future was truly remarkable.

Presently, that vision is being challenged and reduced versions of veganism are currently proposed. In this talk, I will argue that modern day veganism has lost the radicalism of the founders of our movement: a revolutionary vision needed more than ever at a time of climate crisis.

Animal Rights & Activism full timetable

Sunday
2:00pm

Panel: Grassroots - Where to From Here?

A panel to discuss various forms of grassroots activism and where to go from here.

Moderator: Jeremy Hess

Panellists:

  • Lynn Sawyer – Animal Rights Activists / Sab
  • Emma Louisa – YouTuber (Banana Warrior Princess)
  • Roger Yates – Vegan Information Project
  • Mark Flood – Organiser with Anonymous for the Voiceless

Animal Rights & Activism full timetable