TALK: Hinduism, Veganism & the Holy cow
Friday 17.30 - 18.15
Have you ever wondered why Hindus see the cow as extremely sacred? Have you ever wondered how to approach a Hindu about Veganism and the cruel modern dairy industry? To Hindus, the cow is viewed as a mother, akin to the Earth. The consumption of dairy is rife amongst the Hindu community and dairy is also used within many spiritual practices. Whilst many young Hindus are becoming vegan, there is still a large number who aren’t. How then can we compassionately raise awareness amongst the Hindu community about the atrocities committed by the modern dairy industry whilst remaining respectful of their beliefs and traditions? Join Dina Aherne in this insightful talk where she will take you through the answers to these questions and offer you an opportunity to ask questions about this interesting and important topic yourself!
Advocates for Animals
TALK: Using the law to help animals
Friday 18.30 - 19.15
Advocates for Animals' co-founder Edie Bowles will provide an overview of useful legal tools that can be used to help animals.
Animal Think Tank
TALK: Animal resistance: centring anti-speciesism over vegansim
Friday 19.30 - 20.15
‘We are Vegan for the animals’ and ‘the voice for the voiceless’ are common phrases within the animal rights movement, however in this talk I will put forward that these are not only ineffective, but also harmful narratives. Throughout this talk I will share with you several powerful stories of animals and how they resist captivity. These stories are fantastic ways for us to acknowledge the animals’ agency in their never-ending battle against the system that oppresses them. With this in mind, I will suggest that using a different narrative that centres animals and not vegans will not only be a more effective strategy, but also respects animals in THEIR movement.
Claudia & James
TALK: Rebels with a cause: using nonviolent civil disobedience to build a plant-based food system and why we need you
Friday 20.45 - 21.30
Animal Rebellion activists Claudia and James talk us through the principles of non-violence, the history of civil disobedience and how we can leverage those ideas to build a better food system. Find out how you can get involved.
TALK: Is animal liberation enough?
Saturday 12.00 - 12.30
Having a culture of respect and care for other animals is about changing much more in our lives than the food we eat and the clothes we wear. The reality is, respecting their lives means us going far beyond emptying cages, it's valuing the lives of animals in all the choices we make-we are not alone on this planet. Current consumer society is an offense against the free living animals we share the earth with, how much are we part of it ? and what can we do to change this?
Gloucestershire Badger Office
TALK: Introduction to the Badger Cull
Saturday 12.45 - 13.15
Emma (she / her), co-founder of Gloucestershire Badger Office, will be explaining why and how the badger cull has taken place over the last 9 years and will be giving a brief history of the campaign against it. Come along to ask questions and learn more about the fight to stop the cull as well as wider wildlife persecution.
TALK: The Camp Beagle phenomenon: MBR and 100 years of anti-vivisection campaigns
Saturday 13.30 - 14.00
John Curtin will talk us through the 100 years of history surrounding the anti-vivisection movement, its pioneering campaigns and the events that have led up to the phenomenon that is Camp Beagle. Activists are right now staging an ongoing demonstration outside MBR where puppies are bred to be sold for testing. What will you do about it?
TALK: Face-to-face with Animal Agriculture
Saturday 14.15 - 15.00
Josephine Robinson and Dani Wise from Animal and Climate Save Movement tell us about Save Vigils and what they reveal about animal agriculture. Plus we'll hear about the Plant Based Treaty, Climate Save Movement's groundbreaking initiative demanding the world's leaders act now to avert climate disaster.
TALK: Animal rights: where are we now and where do we need to get to?
Saturday 15.15 - 16.00
Solicitor, Edward talks about the latest legal changes in Animal Rights and what the law means. This talk is for the open-minded who want their views changed and who want the law to change for the animals. Edward is ex-Chair of The Vegan Society, solicitor and passionate vegan chef; teaching through spiritual veganism, animal rights and cooking demonstrations.
TALK: From librarian to ocean warrior and back
Saturday 16.15 - 17.00
As Viva!'s Head of Investigations, Lex is responsible for coordinating hard-hitting investigations to expose the grim reality of animal agriculture in the UK. Her work has achieved major press coverage in the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, The Independent, The Sun, and The Times as well as featured on BBC News. Having spent over a decade on a crusade to defend, conserve and protect marine wildlife, she now focuses primarily on farmed animal issues to support Viva!'s high-impact campaigns against animal exploitation and environmental destruction.
Dr Alice Brough
TALK: From carnist pig vet to vegan activist: insights from the industry
Saturday 17.15 - 18.30
Dr Alice Brough worked as a commercial pig vet in the UK from 2015-2019, consulting on health, welfare and productivity across all sizes and systems of pig farming. As a result of this experience, Alice became vegan and eventually left the industry to dedicate her life to ending the exploitation of animals. She has given interviews on radio, television, podcasts and documentaries (‘The End of Medicine’, ‘Hogwood’, and two currently in production), and delivered speeches, lectures and articles across a range of topics. Alice is a co-claimant in a world-first legal challenge to the UK government to ban factory farming, and is a contributing author to ‘Livestock’s Longer Shadow’, an eye-opening book by Tim Bailey due for release in Autumn 2021. She regularly advises organisations in the UK and the US, consulting on farm and slaughterhouse investigations, and providing expert input into a variety of animal, human and environmental justice campaigns.
TALK: The End of Medicine (trailer): Q&A with BAFTA-winning filmmaker Alex Lockwood and Dr Alice Brough
'From Executive Producers Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix, BAFTA Award-winning director Alex Lockwood and Producer Keegan Kuhn (Cowspriacy & What the Health), The End of Medicine is a feature-length documentary exploring the link between the treatment of animals and emerging health threats such as pandemics and antibiotic resistance. With production on the film beginning before the emergence of COVID-19, this documentary seeks to go where mainstream media won't, and to understand this issue from its root cause.'
Panel + Q&A
PANEL: DIRECT ACTION FOR ANIMALS
Saturday 18.45 - 19.30
Join a discussion with Animal Rebellion's activists who will be presenting a panel talk with a Q&A about the WHO, the WHY and the WHAT of direct action.
TALK: Answering the top ten FAQs of veganism
Saturday 19.45 - 20.30
Viva!'s Senior Campaigner Will Sorflaten will look at some of the most common counterarguments against veganism and consider the best ways to address those issues. So, if you're ever bothered by questions like 'but soya is destroying the planet', 'plants are alive' or 'we'd get overrun by animals if we all went vegan', we look forward to seeing you at the talk.
MAIN STAGE SCREENING: RUSSELL BRAND
Saturday 21.15 - 22.00
Enjoy Russell Brand's performance on the main stage but with the comfort of the activism stage's seating.