VEGA News Item

Veggy Might - 16/04/2010

We are proud to announce that Professor Peter Singer is joining our team as a Patron.

Peter Singer is a world-famous Australian philosopher. He is a laureate professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne and the Ira W De Camp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, USA. He has known of our work since he “first became interested in vegetarianism, when I was writing Animal Liberation, 35 years ago…”

VEGA is an independent scientific registered charitable Trust. Peter Singer’s contribution to our work on the common good in farming, food, health, and land comes at an apt time when electorates in “broken Britain” tackle the integration of these subjects and all the corollaries in food safety and security and the environment and wildlife. The value of these deliberations and action for the common good surpasses the price paid for interventions from the bankers of Belize and overweening industrialists with scant experience of a caring and thrifty citizenship.

Like Peter Singer, Britain’s present DEFRA Minister of State is a vegetarian of long standing facing immediate cull-or-cure challenges raised by bovine TB and the success or failure of the whole badger population to break the cycle of contamination with dire effects for the already distressed dairy industry.

Vega is also tackling practicable means of helping the public to implement the “Stern” messages to cut down on meat and dairy in the interests of health and the environment.

Other Patrons are:

Isobel Davies, founder of Yorkshire fashion company Izzy Lane that creates clothes from the wool of rescued sheep. In 2008 she won an RSPCA Good Business Award. She aims “to give a voice to animals” and to offer support to Britain’s dwindling textile industry. Her sheep are mainly Wensleydales and Shetlands that would have been sent to slaughter “for being male, missing in pregnancy, being a little lame or too small or too old, or having imperfections such as black spot in white fleece.”

Dale Vince OBE, founder of Ecotricity, who has built one of Britain’s most successful small electricity companies, taking on industry leaders such as British Gas and Electricité de France to sell renewable energy from Ecotricity’s windfarms direct to the consumers, and ploughing the profits straight back into new turbines. He is currently exploring, with the Government, engineering projects to harness tidal power, such as the Severn Barrage, to generate electricity.

Dr Alan Long, VEGA’s Hon Research Adviser, has recently been elected an Honorary Member of the Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA) and is also a member of the RSPCA.


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