The Vegan and Vegetarian Society talk Cowspiracy, tasty non-chicken and dairy-free social fun
Being a relatively new society, founded a few years ago, we are here with the aim to inform and enlighten students about the world of meat free – and potentially dairy free – products. We do this by bringing people together and organising various events with the purpose of socialising with new people, taste good veg*n (vegan and vegetarian) food, and, most importantly, raising awareness about the heart-breaking treatment of animals in the meat and dairy industries.
We dedicate time organising fun events for anyone who is part of our society, or anyone wanting to join us. We organise pot-lucks: a social where everyone brings a piece of food – vegan, please (*happy face*) – and shares it around! Sometimes we screen documentaries and movies, ranging from Cowspiracy to Spirited Away, This is a great opportunity to interact with Vegsoc and committee members, and simply have fun. As mentioned earlier, events with other societies are organised. This semester we are hoping to join up with more societies, including Baking society and QMSALAW (Queen Mary Student Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare), to host events with them. We will also organise trips to veg*n restaurants. This includes going to the ‘Temple of Hackney’, a vegan fried ‘chicken’ (we still can’t believe it’s not Chicken) shop. We look forward to seeing you at these events – member or not.
We believe that advocating for ethical treatment of animals is of great importance – on and off campus. An inquisitive individual may ask: why? Animals are kept in heinous conditions on factory farms – so heinous that it would break your heart. Don’t worry, we aren’t forcing you to go vegan or vegetarian. We just want to raise awareness about this on campus by inviting animal welfare organisations. Last December, we had the privilege of having ‘Animal Equality’ come to the Mile End campus and provide an immersive experience of factory farm life (which by the way is unsustainable to the environment) – the iAnimal experience. The iAnimal experience used virtual reality to better understand the life of an animal in a factory farm, allowing users to see first hand the life of livestock in an Industrial farm. This semester, ‘Animal Equality’ will again come to campus. So, come and visit us!
Being vegetarian and vegan may be tough at times, but believe me, it will go a long way in reducing the suffering of animals and being more sustainable. We all want that, don’t we? For anyone wishing to go vegetarian, or potentially vegan, you don’t have to give up your favourite food (personally, I like cherry and almond brownies). There’s an animal free alternative for most of it. If you want any advice, you can always approach us for help. For further information, please visit our Facebook page, ‘BLQM Vegan and Vegetarian Society’. We look forward to seeing you in the future!
“The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but “Can they suffer?” ― Jeremy Bentham
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