Event will reveal how Christmas can be cruelty-free for animals

Worcester News: TURKEY ALTERNATIVES: Group member Tony Harris, Santa at the Fair, with vegan Christmas rolls that taste like turkey but are animal-free, for members of the public to sample. TURKEY ALTERNATIVES: Group member Tony Harris, Santa at the Fair, with vegan Christmas rolls that taste like turkey but are animal-free, for members of the public to sample.

VEGANS and vegetarians in Worcester will be hosting a ‘cruelty-free Christmas fair’ to help people enjoy the season without harming animals.

The event, which will take place in the Angel Centre, Angel Place, between 11am and 4pm on Saturday, Dec-ember 21, is aimed at educating members of the public that they can follow a diet and lifestyle that reduces the suffering and slaughter of animals.

Ronald Lee, communications officer for Worcester-shire Vegans and Veggies, said the group’s members were constantly asked what they eat at Christmas.

“It's important for us to show people they can enjoy delicious Christmas meals that don't involve the suffering and slaughter of other animals,” he said.

“A ‘cruelty-free’ event at Christmas time is particularly important, because people may be wondering how they can enjoy Christmas without consuming turkey and the especially large amount of animal products that are eaten at this time of year.

“In addition, it's important to show people they can buy gifts, such as cosmetics, that have not been tested on animals.”

Around 20 million turkeys are killed in the UK each year, a third of that number being around Christmas time.

Mr Lee also noted that there was an increase in the consumption of other meat products, such as duck, chicken and pork during the festive season.

At the event there will be stalls selling vegan cookbooks, jewellery, hand-made soap, speciality chocolates and other craft items. There will also be fund-raising stalls by local animal sanctuaries and animal protection campaigns and a tombola, talks, workshops and vegan food.

“There will be no animal products or animal-tested items on sale at the fair which will enable shoppers to enjoy a compassionate Christmas without hurting animals,” said Mr Lee, a vegan for 41 years.

The group, which operates all year round, does not re-quire its members to have a certain diet and instead helps people with anything from cutting down on meat to maintaining a vegan lifestyle.

“It’s the suffering and slaughter caused to other animals by humans that we don’t approve of, especially as it’s easily possible for people to live very healthily on a vegan diet free from meat and other animal products,” Mr Lee said.

“Our group exists to help and encourage people to do their best in terms of adopting a more humane diet and lifestyle, so although we promote veganism as the preferable option, we also welcome vegetarians and anyone who wants to reduce their consumption of meat and other animal products.”

For more information, visit worcsveg.org.uk, e-mail info @worcsveg.org.uk or call 01562 700043.

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4:47pm Tue 17 Dec 13

grubberlog says...

Jeez! That is one scary Santa! do we really tell our children that its ok if a man dressed in red with a white beard comes into their room at night??
Jeez! That is one scary Santa! do we really tell our children that its ok if a man dressed in red with a white beard comes into their room at night?? grubberlog

1:17pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Jabbadad says...

I read that scientists have recorded what could be emotions / reactions in plants behavour when subjected to heat or compression such as pinching. So by all means join the grass munchers and save pain in meats or fish, but then inflict pain on other foods.
Why don't vegans just get on with their munching and allow others to eat what they want?
I read that scientists have recorded what could be emotions / reactions in plants behavour when subjected to heat or compression such as pinching. So by all means join the grass munchers and save pain in meats or fish, but then inflict pain on other foods. Why don't vegans just get on with their munching and allow others to eat what they want? Jabbadad

5:26pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Vegaia says...

Peace is more elusive than we think. Author C. David Coates wrote an eye opening poem which, like a mirror, exposes us to truths we may not wish to see. Here is a slightly modified version of that poem.

"Aren't humans amazing? They kill wildlife - birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.

Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and then plead for 'Peace on Earth.'"

The good news is that anyone can break this cycle of violence. I did and you can too. Each of us has the power to choose compassion. Please visit these websites to align your core values with life affirming choices: http://veganvideo.or
g & http://tryveg.com
Peace is more elusive than we think. Author C. David Coates wrote an eye opening poem which, like a mirror, exposes us to truths we may not wish to see. Here is a slightly modified version of that poem. "Aren't humans amazing? They kill wildlife - birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed. Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer. So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and then plead for 'Peace on Earth.'" The good news is that anyone can break this cycle of violence. I did and you can too. Each of us has the power to choose compassion. Please visit these websites to align your core values with life affirming choices: http://veganvideo.or g & http://tryveg.com Vegaia

8:10am Thu 19 Dec 13

tub_thumper says...

Good words Vegaia!
Good words Vegaia! tub_thumper

8:14am Thu 19 Dec 13

tub_thumper says...

Jabbadad wrote:
I read that scientists have recorded what could be emotions / reactions in plants behavour when subjected to heat or compression such as pinching. So by all means join the grass munchers and save pain in meats or fish, but then inflict pain on other foods.
Why don't vegans just get on with their munching and allow others to eat what they want?
Why are you being sarcastic about plants having feelings? Low wit as expected...

The story is about awareness. Only the true blinkered people out there will reply in such a way as you did. And besides, there are plenty of stories in the paper about fox hunting, game shooting etc... So why can't vegans have their say too?

I'm by no means a vegetarian or a vegan but the the poem quoted by Vegaia above makes perfect sence on how abnoxious the human race is.

I'm will to listen; others should too..
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: I read that scientists have recorded what could be emotions / reactions in plants behavour when subjected to heat or compression such as pinching. So by all means join the grass munchers and save pain in meats or fish, but then inflict pain on other foods. Why don't vegans just get on with their munching and allow others to eat what they want?[/p][/quote]Why are you being sarcastic about plants having feelings? Low wit as expected... The story is about awareness. Only the true blinkered people out there will reply in such a way as you did. And besides, there are plenty of stories in the paper about fox hunting, game shooting etc... So why can't vegans have their say too? I'm by no means a vegetarian or a vegan but the the poem quoted by Vegaia above makes perfect sence on how abnoxious the human race is. I'm will to listen; others should too.. tub_thumper

3:02pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Jabbadad says...

Not a vegan just an argumentive idiot.
Not a vegan just an argumentive idiot. Jabbadad

9:22pm Thu 19 Dec 13

tub_thumper says...

Jabbadad wrote:
Not a vegan just an argumentive idiot.
Me? Argumentative?

We don't really see eye to eye on many subjects - which is fine. We're all entitled to our opinions. And most of the time I don't even start an argument - I just follow with my opinion. That's kind of what you need to do on this site...

And yes; I admitted I'm no vegan - but people can change. If you have been smoking all your life and then you decide to quit; does
that make you an idiot? There is nothing contradictory about this.

But your low sarcasm suggests trolling which in turn is going to cause a reaction. And now your insults are making you look even more childish than ever...

I'm sorry that you had to result with name calling... Merry Christmas.
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: Not a vegan just an argumentive idiot.[/p][/quote]Me? Argumentative? We don't really see eye to eye on many subjects - which is fine. We're all entitled to our opinions. And most of the time I don't even start an argument - I just follow with my opinion. That's kind of what you need to do on this site... And yes; I admitted I'm no vegan - but people can change. If you have been smoking all your life and then you decide to quit; does that make you an idiot? There is nothing contradictory about this. But your low sarcasm suggests trolling which in turn is going to cause a reaction. And now your insults are making you look even more childish than ever... I'm sorry that you had to result with name calling... Merry Christmas. tub_thumper
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