The RSPCA Veggie-states. Members’ Crucial Cruelty-free Vote

Food and beverages served at future RSPCA AGMs will be strictly vegetarian (i.e. vegan). A proposal to this effect was passed on 24 June 2005 at the AGM of the Society in London by 72 votes for, 12 against, and 7 abstentions.

This act and demonstration of the RSPCA’s increasing concern for farm animals.

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Not Our Sorta Investments in a Portfolio of Premier Diets and Food

Adding Oxo to its stock in the grocery cupboard completes Premier Foods biggest acquisition to date. Premier Foods already owns Branston Pickle, Lloyd Grossman’s sauces and Fray Bentos tinned meat pies. The latest deal costing £460 million funded by a £450 million rights issue, will effectively double Premier Foods’ issued capital base, and further acquisitions are not ruled out.

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Natural Habitats and Offshore Marine Regulations

VEGA responds to two consultations shortly available as closed consultations on DEFRA's webpage.

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Consultation on Organic Farming

VEGA responds to a DEFRA consultation on the future structure of the Organic Conversion Information Service (OCIS) in England.

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Nutritional Labelling Consultation

VEGA comments on an FSA Consultation on nutritional labelling, available from the FSA website.

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The Nutrition Society in a Stew

The Nutrition Society’s AGM and annual conference, sponsored by respectable academic and research organizations and the Food Standards Agency, but also by a commercial sector and other sponsors, among which were Cadbury Schweppes.

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VEGA Manifesto

A New Kinder Farming and Food
Applying the 3Rs – Reduction, Refinement, and Replacement in the Development of Standards Aiming at a Cruelty-Free and Wholesome Food Supply. Britain is Fumbling the Possibilities of Salutary Food from Salubrious Farming. Finland Scores; Britain Misses Goals; National Plan Needed.

Rejection of VEGA’s submission to contribute a talk in the program invited for a 3-day international conference at the Royal Society, London, beginning on Wednesday, 13th September 2006, with the title ‘The Quality of Life’, prompts us to rehearse the main intended content as follows. The event has been arranged by the Universities’ Federation for animal Welfare in conjunction with the British Veterinary Association’s Animal Welfare Foundation. As the topic is highly relevant to VEGA’s aims, we submitted an abstract, as requested, but our application was turned down. The title of the intended talk was ‘ What Price Animal Welfare in Policies for Farming’.

All has not been lost: the BVA’s AWF is inviting a few chosen representatives to participate in its own conference in London on Wednesday, 24th May, on Farm Animal Welfare and Surveillance, followed by an evening reception at the House of Commons. DEFRA representatives will participate in these events. VEGA has accepted the invitation too

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Tapping the Eurobarometer: Set Fair for Welfare?

Ticks in little boxes don’t make for sound policies for birds in cages, calves in crates, pigs in pens, and animals in farms, units, and lairages in slaughterhouses.

A Eurobarometer survey on consumer attitudes to farm animal welfare prompts an examination of demands for the products of sustained suffering on an enormous scale unworthy of human wit and intelligence. A scientific and objective survey finds the welfare and rights groups lacklustre in exemplification and proclamation of their persuasions. Consumers cannot expect governments to plod through legal enactments of kindness and mercy. Societies surfeited and suffering from the self-abuse of excesses of badly distributed food and agronomic bad practice must exercise the self-discipline of “if in doubt, leave it out”.

We have the wit and resource to live harmoniously with “our” environment and ever more of its denizens. Education, reform, and replacement are incentives by well-informed consumers whom governments and manufacturers must respect and serve. Well-meaning surveys, such as Eurobarometer, don’t cut the mustard. The welfare of non-human animals demands a better-informed guide than Eurobarometer to inspire a human population stamping too heavily on its environment. We are inspired by Eurobarometer to essay changes of consumer pressure that bid fair to portend a better climate for all species.

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no 7 2006






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