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The Viva! Vegan Podcast and News Minisode

Welcome to the Viva! Vegan Podcast.

Welcome to the Viva! Vegan Podcast. Our monthly podcast and minisode are about all things vegan! We feature fascinating interviews with vegan celebrities and thought leaders, give you all the latest news from Viva! and chat about anything making vegan headlines.

The show is hosted by Viva!'s Faye Lewis and Lex Rigby.

Sep 1, 2018

More exclusive vegan-world news from Kris and our team as we report back on our national ice cream tour, our success in getting kangaroo meat off the shelves at a national chain, and our 2nd Day of Action protests against Tesco sparked by the horrific conditions of Hogwood 'horror' farm which supplies the supermarket.

In this episode:

  • Viva Festivals are coming soon to Birmingham and Brighton
  • Interviews from our big Vegan Camp Out featuring Dr Neal Barnard and US speaker and psychologist Melanie Joy PhD
  • our 2nd wave of "Day of Action" protests against Tesco's continued refusal to stop taking supplies from Hogwood 'horror' farm
  • a success as Pets At Home finally stops stocking dog food that contains kangaroo meat
  • what the Summer-loving public thought of the treats on offer from our awesomely tasty 7 Day vegan Ice Cream Van tour
  • music from Macka B.

Melanie Joy, PhD, is a Harvard-educated psychologist, celebrated speaker, organizational consultant, trainer, and relationship coach. She is the author of the award-winning book "Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism", as well as "Strategic Action for Animals" and "Beyond Beliefs: A Guide to Improving Relationships and Communication for Vegans, Vegetarians, and Meat Eaters".

Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and founder of Barnard Medical Center.As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research. He hosts four PBS television programs on nutrition and health and is frequently called on by news programs to discuss issues related to nutrition and research.

This August saw the annual Official Animal Rights March founded by UK animal rights organisation Surge. The Official Animal Rights March is an annual march founded by UK animal rights organisation Surge. The march began in London in 2016 with 2,500 vegans and in 2017 the march doubled to 5,000 vegans marching in London for animal liberation.

Our Viva!licious ice cream van tour was extremely successful! The positive atmosphere and incentive of free ice cream enabled us to speak to members of the public who would not normally be as receptive to conversations about veganism. The tour launched in Cardiff on 31 July and continued to Blackpool, Leeds, Southend-On-Sea, Margate, Brighton and finally London. In every city we had an overwhelmingly positive and high response. Throughout each three hour event we had queues of 15 – 20 metres of people waiting to try vegan ice cream.

Because the kangaroo meat industry is one of the most brutal and violent in the world, consumers are unwittingly buying into the largest slaughter of land-based wildlife in history. That's why Viva! is pleased to have scored another victory in our long-standing kangaroo campaign as companion animal supplies retailer Pets at Home has discontinued the sale of dog treats that contain kangaroo meat. Viva! contacted Pets at Home after an animal advocate reported seeing kangaroo meat dog treats on sale. Pets at Home CEO Peter Pritchard responded positively, confirming that as the treats do not meet their ethical standards, they would discontinue sales.

The music in this episode is by Macka-B,  one of the UK's leading dancehall reggae toasters and patron of the Vegan Society.

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