For vegans, and the vegan-curious, based in or near Exteter, England, let me introduce you to EFFA:
Exeter Friends For Animals (EFFA) initiates campaigns locally and acts in support of national organisations, holding street collections and information stalls on issues such as factory farming, vivisection, live exports, fur farming, etc.
We also offer help and guidance to people seeking to go vegan, and organise a varied calendar of social events in Exeter and beyond.
EFFA is dedicated to peaceful protest and consists of a wide diversity of people and talents.
Starting March 19th, EFFA are holding the event ‘Go Vegan in 2017’, with multiple events throughout the area:
Visit the EFFA offical website or find them on Facebook for more information.
NARA (National Animal Rights Association) is a voluntary, vegan, animal rights group based in Dublin, Ireland:
We have many ongoing campaigns, and are constantly out spreading awareness through our protests, demonstrations and information tables. Whether it’s a fur shop, a circus or a pharmaceutical company that funds vivisection – anywhere we find to be violating the rights of animals – we will be there.
NARA recently release the fantastic documentary, ‘Ireland’s Fur Trade’, for free on YouTube:
This is a documentary exploring the fur industry and trade in Ireland. Currently, there are three fur farms in the Republic housing roughly between 100,000-150,000 mink and there are at least dozens of shops selling real fur across the country. In 2010, the Irish gov’t pledged to ban fur farming but after the collapse of a Fianna Fáil-led coalition in 2011, Fine Gael scrapped the proposal and it’s back to square one. However, active efforts demanding both a ban on fur farming and to convince shops to remove the sale of fur continue.
NARAcampaigns.org is a highly-recommended reading, with highly detailed information on their various campaigns, global animal rights issues and local Irish vegan businesses.
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The 1st Annual SWFL Veg Fest takes place on January 29th at Centennial Park, Fort Myers, Florida.
The 1st Annual SWFL Veg Fest will feature local restaurants with vegan food; live music and entertainment; fun and games for kids; healthy-living and eco-friendly exhibitors; info on local nonprofits; animal adoptions; cooking demonstrations; and well-known national and local guest speakers; a Chili-Cook-Off Contest, and Edible Centerpiece Contest, a Family Friendly Kid Zone, Food Sampling… and lots of lots of vendors too!
The Tulum Vegan Fest takes place from January 27th to 29th in Tulum, Mexico.
The 6th Annual Texas VegFest is set for Saturday April 1st, 2017 between 11am and 6pm at Fiesta Gardens in Austin, Texas.
Entrance to the event is free to the public. Local and national sponsors and vendors, educational lectures, cooking demonstrations, community outreach, a featured nonprofit, youth activities, fantastic food, craft beer, and live music are just a few of the activities Texas VegFest offers for everyone to enjoy!
Now in their 14th year, VEGFESTuk have developed into a powerhouse of information and resources not only for the UK but worldwide!
VegfestUK events are all about GOING VEGAN. It’s not about eating less meat, or choosing eggs over fish, or anything like that. It’s about going vegan, pure and simple. Go Vegan. For the animals, for the planet, for your health, and for sustainable global food production. And it’s so easy. Vegfest will demonstrate just how easy it is to go vegan and stay vegan.
Not only is their website truly invaluable, their multiple yearly events are the biggest in Europe, attracting thousands of people!
The events are also a great place to attend presentations and talks on veganism, animal rights, and environmentalism. Luckily their YouTube page has a long list of these presentations for those unable to attend, such as: