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It’s Veggie Month!

veggie month

If you really care about animals, the best way you can help is to stop eating them!

Each year in the UK alone approximately 1,000 million animals are farmed and killed for food – and that figure doesn’t include fish.

The average meat-eater consumes around 11,000 animals in their lifetime (including fish and shellfish). Think of all the lives YOU will save simply by turning vegetarian or vegan!

As well as being more humane, an animal-free diet is healthy, environmentally friendly and a better way to use the world’s precious resources.

There are many reasons to go veggie including animal welfare, health, environmental protection and cost. If you are concerned about one or more of these issues, why not take the opportunity to try some more meat-free meals during March or take the veggie challenge?

Visit the Veggie Month Website for


All this and more at http://www.veggiemonth.com/

See also Animal Aid press release Should we be eating dogs in Britain?

Vegan Outreach Diary

A selection of events taking place during Veggie Month may be found on Veggies Vegan Outreach Diary.

Veggies Directory

veggies directory logoMany Animal Aid groups and veggie campaigners all across the UK may be contacted via Veggies Directory.

Veggies interview on Talk Radio Europe

The Hannah Murray Show is Talk Radio Europe’s daily magazine show that goes out live between 2 and 5pm CET (1pm GMT).

Listen on demand or download mp3 at Talk Radio Europe. Interview begins 39mins 40secs in.

Is milk good for you? Read how former cattle rancher Howard Lyman crisscrosses the country praising a meatless diet …here…


Much more info about the benefits of a veggie diet for animals, health and the environment may be found from Animal Aid’s Veggie & Vegan webpages.

veggies directory logo Contact Animal Aid via Veggies Directory

and the Vegetarian Society and the Vegan Society.


Urgent Appeal – our laptop is dying

Can you help us continue our essential networking work?

laptop

After years of use and abuse maintaining our ‘vast and extensive’ internet networking, our laptop has finally reached the end of the road.

The loss of a series of keypad keys was managable, but now the hinges have collapsed, the battery only lasts 3 minutes and the memory, like mine, is fading away.

Can you help with a donation toward an essential replacement?









A suitable Samsung Netbook costs £230, but a recent Ethical Consumer report gives Samsung the second lowest ethical rating (after Toshiba), whilst a relatively highly ethical ASUS model would cost £340. Four donations of £25 would help us make the better ethical choice.

‘New’ Netbook up and running

Thanks to the response to this appeal we have found an appropriate Advent netbook to downsize and replace the previous Dell laptop.

As ever we did our best to be guided by the research of the Ethical Consumer Research Association (EC). By lucky chance their current Ethical Consumer Magazine had a major report on computers. It suggested various brands, such as ASUS with an ‘ethical score’ of 9.5.

This being a score of 9.5 out of 20 indicates that there are no truely ethical brands, so EC also recommend 2nd hand as the ‘best buy’. We were therefore well pleased to find an Advent netbook which was not only 2nd hand, but matched the 9.5 ethical rating. Further to that it was found by a vegan campaigner who does a bit of ebay trading purely as a means to keep the bailiffs from the door, whilst supporting all kinds of local community-based campaigns, including running our diy Community Print Resource, and Veggies Volunteering!

And it only cost £140 rather than £300 so, with the donations received so far, we only need to raise another £95 to pay for it!

The netbook was configured less than hour before catching a megabus train to London for a 3-day networking mission that took in visits to:

  • GreensCool, who are assisting us with our campaigns networking exhibition
  • Kingston Environment Centre, a campaign resource centre with similar aims to our Sumac Centre
  • Kingston Green Radio, an internet streamed green radio station in Kingston
  • Green Futures Festivals, who co-ordinate the area at which we run our campaign catering at Glastonbury
  • 56a Infoshop, a radical resource for local people, campaign groups and projects in South London, hosting an exhibition for…
  • Calais Migrant Solidarity, giving practical support for migrant communities, one of the many groups in our Networking Directory
  • Ratstar, a squatted resource centre and hub for many campaign initiatives
  • PixelPunch, the vegan web designer (and Veggies Volunteer) that redesigned our website and built our new Networking Directory

Oh yes, and whilst this was happening I did a 20 minute live interview with Talk Radio Europe from Spain, for Animal Aid’s Vegetarian Month The research in preparation for this was gathered at http://www.veggies.org.uk/2011/03/veggie-month/. This would not have been possible without the ‘new’ netbook.

So thank you for your support, helping us make great things happen!


For over 25 years Veggies has taken a wide range of campaign messages to over 100 events each year, but we can only do it with your support – Find more fundraising ideas at http://www.veggies.org.uk/about/donate.

Please donate to support our campaigns for humans, other animals and the environment.

The Return of the Cake Scoffer

Ronny’s new Cheap ‘n’ Easy Vegan Cooking book has arrived!

Cake Scoffer coverTen years on from Ronny’s original Cake Scoffer, this new title has another 25 amazing and yummy recipes in the same inimitable style.

The original has been the mainstay of many people’s kitchen bookshelf and this new one promises to be just as popular.

You can order one or one hundred copies direct from Veggies, (who have funded the publication of the book)!

Send £1.50 per copy + postage:

1 or 2 copies: £1.50 each + 36p;

3-5 copies: £1.50 each + 92p;

7-9 copies: £1.50 each + £1.23

(Postage as at April 2011)

Availabe in bulk for group fundraising

  • 10 – 49 copies = 90p each (60% of cover price).
  • 50 or more = 75p (50% cover price) + delivery.
  • Contact us to check availability and delivery cost.

We will be at the Rally for Farmed Animal in London on Saturday 2nd October and can supply bulk orders free of delivery cost, with advance notice.

Or arrange collection at one of our many other events – see the diary of Veggies Events

Breakfast Scoffer, and more…

Also available, (sorry no bulk discount):

  • Breakfast ScofferThe Breakfast Scoffer – £1.50

    Breakfast need never again be dull for vegans. There’s everything in here from Banana Maple Pancakes and Scrambled Tofu, to smoothies, and Chocolate Fudge Cake (for breakfast?). Just try it!

    Wholesale from Active Distribution.
    50+copies & comments: scoffer@chef.net.
  • The Cake Scoffer – £1.25

    One of Britain’s most experienced vegan caterers and cake engineers. If you enjoy eating vegan cakes, but are never quite sure how to make them, you’ll love this 20 page laminated and illustrated booklet packed with exciting egg and dairy free cake, dessert and sweet recipes. Includes ultimate cheesecake, three types of chocolate cake, lemon explosion cake, DIY sweets, two types of gingerbread, microwave sponge pudding and more.

    Wholesale from Active Distribution.
    Group bulk enquiries: mary@animalaid.co.uk.
  • salad scofferThe Salad Scoffer: Picnic And Party Food Recipes – £1.25

    Ronny explains how to prepare awesome mouth-watering kitchen creations, such as: Nottage Cheese, Geek Salad, Eggless Mushroom & Aubergine Quiche, Guacamole, Carrot & Celeriac Salad, Pasta Salad, Mock Duck Salad, and much more. The essential antidote to packaged foods for vegans, trainee vegans, relatives of vegans, kitchen scientists, students, frustrated bingers and snack addicts, people with allergies, and curious cooks wanting to know how vegans “do it” without eggs and cow extracts. If you don’t fit into one of the above categories, then just buy this book anyway for the novelty value and cute pictures.

    Wholesale from Active Distribution.
    Group bulk enquiries: mary@animalaid.co.uk.
  • Special offer: All 4 titles £6.00 inc p&p!


To order:

Send cheque to ‘Veggies’, 245 Gladstone Street, Nottingham NG7 6HX

Or order with Paypal or plastic at this /books-and-publications/ page.



Scoffer animals


Visit Scoffer Towers
– Home to the Cheap ‘n’ Easy Vegan Cooking series of books

Here’s a sample recipe from the Scoffer Kitchen:

French Apple Pie

  • 1 part margarine (I use Vitalite)
  • 2 parts flour (I use white flour, but half and half white and brown would work.
  • 1.5 cups flour (approx 12 floz)
  • 0.75 cups marg (approx 6 floz)
  • 6 small-medium apples
  • Soft brown demerera sugar
  • cinnamon
  • salt

Method:

  • Slice the apples as thinly (discarding cores) as you reasonably can with a knife (don’t bother peeling or showing off with a razor blade or owt) and place in a colander, layer by layer.
  • As you put each layer of apples in, sprinkle the sugar over until it coats the rings of apples evenly. Leave to sit while you make the pastry.
  • Rub the fat into the flour and a pinch of salt with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs. You’ll know you’re rubbing rightly if your palms remain clean (all those incidents with a plastic ruler on the back of my knees in Domestic Science lessons taught me summat).
  • Add cold water, little by little, to the mix and clump together with your hands or with a spoon until you have a ball o’dough. Don’t over-mix.
  • Either roll out or flatten with your palms onto a greased baking tray. Then arrange the apple slices on top about two layers thick. Press down against the dough firmly as you lay them.
  • Dredge the top with cinnamon, sprinkle with a little more sugar if you have a sweet tooth and then bake in a medium cool (gas mark 4-5 / 180C) oven for 30 mins.
  • Allow to cool before eating or it’ll take the roof of yer mouth off. Best served the following day.


Scoffer Publications are also available from:

Find these and more ‘Print and Publication’ contacts on Veggies Directory.


Greek Crumpets


Stop Agrofuels!

Biofuels BlowWe were pleased to support the National Rally Against Agrofuels at Portland, Dorset on Saturday 25th September, 2010, organised by No Oil Palm Energy (NOPE) and supported by Campaign Against Climate Change, Biofuelwatch and Food Not Fuel .

Coachloads from London and Bristol and individuals from as far as Leeds, Aberdeen and Newport (and Emilia and Pat from Veggies from Nottingham) joined hundreds of local campaigners to march from Chesil Beach Car Park, along the seafront to the narrow street that leads to the entrance to Portland Dock, the site of the proposed plant.

The rally was called to “stop the proposed new palm-oil burning power station at Portland, to make a stand to stop a wave of agrofuel burning power stations that is sweeping the country and to demand an end to subsidies for agrofuel”.

NOPE LogoInfo from No Oil Palm Energy (NOPE) entry on Veggies Networking Directory:

N.O.P.E. is campaigning to stop a biofuel power station being built in Portland, Dorset.

# The plans are to burn 30,000 tonnes of palm oil in diesel engines to produce electricity.

# The palm oil they aim to use will be shipped from Indonesia, where forests are being chopped down to make way for palm plantations. The people who live in the forests are being forced from their land and animals like Orangutans, who live in the forest, are being displaced or killed.

# There are currently problems with all biofuel schemes, with fuel sources competing with food and land used by some of the world’s poorest people, so we are asking that only truly green, clean and sustainable energy projects, like wind farms and tidal, are given government green energy subsidies.

Portland Biofuel Showdown

In their article Protesters hope for Portland biofuel showdown on 24th September, the Dorset Echo quoted Nope member Andrew Butler who said: “We’ve already had tremendous local support for the campaign over the past six months and we are delighted that national groups are coming to support us.

“The issue of biofuels is one that should concern everyone because if the plans on Portland go ahead it will open the floodgates for these facilities which would be disastrous for the communities affected at home and abroad.”

He added: “We are determined not to let this happen – we will draw a line in the sand at Portland, we will stop them here and they will go no further.”

Robert Palgrave from Biofuelwatch said burning biofuels was a ‘cheap and dirty’ way for the UK to achieve renewable energy targets.

And Phil Thornhill from the Campaign Against Climate Change said: “It is tempting simply to redirect our huge demand for energy from fossil fuels to biofuels – but biofuels cannot be produced at quantity without vast areas of land. And it is pressure on land that is having devastating human and environmental consequences.”

“A Line in the Sand”

A line in the sandPortland has become a major battleground in the fight against agrofuel (industrial biofuel) power stations in the UK, a judicial review of the planning consent having been refused by the High Court of Justice.

Children and adults attending the rally heaped buckets-full of sand at the gates to Portland Port. ‘A line was drawn in the sand’, sending a message to W4B, the company behind the project, that campaigners would allow their scheme to go no further.

“There is a wave of proposed new agrofuel power stations sweeping the country. The logic of the Portland protest was that if we can stand up to them here, we can stop this wave in its tracks. The headlong expansion of agrofuel (biofuels produced through intensive agriculture ) use threatens to destroy the world’s remaining primary forsts, exacerbate the global food crisis and cause a massive increase in climate-destabilising emissions. We need to make the battle to stop the Portland plant the battle that wins the war against the disastrous expansion of the agfrofuel industry.” See Campaign Against Climate Change demo report

Rather than being a source for ‘sustainable energy’, palm oil contributes to deforestation of natural forests, responsible for as much as 20% global emissions. A workshop on the subject of agrofuels held at the Animal Rights Gathering described the way in which urangutans were seized by hacking off the hands of the young clinging to their parents. Forests are then razed, burning alive all plants and animals from beetles to rare Sumatran tigers. As their habitat diminishes, many of the endangered animals roam into villages or plantations in search of food, setting off conflicts with humans.

This expansion into agrofuels would most likely not be going ahead if subsidies from the government were unavailable. As this method of energy production is classed as renewable, subsidies are available. By employing this system the government is effectively subsidising the destruction of the rainforest in South East Asia and elsewhere, putting natural habitats at risk if not destroying them.

“Deforestation of tropical forests to grow palm oil and other biofuel crops results in vast quantities of CO2 being released into the atmosphere, and leaves behind biological deserts where 90% of wildlife has been lost. Global corporations make huge profits while indigineous peoples are illegally forced off the land.” From “Palm Oil Rush” on london.indymedia.

In it’s report on the rally, “Hundreds protest over Portland biofuel power station“, the BBC report that “W4B has since pledged it will not be using palm oil but has not divulged what fuel will be used instead”.

Demotix PixSee more pictures at Facebook album: National Demonstration Against Agrofuels by N.O.P.E

and

Portland protests palm oil power plant photo report by alexmilantracy.

Agrofuels are Industrial Scale Biofuels. They cause:

* Up to 75% of rising food prices worldwide
* Land displacement and human rights abuses
* Climate Change and Rainforest Destruction

Some facts from Food not Fuel.

* Deforestation in Brazil more than tripled since a year ago, largely driven by rising food prices, reversing past improvements (The Guardian, 30/9/08).
* 75% of rising food prices is due to the expansion of agrofuels (World Bank)
* Deforestation and other changes in land use cause at least 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions (Stern Revue, 2005).

Networking on Veggies Directory:


Climate Camp: Police concede human right breaches

Mass ‘human rights breaches’ admitted and regretted by UK police at end of historic case brought by campaigners

McLibel defendant Dave Morris reports, 11.6.2010:

Kingsnorth Climate Camp

Kingsnorth Climate Camp

The largest and most expensive policing operation ever used against a single UK protest (costing £5.3m – including substantial funding from the Home Office) involved 26 police forces for 2 weeks. For 7 days in August 2008 those forces, led by Kent Police, carried out a continuous, systematic and unlawful mass stop and search regime against the public. The aim was to try to intimidate, disrupt and isolate those attending the climate camp (including McLibel defendants Helen Steel and Dave Morris) near Kingsnorth coal fired power station. Despite police harassment and violence, 1,500-2,000 determined activists managed to organise a highly successful week of public events. They also monitored and challenged the police operation. The week-long camp involved extensive discussions and workshops, collective sustainable living, fun for all ages, protests and direct action against government plans to expand coal-fired energy production at the site. Campaigners were calling for non-polluting energy sources to replace coal in the light of fossil fuel’s disastrous contribution to greenhouse gases and climate change. Mainly as a result of the protests, the power station’s expansion plans have since been suspended.

On 29th January 2010 in the High Court in London, 3 claimants chosen as test cases won their case against the police operation when Kent Police admitted ‘total surrender’. The three claimants, Dave Morris and 2 children (who can’t be named as they are minors), were represented by Bindmans Solicitors. The police accepted an Order that the searches of the claimants had been ‘unlawful’, and constituted a violation of their human rights to privacy (breach of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights), to freedom of expression (breach of Article 10) and freedom of association (breach of Article 11). Over 3,500 Kingsnorth searches, carried out under ‘PACE 1’ laws in a similar way at that time, would also have been unlawful. Many of those searched under such laws are now sueing the police and submiting claims for damages.

On June 7th 2010, the case was finally concluded with a historic public admission by the Kent police, which they must circulate to all other UK police forces, regretting mass human rights breaches.

Now read on! ……

Kent police ‘learns the lesson’ of £5.3 million policing operation that resulted in mass human rights breaches

Bindmans press release: 9 June 2010

Climate Camp protestors have received an unqualified apology from Kent police for subjecting them to unlawful searches, together with a commitment to disseminate the lessons learned to every police force in the UK and a modest amount of compensation.

The settlement brings to an end test case litigation brought by veteran activist Dave Morris and 11 year old twins who were attending the Climate Camp at Kingsnorth in July 2008 as their first political event.

Some three thousand five hundred stop and searches were carried out at Kingsnorth pursuant to the unlawful policy. It was set out in a secret, ‘Police eyes only’ briefing document known as ‘Slide 18’, the existence of which was only revealed immediately before the final court hearing. Kent Police had previously argued that searching officers had the necessary individual suspicion to justify every search.

In January the Divisional Court held that there had been human rights breaches in each of the test cases but referred the question of what redress needed to be made to the County Court if it could not be agreed. A settlement has now been reached under which the new Chief Constable of Kent will write to every other force stating: “During the Operation… a briefing was issued which did not give reasonable grounds to stop and search the Claimants under section 1 PACE. The material part … headed Slide 18, is also attached to this letter. As the October 2008 review undertaken by the National Police Improvement Agency found, this was interpreted as an instruction to search everyone. This interpretation by Officers within these circumstances has led Kent Police to face what it is we face today. Many people were searched as a result of these briefings. That should not have happened.

I accept that the combination of the act of stopping and searching these individuals breached their rights under Articles 8, 10 and 11 ECHR and lessons must be learned.”

The solicitor acting for Mr. Morris and the twins John Halford from Bindmans LLP commented:

“Kent Police has been forced to make a remarkable admission, thanks to this test case. It is that the outcome of one of the most expensive policing operations ever in the UK was the violation of the human rights to protest on a massive scale. That such an admission has now been made in a letter to be sent to every other force, coupled with Kent’s avowed commitment to learn lessons from what happened, is welcomed. That human rights breaches occurred on this scale, were not identified by the two internal police investigations into the operation, and ultimately had to be exposed by the activist and two tenacious children and who brought this case says something very worrying about policing of peaceful protest about vital issues like climate change.”

Dave Morris commented:

“The key issue in this case is the threat of catastrophic climate change hanging over us and future generations. Everyone therefore has a duty to take immediate and effective action, including collective direct action, to transform polluting industries into sustainable ones. This issue is far too important and urgent to let ourselves be intimidated or deterred by police violence, corporate greed or government propaganda. We are all climate activists now! Together, in every community and workplace, we must work together to ensure the fastest possible transition to a sustainable low-carbon society. We call for climate action everywhere.”

The case was supported throughout by the Legal Services Commission but Kent Police will bear the cost of the litigation.

Please click http://www.bindmans.com/index.php?id=750 to view Slide 18; the full text of the agreed settlement order, apology and letter to other forces; and some related press coverage

United Nations urges global move to a plant-based diet

In time for World Environment Day on Saturday 5th June, a major new United Nations report has been released that concludes the only way to save the world from hunger and the worst impacts of climate change is to move away from animal products.

The report, which will be presented to world governments, was produced by the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) International Panel of Sustainable Resource Management. Achim Steiner, the UNEP Executive Director, has declared that ordinary consumers can help fight climate change by eating less meat. The Panel reviewed all of the available science and concluded that two broad areas are currently having a disproportionately high impact on people and the planet’s life support systems. These are energy, in the form of fossil fuels, and agriculture, especially the raising of farmed animals for meat and dairy products.

Farmed animals compete with people for precious resources such as food and water. At least half of the world’s harvest is fed to farmed animals and the most efficient form of animal agriculture uses far more water per kilogram of food produced than the most water-intensive plant crop.

By reducing your consumption of animal products and working towards a plant-based diet, you will not only be helping to protect the planet, but also saving the lives of thousands of farmed animals. And it’s easy too. But for those who fear it may be too challenging, Achim Steiner points out that it may prove even more challenging for everyone if we continue along the current path into the coming decades.

Based on news from Animal Aid: http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/NEWS/news_veggie//2319//

Ethical Standards at Glastonbury

We have recently submitted our ethical policy review to the Glastonbury Green Trading Standards team. We have been shortlisted in the Green Trading Standards scheme at previous Glastonburys and are 3-times winners of the ‘Best Vegan Caterer’ Awards.

Many consider Veggies to be one of the most ethical caterers on the circuit, with policies developed from 25 years experience in organic / fair trade / pure vegetarian catering.

Veggies is volunteer-led, a community-based, social enterprise. We have been promoting vegan catering and supporting campaigns for animal rights, environmental protection and social justice since 1984.

We have a policy of minimal packaging and promote the use of recycled goods. We investigate everything that we use to avoid animal products, those tested on animals and those from the result of human oppression, seeking guidance from the Ethical Consumer Magazine.

For over 25 years we have never stocked other than fair trade teas and coffees, which are also organic where available.

Veggies is a workers’ co-operative, though workers take minimum wages, preferring to live simply so that others might simply live. We receive welcome support from a team of dedicated volunteers.

As vegan campaigners at an event based on a dairy farm our outreach work is vital, but the chances of our ethical standards being accepted by the awards scheme may be slim.

What do you think?

See our submission at http://www.veggies.org.uk/wp/about/ethical-green/green-trading-standards/

Vegan Free Food Give-Away

Vegan Free Food Give-AwayVeggies Catering Campaign and Nottingham Animal Rights hold regular free vegan food give-aways in Nottingham City Centre. See reports on Indymedia.

The next one will be held in May during National Vegetarian Week on a day to be confirmed.

Read more about Vegan Free Food Give-Aways at

http://www.veggies.org.uk/event.php?ref=1400

If you are able to prepare some vegan cakes or savoury food at the Sumac Social Centre, or join on the day – please get in touch via nottsfreefood@gmail.com

Brinsley Animal Rescue

Raising funds for animal rescue work and the building of an animal hospital.

Brinsley Logo

Brinsley Animal Rescue is a not for profit organisation dedicated to caring for animals. Our primary mission is to relieve the suffering of animals and birds. Many of the animals that come to us are simply ’surplus to requirements’ from the meat, dairy and egg industry. Because such animals are deemed unprofitable then it is our aim to take them on and find them loving homes in which they can enjoy the retirement they deserve.Tours of the sanctuary to meet the animals, stalls, talks, games, food by veggies. Find out about regular work days with Nottingham Animal Rights.

See also Brinsley Animal Rescue Open Day
Sunday 15th August 2010
10:00 to 16:00
Details from http://www.veggies.org.uk/event.php?ref=1743

Brinsley Animal Rescue is in Veggies Directory at http://www.veggies.org.uk/directory/detail-199-.htm

National Rally for Animals in Laboratories

To mark World Day for Laboratory Animals, campaigners from all over the UK and beyond gathered in London to call for an end to animal experiments. This is the official date of 24 April, a UN recognised day to remember animals who suffer and die in laboratories all over the world.

World Day LogoSome 2000 campaigners met at Cavendish Square, to march through the centre of London, taking the anti-vivisection message to large numbers of shoppers, tourists and residents, followed by a rally to protest against the government’s pro-vivisection policies.

There was food from 4 vegan campaign catering groups: Fairfoods (Devon), Green Garden Cafe (Coventry), Something Fishy (Manchester) and Veggies Catering Campaign (Nottingham).

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