It was my pleasure to return to Dublin VegFest in September 2016 to give a talk about a “movement issue” that concerns me: the move by “professionals” in the movement to alter the meaning of veganism to the extent that a person who eats other animals can be regarded as a vegan.
Part of this move against veganism involves suggesting to young, impressionable, vegans at conferences and other events across the globe, that the best way to promote veganism is by not being vegan yourself in dietary terms, and to reject (and even mock) the philosophy of veganism. Part of this position is to socially construct and maintain the “crazy vegan” slur, and the suggestion that “vegan” is a scare word.
I make the case that this attack on veganism should be resisted and opposed and that vegans should carry on doing what they ultimately want – the advocacy of veganism.
[There was a huge queue to get into Dublin VegFest, so the beginning of my talk was delayed – so we conducted a spontaneous Q&A before the talk – I’m blaming this for me losing my voice slightly at the end of this recording!]
Vegan Education on the Go & the Vegan Information Project have at the start of September passed a milestone of 200 HOURS of no-nonsense vegan education direct to the public in 2016. Continuing VEGO’s work which began in January 2015, these joint events represents a huge commitment to public education about veganism, which is unlikely to have been matched anywhere else.
Although not all 2016 events have been videoed, nevertheless there are close to 40 Vegan Information Day videos diaries now available. You can see them all H E R E.
This is the very latest video
Both Vegan Education on the Go and the Vegan Information Project are entirely volunteer groups and huge thanks must go to the wonderful vegan volunteers who turn out every week come rain or shine. THANK YOU!
After a successful 16-week residency in Temple Bar Square in the heart of Dublin in 2013, the Vegan Information Project are happy to announce that we are back!
The Temple Bar Cultural Trust have given VIP – along with Vegan Education on the Go – a permit to return to the square. This means that we are able to use the gazebo and all the benefits we get from that, including weather protection (what, in Ireland!) and videos etc. We are working hard to develop the video aspect of our work – and also the “tea station” where members of the public sit with a free cuppa and talk all things vegan with a VIP/VEGO volunteer.
Here’s a few video diaries marking our return to the square…
Sociologist and volunteer for the Vegan Information Project (VIP), Dr. Roger Yates, was the guest of the Dublin Animal Rights Group who showed the film Cowspiracy in Dublin on 18th February 2016.
Roger Yates answered the following questions..
Can you please tell us a bit about yourself and how you got involved with the animal rights movement?
From your experience what methods are most effective in the promotion of veganism and animal rights be it publicising the movement on the streets, single issue campaigns or means such as social media and documentaries
You have had well publicised disagreements with vegan public figures who advocate the likes of reducetarianism, meatless Mondays, etc. Can you share with us your views on this?
Recently, there has been an upturn in the public’s interest in vegansim and we are seeing campaigns such as the vegan advertisements run by Eden Farmed Animal Sanctuary and an increase in vegan dairy and meat replacement products. Do you envision an end or significant decrease in industrial animal farming and slaughter over the coming decades?
…and then questions from the audience.
There were some technical problem on the day – but a good deal of the Q&A survived!
Our friends at VEGO (Vegan Education on the Go) have been doing weekly vegan education outreach events in Dublin for a year now. They start at 1pm on Saturdays and end after 6pm – the longest sustained outreach events, along with the VIP gazebo events, in Ireland.
The Vegan Information Project began doing joint events with VEGO a few months ago. For 2016, weekly “video diaries” have been produced. The third and fourth are presented here.
VIP would like to thank once again the folks at Art of Zen for the plant-based cheese samples which are a big hit every week – and to VegFest UK’s manager, Tim Barford, for including VIP in the list of beneficiaries of the “Pig Freud Tour.” See more about the “thinking pig’s pig” HERE). The wonderful gift from the PF tour means that VIP are now largely in a position to fund “Neville,” the much-needed VIP van, for another year (renewing insurance and road tax, for example – the day-to-day expenses, such as diesel, are paid for by VIP volunteers. We are also still paying off the purchase of the van). If you would like to further support VIP’s unique style of vegan education outreach, please see HERE).