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September 2017 Monthly Video Diary

With great pleasure, the Vegan Information Project present our monthly video diary for September 2017.

These diaries show scenes from the VIP’s “Vegan Information Day” events which take place every Thursday in Temple Bar Square, Dublin (10am – 6pm, or 1 – 6pm in the very cold weather).

The Vegan Information Project is an all-volunteer group and, as always, many thanks go to the wonderful volunteers who turn out every week to talk to the public about the justice-for-all vision of vegan philosophy.

Thanks you awesome people!

VIDEOS: Rapid-Fire Reviews of Weekly Info Days

Because we find it so very hard to wait for each monthly video diary, we’ve begun to make very short (less than a minute) reviews of the weekly Vegan Information Day events.

Hope you like them!


VIDEO: VIP’s 7th Monthly Video Diary

We are happy to share our 7th monthly video diary of 2017 covering the month of July. As you’ll see, we now have TWO WHITE GAZEBOS and this makes our Vegan Information Day events splendid! The original red canopy on our first gazebo (bought in 2013 for a really great knock-down price) was beginning to tear. We were tempted to get a “cool” black replacement but that wouldn’t be practical.

The white tops make things a lot brighter – and that will help in the darker months when we’ll be bringing out lights back into use.

The other gazebo is brand new since the one borrowed to us had to be returned. Luckily we were able to purchase this second one for half price, so both gazebos have turned out to be bargains!


Generations of Animal Loving Animal Users

When vegans talk to non-vegans about “animal farms” and the other animal use that goes on inside them, non-vegans often claim that they “know” about farms and they already have the knowledge they need in order to make an informed decision about whether to consume animal products or not.

They may say that they are happy to consume other animals but they are opposed to “cruelty to animals.” They often claim that they are pretty sure that the other animals they have eaten have not suffered.

This video by sociologist Roger Yates, organising volunteer for the Vegan Information Project, looks at this issue in terms of socialisation processes – the lessons we learn as children about human relations with other sentient beings.

When non-vegans claim knowledge of other animal use, they are often recalling the vision of “free-range farming” they encountered as children in books – or because they may see, for example, cows or sheep in fields as they pass in trains or cars. Such scenes remind them of those early picture book stories of “happy animals” who live in farms.

This is part of the process of creating generation after generation of animal loving animal users who have been taught by the ideology of animal welfarism – the dominant way by which humans think about their relations with other animals – that “non-cruel use” is not only possible, but common. They’ll often agree with the proposition that animal farmers “love” and “care” about the other animals in their charge, and they’ll accept the notion that other animals eaten by humans have “only one bad day.”

Other Animals Benefit on Vegan Information Days

New literature display

Here’s a great part of doing the VIP’s Vegan Information Days in Temple Bar Square, Dublin.

We have a printed list of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and cafes in the Dublin area. More than usual went out on the 13th of July – about 25 in all. This is because we were using a new leaflet display for the first time [thanks Declan!], see picture left. The restaurant and cafe guide can be seen top left, next to a sign saying all the literature is free to take.

This means that shy people can get literature without necessarily having to come up to the gazebos. Indeed, this is the very reason why we made a large “A” board in the first place. We noticed back in 2013 that it took one person three weeks before coming up to the gazebo. One of the co-founders of the Vegan Information Project predicted that this would be one advantage of doing regular events in the same place and times.

It is very common that the vegans that we meet every week are accompanied by non-vegans. This means, armed with our guide, all these people are likely to be eating plant-based while in Dublin.

VIP also has a QR scan poster of the vegan/vegan-friendly eateries. With the right app, people can scan a map of the cafes and restaurants into their smartphones. If people don’t have such an app – or can’t get online until back at their holiday accommodation, for example – we send them the map link as a FB message.

It is very heartening when, later, or during the next day, the notifications come through indicating that they have accessed the link. That’s more people eating plant-based meals due to Vegan Information Days!

VIDEO: Our 6th Video Diary of the Year

The Vegan Information Project (VIP) are happy and proud to share our 6th monthly video diary of 2017, covering the month of June. These videos document the VIP’s “Vegan Information Day” events which began in 2013. These are weekly 5-hour direct to the public vegan education events.

We believe that we must challenge the dominant culture – speciesism – which says that we humans can systematically and ruthlessly use and exploit other animals for our benefit. We reject that, and believe that we need to directly confront speciesist culture at the grassroots, community-based level.

The VIP’s values incorporate the concept of “The Great Refusal.”

We REFUSE what is.

We fundamentally challenge what is.

Grassroots pro-intersectional vegan education is so important. We tackle the issue of violence face-to-face. We talk to the “vegan curious,” and those who would want to maintain the status quo. We confront dominant violence with our vegan signs, our banners, our pro-intersectional literature, our talk.

We stand alongside the founders of the vegan social movement of the 1940s who stood for peace, non-violence, the moral evolution of humanity – and, for JUSTICE-FOR-ALL.

Many people come up to us to thank us for what we do. We give them strength to remain vegan, or to move closer to the philosophy of veganism. We are an island in a sea of violence.


VIDEO: Two (less than) One Minute Reviews of Recent Vegan Information Day Events

These are exciting times for the Vegan Information Project. We have purchased a second gazebo (when “our” second gazebo was reclaimed by its rightful owner) and bought a new canopy for the first one (the one that was usually red).

So now we have two white gazebos which look really good next to each other – as you’ll see from these brief reviews of recent Vegan Information day events.

VIDEO: VIP Interview on Near FM (May 2017)

Darren Prior/ Mac an Phríora of Near FM interviewed VIP’s Roger Yates at the double gazebo “Vegan Information Day” event in Temple Bar Square, 25-5-17.

We’ve put some visuals on the interview, mainly showing scenes from Vegan Information Day.