The VIP Blog

VIP on Gerry Kelly’s Late Lunch show on LMFM Radio

The Vegan Information Project’s press contact, Dr. Roger Yates, returned to LMFM in Drogheda during World Vegan Month, 13 November 2013.

He spoke, in a wide-ranging three-part interview, to Gerry Kelly of the Late Lunch show.

VIP’s “mini-course” on Social Movements for World Vegan Month

The Vegan Information Project presented an Informal public lecture on “Understanding Social Movements with Case Studies about Vegan Animal Advocacy” by Dr. Roger Yates, at The Outhouse, Dublin, 11th November, 2013.

This is part of VIP’s World Vegan Month programme of events.

Scroll down to view the Power Point slide show seen in these videos.

“Understanding Social Movements with Case Studies about Vegan Animal Advocacy.” Session 1, Nov 2013 from Roger Yates

VIP feature at “Vegans at The Feast” Event in Conwy, North Wales

October 26th and 27th 2013 saw the second “Vegans at The Feast” event in Conwy, North Wales.

The Conwy Feast is an annual attraction and the vegan activists in the area have run a vegan cafe there for the last two years.

This time, about 850 free vegan meals were given away during the weekend. People also came to get vegan snacks, visit the tables and stalls, and hear the live music being played all day. The films, Making the Connection (especially made with Welsh sub-titles) and The Cove where also shown.

The Dublin-based Vegan Information Project to their “Vegan Information Day” gazebo stall to the event, and communications officer, Dr. Roger Yates, gave three talks about the basics of veganism.



VIP stall, 9th Oct 2013 – more pigeon drama!


Just another day for the Vegan Information Project’s “Vegan Information Day” stall (13th week stall, 9-10-13). A few weeks ago, we helped to free the legs of pigeons who had become entangled in string. A further pigeon was taken to the Back Into Daylight Animal Sanctuary for “fattening up.” He was released back into Temple Bar Square today.


Apart from that, all the other VIP activities took place on the day.


At one time a group of teenagers came to the stall asking for vegan recipes they can use in their home economics class. Maps of the vegan-friendly cafes and restaurants were popular as ever.


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VIP Community Spirit (Vegan Information stall 2-10-13)


It rained – it rained a lot – on the day of the 12th Vegan Information Day stall in Temple Bar Square, Dublin, which ran from 11-7.15 on the 2nd October, 2013.


It was an interesting day, for one thing, there was an unusually large gardai (police) presence in Temple Bar Square on the day – they were offered tea from the VIP stall! A person came up to the stall and said, in effect, “thanks for being here, doing what you do,” something that has happened before, while a vegetarian woman declared that she will be vegan from that moment on after talking to some of the stall “staff.”


During the day, a total of 9 “staff” members ran the stall, so a big thanks to all yet again for this brilliant commitment. Another three vegan activists also attended – at times, the Vegan Information Day stall was “Vegan HQ!”


We tend to be aware in the 21st century, that the “problem” of veganism is not health, and not nutrition, it is the social aspects of living vegan. In this sense, then the VIP stall has provided a great focal point for vegans to gather, do vital public vegan outreach, and support one another. There is a strong feeling that this particular type of vegan information is particularly valuable. It is not based on moral shocks (there are no graphic pictures on the stall); it is not about single-issues; and it is not about hiding the fact that veganism is the basis of our claims: it is about being honest and open that we feel the solution is the abolition of animal use and the adoption of veganism.


In another blog entry, we noted that stall staff members became involved in freeing the feet of pigeons who had their feet entangled by string and other items casually discarded by humans. We tried to capture another such pigeon this time but without luck – we’ll be back with our expert “pigeon catcher” to sort her out!