Posts Tagged ‘charity’

URGENT APPEAL: Farm Sanctuary Modesto Chicken Rescue

This is an urgent appeal for all our readers to help out with the Farm Sanctuary efforts in Modesto, California at the moment.

Farm Sanctuary is currently in the process of aiding and rescuing hens from a factory farm in the area. Two weeks ago, the farm was abandoned along with 50,000 hens there. They have been without food for this whole time.

Tens of thousands of the hens have already died, but with your help Farm Sanctuary can hopefully prevent many more from dying.

Hens are being rushed to Farm Sanctuary’s shelter in Orland, California, for emergency medical care, including treatment for starvation and dehydration. Farm Sanctuary is hoping to offer 24-hour care to these hens.

Many of them are now ridden with parasites from the appalling factory farm conditions. This, coupled with damaged immune systems, means that the hens are having to be watched consistently in case of organ failure occurring.

A survivor (photo from Farm Sanctuary's Facebook page)

One user of the vegan sub-Reddit page has said:

I know some of the people who are helping with the rescue efforts, as well as the staff at the shelter, and it’s just heartbreaking. Some of them have already died after being rescued, so many are knocking at Death’s door, many of them were just coated in feces, weigh next to nothing, are unable to eat or drink, extremely malnourished, and just so many more problems and ailments. The staff, interns, and volunteers at the shelter will be up day and night for many weeks taking care of these babies and trying to get them healthy. I’m sure a majority of the survivors will be adopted out to loving families through FAAN once their health is no longer a concern, so if you have the means to adopt a pair or more of chickens, keep your eye out for news in a couple months.

If you can spare anything to help in this urgent rescue effort, please visit Farm Sanctuary’s Donation page and give what you can.

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VegFest 2011

I must apologise in advance, because this is very short notice, but tomorrow is a day too good to pass up writing a post about – tomorrow is the Brighton VegFest exhibition! There’s going to be a Bristol-based version of the event in a couple of months spanning two days, but for now I’ll give you the lowdown on what’s to be expected at the Brighton event.

VegFest is an exhibition taking place over the whole day, and is completely free. What you’ll find is basically vegan heaven (or at least how I hope vegan heaven will be…). Stall after stall after stall of awesome vegan companies selling everything from shoes to cosmetics to, of course, FOOD! The day is also broken up with regular events, featuring entertainers (including a contortionist tomorrow, although I’m not too sure what to think of that), talks from leading activists and key groups such as Viva! on a range of matters including vegan health and animal use in circuses, and vegan cookery classes.

The stalls that’ll be in place at tomorrow’s fair are from a variety of different companies, charities, and groups. Cosmetic and generally nice-smelling company Lush will be showing off some of their goods. Vegan food giants such as the hugely successful Redwood Foods and Plamil will be selling their goodies during the day (and hopefully offering some free tasters!). Major animal charities will also have stalls, such as the RSPB and Sussex Wildlife Trust, whilst other smaller scale and/or more radical groups such as Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) and The Hunt Saboteurs Association will also be on display. Finally, there will be a range of local Brighton organisations also appearing at the exhibition, such as The Cowley Club.

For anyone going, highlights are set to include (for me anyway):

  • Goody bags for a fiver, and tombola and raffle tickets for £1 with a range of awesome prizes.
  • A great array of caterers. I’m pretty excited on getting my hands on some of Falafest‘s freshly made falafel.
  • A huge range of freebies and special offers – just take a look here.
  • Moofree will be selling their incredibly delicious range. I’m hoping to pick up a few of their Easter eggs!

Anyways, needless to say I’m pretty stoked on it, and I’ve compiled a list of deals that I’m going to be making use of! Hope anyone who reads this and goes has a great time, and maybe you’ll see us there!

Vegfam

Aiiiight fellow Vegangstaz!

Time to do a post on one of my favourite charities, who are sadly largely unheard of.

 

 

Vegfam was formed in 1963 by Chris and Janet Aldous, and the premise is simple. I’m sure most people reading this will have heard of Oxfam – a charity that deals primarily with poverty and the host of problems that it brings with it in the Third World, and are particularly noted for their work in famine relief. Now, Vegfam, as the name may suggest to you, works in very similar fields. However, Chris and Janet Aldous supported Oxfam‘s ideas but found the use of animal food sources to clash with their vegan ethics. So, upon this basis, they formed Vegfam and collected their first donations, which were used to finance vegetable food production in areas of the Middle East.

The organisation works by using funding to either follow its own projects or support collaboration projects between various charities (ensuring that the collaboration projects suit the standards of being vegan-based, or ensuring that Vegfam‘s portion of the funding for such a project is used exclusively in vegan-based food production). Vegfam has also been heavily involved in water aid, and to a small extent in providing clean fuel and efficient energy utilisation (such as efficient cooking apparatus). Their projects rest on a basis of practicality combined with sustainability. As the Vegfam website states, they provide and “fund ethically sound plant-food projects, which do not exploit animals or the environment: seeds and tools for vegetable growing, fruit and nut tree planting, irrigation and water wells. Also, emergency feeding in times of crisis.”

Their work also extends to trying to persuade other well-meaning charities that animal food production is not necessarily the most efficient way forward when it comes to solving the hunger issues of the Third World, and allegedly more and more charities are beginning to realise this and are moving onto more vegan-based projects.

It’s tempting to look at the ideas of Vegfam and view them negatively as our own Western ethics of veganism interfering with famine relief, but this is not what Vegfam is about. There is no denying that the Western diet has proven to be a disaster ecologically. Vegfam‘s intention (and they are one of only a few charities doing this) is to prevent the Third World from slipping into the same traps that our modern diet has, creating a whirlwind of unsustainability. So, if you are even remotely interested in environmentaism and sustainability then Vegfam‘s ideas should be of interest, regardless of whether you follow veganism/vegetarianism.

It is also important to note that Vegfam ensures that an exceptional amount of a donation goes to actually funding relief projects. They are proud that 90% of a donation will go directly to funding relief, which is very high for the charity industry. Oxfam, the organisation Vegfam is obviously based on, send just under 80% to relief projects, whilst some charities are even less efficient, wasting up to 25% of their money on admin costs, rewarding their CEOs, and other unnecessary pay outs.

Have a look at Vegfam‘s website – http://www.vegfamcharity.org.uk. They aren’t shy of highlighting exactly what they’ve spent and where, listing all their projects over the past few years. And perhaps if you’re feeling generous, you may feel like sending them a donation whilst you’re at it.

For a little more insight into Vegfam also check out this interview with one of the trustees – it’s pretty old but useful nonetheless – http://www.veganviews.org.uk/vv67/vv67vegfam.html

 

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