Here is a summary of some of the work of The Vegan Society during 2009.
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Work with Other Organizations
Executive Officer, Nigel Winter, met with Sainsbury’s and Tesco to help them find ways to meet the
requirements of vegans and many of our members e-mailed Tesco with
Executive, Trustees and staff have attended over a dozen conferences and
seminars to influence decision makers such as the Department of Health Healthier Food Mark conference. We also submitted responses to several consultations.
Cook Vegetarian Magazine
We got a substantial advertorial feature
into the November issue of Cook Vegetarian magazine, giving the reasons why
switching to a vegan diet is better for the environment.
This year our
speakers have visited colleges, universities and youth groups. However, our most common invitations are
still for cookery demonstrations and focus days in secondary schools and we’ve
reached almost 2000 young people during 2009.
our Education Officer, presented a seminar to a group of teachers at the Design
and Technology show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC). Rob has been using online social networking
sites to stimulate interest in The Vegan Society and our activities:
If you have
marketing experience or have worked with or in schools please contact Rob to
offer assistance in raising awareness of our services: firstname.lastname@example.org
We continue to
work alongside the Vegan Prisoners' Support Group to help vegans in
prison. Information Officer, Verity Hunt-Sheppard, attended meetings with prison shop
suppliers to try to get more vegan products into prison shops. Verity also presented the joint VPSG/Vegan
Society awards at a prison service training centre in Rugby. While Vegan
Society group contact Nitin Mehta continued to press the Department of Health
regarding animal ingredients in medicines.
recession we continued to attract new trademark holders in 2009 and our overall
turnover increased. The Vegan Society
has applied for trademark registration in India, which may take until December 2010 to be
granted but should lead to some great new products and revenue. The trademark has recently been registered in Australia and Canada, helping to brand veganism on a global
scale. In 2009 we continued to raise the
profile of the trademark and attract new interest by attending trade shows such
as the Natural and Organic Products Show and the International Food and Drink
Spreading the Word
group contact, Nitin Mehta, and Nutrition and Health Spokesperson, Stephen
Walsh, supported the expanding Jain Vegan movement by speaking about veganism
and vegan nutrition at a two-day Annual Jain Festival attended by about 3,000
people. Stephen Walsh also did a series
of talks for the Adventist community in Watford throughout the early Spring and Summer. Nishma Shah of Shambhu’s Kitchen did cookery
demonstrations at the Adventist events.
Vegan Training in China
Vegan Society Trustees Dr Matthew Cole and Dr Karen Morgan ran a course at Xiamen University, South-East China, entitled 'Critical Studies of Hierarchical
Relations'. The course provided the
chance to speak to Chinese postgraduate students about veganism and the
connections between the exploitation of nonhuman animals, women and people of
colour. As a result of the course some
students expressed an interest in becoming vegan in the future and trying to
work for better animal protection in China.
Published Academic Work
Society Trustees Dr Matthew Cole and Dr Karen Morgan got an article and interview about their
academic work on veganism published in the German magazine: Tierbefreiung. The article’s title is: Understanding the exploitation of nonhuman animals: why
isn’t there more opposition? The article refers to the following paper written by Vegan
Society Trustee Dr Matthew Cole and Vegan Society member Dr Kate Stewart which appeared in a USA peer reviewed journal and
looks at how children are encouraged to care about fictional animals, while
their attention is diverted from the real animals used to produce food:
Stewart, K. &
Cole, M. The conceptual separation of food and animals in childhood. Food,
Culture and Society 2009; 12(4): 457-476.
Catered for Here' Window Sticker Scheme
Caterers currently carrying our 'Vegans
Catered for Here' window stickers are: VBites, the new vegan restaurant in Hove,
Jyoti in Birmingham, Word of Mouth in Evesham, Coriander in Bournemouth, The
Warehouse Cafe in Birmingham, Itadaki-zen in London and Zouk in Leeds.
Amanda Baker, our PR and Media Officer,
gave a well-received talk on stock-free farming at The Glastonbury Festival
2009. Amanda has also given many other
talks and radio interviews.
We sent out an
open letter to Hilary Benn about pollinating insects and media releases on various
subjects including swine flu, Fiona Oakes in the London Marathon and Enzymes in
Vegan Society Vegan Pledge
Our Vegan Pledge
offers new vegans or those curious about veganism the opportunity to receive
the support of a mentor. Pledges can
last for a week, two weeks or a month. About
200 people from the UK and overseas took the Vegan Pledge in
2009 and we have received back almost seventy post-pledge questionnaires and
the good news is that most people who returned their post-pledge questionnaire
plan to stay vegan.
If you are
interested in becoming a mentor please contact email@example.com.
The Vegan magazine continues to go out quarterly and our
considers all submissions, letters and comments that are sent in. So please send articles or other items to firstname.lastname@example.org mark them ‘For
year we have responded to many thousands of e-mail, telephone and letter
enquiries which shows that The Vegan Society is considered to be the greatest
authority on all things vegan.
Jeff Masson launched his new book The
Face on Your Plate at events organised by Vanessa Clarke our International Coordinator
in London, Oxford and Cambridge.
Events Sponsored by The Vegan Society in 2009
- Veggie Pride UK
- The London Vegan Festival
- The Bristol Vegan Festival
- The West Midlands Vegan Festival
- The East Midlands Vegan Festival
- Croydon Eco Veggie Fayre
- Events featuring Jeffrey Masson in London, Oxford and Cambridge
- Vegan Campaigns vegan
Global Food Security
We have produced
a Global Food Security leaflet plus more detailed information sheets. The leaflet is aimed at policy makers,
farmers and development agencies to help them see the benefits of vegan diets
and stock-free farming for Global Food Security.
Looking forward ... there will be a UK General Election next year. Climate change and food security are at the
top of the political agenda. Stock-free
farming can provide nutritious, climate friendly food for all and needs to
feature in mainstream debate in the run-up to polling. Our Global Food Security leaflet is an ideal
summary. Please send a copy to your
sitting MP, who is obliged to respond to their constituents. When the Election is called, you can send
copies to all candidates too. Please
email email@example.com for support.
All of this work is made possible by the generosity
of Vegan Society members and we are grateful for this. With Season’s Greetings and best wishes for
the New Year from all at The Vegan Society.