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'Ask a Vegan' in Cambridge
Posted 18 November 2009
On Friday November 20th, national campaign group Animal Aid will be bringing its ‘Ask a Vegan’ stand to The Grafton Centre in Cambridge. Realising that many people are not familiar with the term ‘vegan’, or the reasons for adopting such a diet, the group will be providing local residents with the opportunity to have all their questions about veganism answered.
Throughout November – Animal Aid’s Vegan Month – the ‘Ask a Vegan’ stand and Wendy the Windy Cow (a giant dairy cow costume) will be visiting towns and cities across the country, and encouraging people to adopt a diet that is kinder to their health, the animals and the environment. Local activists from Cambridge will be joining Wendy in handing out leaflets to passers-by. In addition, a colourful, free guide packed full of shopping tips, nutritional information, recipes and much more, will be available for people to take away.
Around 1,000 million animals are slaughtered in the UK every year. Most will have been raised in factory conditions. It is often assumed that the egg and milk industries use animals but don’t kill them. This is not the case. For every female chick hatched who is destined for egg-production, a male chick is also produced. They are useless to the egg industry and so, every year, 30 million of them are gassed or tossed alive into giant industrial shredders. And when the productivity of egg-laying hens declines, they too are slaughtered. Similarly, male calves are likely to be shot or slaughtered soon after birth. Around 100,000 meet this fate every year. Others are sent to continental veal farms. Dairy cows are usually ‘worn out’ after just three or four lactations and - often emaciated and infertile - are slaughtered.
Meat and dairy-based diets consume disproportionately large amounts of land, energy and water, compared with a plant-based diet. A major 2006 United Nations report (Livestock’s Long Shadow) found that animal farming is responsible for 18 per cent of all global greenhouse gas emissions - more than that produced by road and air travel combined.
Says Vegan Month Co-ordinator, Kelly Slade:
Vegan foods - including non-dairy milk, cream, yoghurt, custard, cream cheese, ice cream and much more - can now be found easily in high street shops and supermarkets. Vegan Month is, therefore, the perfect opportunity to try new foods. By going vegan, in one simple step an individual can help to end animal suffering, reduce their carbon footprint and boost their health. What other diet has such overwhelmingly positive benefits? Aspiring vegans will find more information on Vegan Month website including competitions, videos and recipes.
The ‘Ask a Vegan’ stand will be in The Grafton Centre from 12:00pm