Veganism first in Westminster
Kerry McCarthy spoke about vegan solutions to global food security, healthy
diet and cutting climate change at an adjournment debate at about 10pm on World
Vegan Day (November 1 2011). It was
shown live on BBC parliament TV and parliament live TV.
McCarthy and Vegan Society staff Jasmijn de Boo, George Gill, Amanda Baker and
Rebecca Henderson also hosted an event at 2pm on World Vegan Day at Portcullis
House where roughly 15 MPs and 65 others (including the Parliamentary
Assistants of numerous MPs) and representatives from NGOs saw our new film Making the Connection and took home free
vegan cupcakes and Vegan Society literature.
Head of Information Rosamund Raha took the opportunity to mention the World
Vegan Day adjournment debate when she spoke for fifteen minutes on the Hannah
Murray Show (Talk Radio Europe) on 1 November.
McCarthy MP has already invited The Vegan Society to run a bigger UK House of
Commons event for World Vegan Day 2012.
Catering in Parliament
were made for House of Commons restaurants to put on vegan options during the
week beginning Monday 31 October and, helped by the information posters that we
supplied, five House of Commons restaurants averaged 12% vegan meals sold. The chefs received very positive feedback.
through Facebook continues to go from strength to strength with The Vegan
Society having nearly 80,000 fans. Many experienced vegans regularly check our
pages and help those trying out veganism for the first time: swapping recipes or
discussing vegan issues.
The Vegan Pledge
receiving large numbers of requests to take The Vegan Pledge with over 2,000
new pledges in 2011. A significant
number of those people are staying vegan.
We plan to increase this number in 2012 by giving the pledge more
The Vegan Trademark
2011, Vegan Society Business Development Department reached the landmark of 400
Trademark holders. This means that over
twelve thousand products now carry The Vegan Society Trademark and the number
is increasing year on year.
to sponsor events throughout the UK and elsewhere. Some events are local food fairs held in
village halls and others are large events such as Vegfest in Bristol. We also sponsored activities such as a vegan
category at Hospitality at the NEC where competitors are invited to prepare,
cook and present an imaginative, nutritionally balanced vegan main course in 30
Working Closely with the Vegan
Prisoner Support Group (VPSG)
Officer, Rebecca Henderson, has worked with VPSG to produce joint publications
such as prison caterer’s newsletters and guides for caterers and vegan
prisoners. Our joint efforts mean that catering provision in prisons around the
UK is of a high standard with prison caterers actively competing with each
other to win the VPSG/Vegan Society awards.
Making the Connection
thousands of people have viewed The Vegan Society film (made with Environment
Films) Making the Connection
online. The film is now available with
subtitles in eight different languages. If
you have not seen it yet please do view it here: http://www.vegansociety.com/resources/making-the-connection.aspx
None of these
achievements could have been done without the generosity of our members and
supporters. We would like to thank all
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