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23 March 2011 @ 10:26 am
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22 December 2010 @ 10:59 am
The Vegan Society are active on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheVeganSociety and you can contact our Office with questions: http://www.vegansociety.com/contactus.aspx

Please also watch our RSS News feed for announcements and updates: http://syndicated.livejournal.com/vegansocietyrss/profile and http://syndicated.livejournal.com/vegansocietyrss/profile

Thanks for your support of veganism!
If you emailed Pizza Express, you have probably received a standard reply from them, which begins: "Although we do not actually have a vegan pizza on the menu ... " and does not address all your specific queries?

The Vegan Society are awaiting further updates from Pizza Express.

It would be very helpful if you could contact caterers yourselves, raising the relevant concerns about good vegan options on standard menus. Most chains and independents have an email address or contact form on their Web site. You may find the Vegan Catering for All booklet helpful when talking to caterers: http://www.vegansociety.com/food/Vegan_Catering_for_All/

You may also find our Feedback Cards useful - designed for you to leave in restaurants for the chef after you have dined, you can download them from our Web site: http://www.vegansociety.com/food/catering_and_cookery/ or request ready printed copies from the Vegan Society office.

If you've contacted Pizza Express, or any other caterer, could you email media [at] vegansociety [dot] org - and forward any responses which you've received?

Many thanks - the Vegan Society relies on active supporters to be truly effective.
23 June 2009 @ 02:25 pm
Amanda Baker of The Vegan Society is talking on 'Food and Social Justice' at Glastonbury Festival at noon this Fri 26 Jun 2009 - please feel free to introduce yourself!
11 June 2009 @ 04:22 pm
Pizza Express have been inundated by feedback from more than 200 vegans, vegetarians and others seeking a clearly labelled vegan option on the standard Pizza Express menu.

Lines of communication are open between Pizza Express and The Vegan Society. Pizza Express have expressed a wish to apologise to enquirers for the abnormal delay in responding owing to the high level of response.

The stated national policy of Pizza Express is that vegan pizza can made in any branch to special order through the duty manager. This is because their pizza bases, pan oil, tomato sauce and many 'extra' toppings are free of substances taken from animals.

However The Vegan Society is aware of specific instances where customers have been unable to get a vegan pizza made to order. We shall continue to discuss this problem with Pizza Express.

The Vegan Society will continue to offer advice to Pizza Express about the benefits to customers, themselves, animals and the planet of having a good vegan pizza marked on their standard menu.
Dear Vegan Society Supporter,

We want to show Pizza Express the benefits of putting good vegan main course options on their standard menu. This will make it easier for people to become vegan, by making it easier to eat out. Items labelled vegan on standard menus will also raise awareness with the general public.

But we need you to be involved - only you can prove to Pizza Express that there is real customer demand.

Please email Pizza Express centrally on feedback@pizzaexpress.com with your thoughts. Here is a template, but you will be far more effective if you can write a short, positive message in your own words.

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Why not also contact your nearest Pizza Express restaurant to try to organise a vegan group meal? Send the 'Vegan Catering for All' booklet to the chef at least a week in advance, so they know all they need to cook good vegan dishes.

Thank you - your active support is what makes The Vegan Society effective. Please let us know how you get on!

Yours sincerely,

Roz Raha, Head of Information
30 April 2009 @ 10:18 am
From: http://www.vegansociety.com/newsroom/index.php?/archives/40-Enzymes-and-bread.html

"The Vegan Society is in contact with the Real Bread Campaign about the question of whether pig pancreas enzymes are being used in bread sold in the UK.

"We understand that manufacturers in the UK currently have a legal right not to declare so-called 'processing aids' on product packaging.

"One of the processing aids currently approved in the UK for bread production is phospholipase, an enzyme which can be derived from pig pancreas tissue.

"However The Vegan Society has not yet seen any evidence that the pig pancreas derived enzyme is currently used in bread production in the UK.

"We are closely monitoring the situation, and we shall publish information on our website and in our magazine, ( http://www.vegansociety.com/publications/the_vegan_magazine ) The Vegan, if we learn more.

"You can contact ( http://www.sustainweb.org/realbread/ )The Real Bread Campaign for more information: realbread@sustainweb.org or 020 7837 1228."

For people not in the UK: Is this an issue where you are?
29 April 2009 @ 11:42 am

The world saw fine performances from numerous vegan athletes in the London Marathon on Sunday 26 April 2009. The Vegan Society would like to congratulate them all.

Particularly outstanding performances, finishing within three hours, were achieved by

James Meldrum - time 2h 36m 42s, finishing 96th in the men's over-18 class

Ed Banks - time 2h 51m 53s

Max Newton - 2h 52m 24s

- these three are personal best times for these runners - and

Fiona Oakes - time 2h 58m 48s, finishing 4th in the women's over-40 class

- a remarkable performance given that Fiona suffered internal bleeding in her right knee during the race.

The media network Russia Today covered Fiona Oakes' challenge and contrasted it with that of another well-known London Marathon competitor who has suffered knee problems. See http://www.russiatoday.com/Art_and_Fun/2009-04-25/My_diet_s_better_than_yours__Mr_Ramsay__.html for the article. Mr Ramsay finished in 4h 5m 2s.

The results for vegan runners are available on the Web from the Vegan Runners' blog: http://veganrunnersuk.blogspot.com/ (please let Vegan Runners know if anyone is missing from their list.)
28 April 2009 @ 04:21 pm

The Vegan Society has sent the following open letter

The Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Dear Secretary of State,

The Vegan Society [1] welcomes your announcement on Tuesday 21 April [2] of £10 million to research the threats to pollinating insects in the UK.

We agree that it is vital to find sustainable solutions to the biological and environmental causes of pollinator decline.

We urge you to focus the funding primarily on research into wild insects, such as bumble bees, beetles, moths and butterflies.

Wild insects are valuable crop pollinators. Some important crops cannot be efficiently pollinated by farmed honey bees [3]. Evidence is emerging [4] that artificially rearing and introducing honey bees causes serious damage to wild insect pollinators. Such damaging effects of honey bee farming should be further investigated.

The insect conservation charity, Buglife [5] state that wild insect numbers are also declining because unsustainable land use practices destroy habitats, and because agrochemicals directly harm the insects.

A New Scientist article entitled ‘Honeybees under attack on all fronts’ [6] states that “By being highly selected for calmness and honey production, [honey] bees have lost other useful traits.”

The Vegan Society believes that selectively bred, farmed honey bees are highly unlikely to be a sustainable pollination solution.

We suggest that pollinator research should concentrate on how to improve conditions for wild pollinating insects.

Yours sincerely,

Nigel Winter
Chief Executive
The Vegan Society

Contact: Amanda Baker, media@vegansociety.com 0121 523 1737, 07874 664 793


1. Founded in 1944, The Vegan Society promotes vegan lifestyles - which exclude, as far as is possible and practical, all forms of exploitation of animals for food, clothing or any other purpose. Registered Charity No. 279228, Company Registration No. 1468880, VAT Registration No. 448 5973 95 http://www.vegansociety.com/
2. DEFRA News Release Ref: 86/09. £10 million initiative launched to tackle bee and pollinator decline http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2009/090421a.htm (accessed 28 April 2009)
3. Goulson D. Conserving wild bees for crop pollination Food Agric. Environ. 2003; 1: 142–144 http://www.isfae.org/scientficjournal/2003/issue1/abstracts/wild_bees_for_pollination.php (abstract accessed 28 April 2009)
4. Goulson, D. Sparrow K. R. Evidence for competition between honeybees and bumblebees; effects on bumblebee worker size J Insect Conserv. 2009; 13: 177–181 http://www.springerlink.com/content/p70w67jp489x9680/ (abstract accessed 28 April 2009)
5. Buglife, the Insect Conservation Trust, is a charity dedicated to invertebrate conservation – see http://www.buglife.org.uk/
6. MacKenzie D. Honeybees under attack on all fronts New Scientist 2009; 2695: 10 http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20126954.600-honeybees-under-attack-on-all-fronts.html (accessed 28 April 2009)

14 April 2009 @ 11:28 am

A Fantastic Fun Filled Festival and Carnival Procession!!

Saturday 16th May in Birmingham City Centre

On Saturday 16 May 2009, Victoria Square in Birmingham City Centre will be transformed by Veggie Pride UK - a fantastic celebration of vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. It`s an opportunity for everyone following compassionate, eco-friendly, healthy lifestyles to come together for a fun, carnival style event whilst also raising awareneness of the many benefits - for human health, animals, environment etc.

Veggie Pride UK will include info & product stalls, live music & entertainers, a vibrant & colourful carnival procession, best costume/banner contest and lots, lots more...!!

This will be a totally unique event, the first ever Veggie Pride in the UK. Never before has an outdoor veggie/vegan festival been staged in such a prominent position, where many thousands of people will flow past during the day. And never before has a carnival procession been solely devoted to the celebration and promotion of compassionate, healthy and eco-friendly lifestyles! Make sure you`re part of this amazing event!

Stalls 10am - 6pm
Dozens of stalls will offer all kinds of cruelty-free products, information and of course lots and lots of delicious vegan food. Caterers confirmed so far are Veggies http://www.veggies.org.uk and Green Garden Cafe http://www..greengardencafe.co.uk

Entertainment 11am - 6pm
The festival will include live stage entertainment, with bands, singers and guest speakers between 11am - 6pm. A list of all the entertainment and a programme will be displayed on our website as soon as possible. As well as on the main stage, there will be entertainers and talented people all round the square, creating a vibrant, carnival atmosphere. There will be clowns, jugglers, dancers, poets, musicians, story tellers, a samba band and lots more...!! Please get in touch if you`d like to offer some form of entertainment.

Carnival Procession 1pm
This will be a vibrant and colourful parade through the city streets, featuring a samba band and kids block! We hope to attract the attention of 1,000`s of shoppers by wearing lots of colourful costumes and waving banners, flags, streamers etc. We want you to think about what costume you could wear - maybe dress up as a vegetable, animal or super hero! Or you could dress in your work uniform - eg. a chef or nurse, possibly whilst carrying an appropriate placard! Or maybe you could wear your leisure/sports clothes - eg. Vegan Runners top or football outfit, complete with football!! You could get ideas by viewing the photos from last years Veggie Pride Parade in New York, see http://www.veggieprideparade.org You don`t have to hire or buy a costume. Perhaps you could make a simple outfit or pick one up off your local Freecycle group www.freecycle.org

If you don`t fancy wearing a costume, make yourself a colourful banner or placard with a thought provoking message. Remember, this is a celebration not a protest, so no gory images please! We want to attract lots of attention and leave people in no doubt of all the benefits of veggie/vegan lifestyles!

The kids block will be a section of the parade where children can march together, with their own costumes, banners etc. If your children/family would like to join the kids block, you can contact Lesley Dove to pledge your support and discuss plans - email lesley@vegan4life.org.uk

Best Costume/Banner Contest! 2.30pm
After the procession, we will be awarding prizes for the best costumes and banners. This is an incentive for you to put lots of effort into your costumes, banners and props. Please use your imagination and be creative...you may well win a prize!!

Fundraising Gig in the Evening
When Veggie Pride comes to an end, we hope you`ll join us at our benefit gig at a pub in the city centre. More details will be announced shortly.

Transport is already being organised from London, Bristol, Manchester and Yorkshire - contact details will be displayed on our website shortly. If you can arrange coach or minibus transport (or even just car sharing) from your area, please contact us as soon as possible and we`ll display the details..

How You Can Help!
There are various ways you can help to publicise the event:

Display a web banner/link on your website etc - See http://www.veganmidlands.org.uk/veggiepride/banners.html

Order or download our leaflets - see http://www.veganmidlands.org.uk/veggiepride/help.html#leaflets

Become our friend and pledge to attend on Myspace, Facebook and PledgeBank! - See http://www.myspace.com/veggieprideuk , http://www.facebook.com/event..php?eid=53925241834 and http://www.pledgebank.com/VeggiePrideUK

The costs involved with organising Veggie Pride UK are very high. Costs include printing (and other publicity), hire of various essentials (stage, sound equipment, gazebos etc), electricity, insurance and possibly even road closures! We will cut down on costs wherever possible but it`s clear that we need lots of financial support!

Whether you`re an individual or a group, please consider sending a donation.. Any amount that you can give will be very much appreciated and will help to ensure the success of Veggie Pride UK. Please make cheques payable to `Midlands Vegan Campaigns` and post to Veggie Pride UK, PO Box 10202, Redditch, Worcs. B98 8YT.

We are extremely grateful to the following organisations & companies for sponsoring Veggie Pride UK. Without their support, this event would not be taking place. If your ethical company/organisation would like to sponsor the event, please contact us as soon as possible.

The Vegan Society www.vegansociety.com
Animal Aid www.animalaid.org.uk
Yaoh www.yaoh.co.uk
Sheese www.buteisland.com

Event Website
Many more details can be found on our new Veggie Pride website, which will be constantly updated as more and more details and attractions are confirmed. Take a look here http://www.veggiepride.org.uk

We look forward to seeing you on the day!

Best wishes,