This year, the Vegetarian Society of Ireland is holding a very special World Vegetarian Day Festival event in the heart of Temple Bar!
Come along for the celebration! We'll have plenty of stalls in the main hall with a huge passion for:
and much more!
Plenty of thought provoking talks are being lined up for us also!
Are you a business owner? We can help you to stand out!
Would you like to take part or volunteer on the day? It will be so much fun!
Are you interested in donating or sponsoring us? It's such a fantastic cause that benefits both animals and people!
Please contact us, we welcome your energy and enthusiasm to help us create a much more healthy, happy and animal friendly Ireland!
Keep Sunday 29th September free for this fantastic day out! - from 12pm until 5pm. More exciting information to follow soon!
We will arrange a meeting point for meetup members in the coming weeks.
Any queries please contact: [masked]
New Event Details!
Special Guest Speakers & Timetable
13:00-13:30 Malgorzata Desmond (MSc., dietician & PhD researcher on the health effects of vegan diets in children) “A balanced diet for vegetarians and vegans."
13:30-14:00 Bernadette Bohan (Author of The Survivor's Mindset, The Choice, and The Choice Programme) “So you are vegetarian, but are you getting it right?”
14:15-14:45 Michael Nugent (Chairperson of Atheist Ireland) “We are intelligent moral animals”
14:45-15:15 Clair Linzey (Deputy Director, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics) “Why Animal Suffering Matters”
15:30-16:15 World Vegetarian Day Discussion
Abstracts for each of the talks:
“A balanced diet for vegetarians and vegans”
Malgorzata Desmond, MSc, a dietician who is currently doing a PhD research on the health effects of vegan diets in children at the Institute of Child Health, University College London
What is the current knowledge on the health of vegetarians and vegans? Are there any benefits associated with a plant-based diet? What should vegetarians and vegans pay attention to in order to have a balanced diet? All these questions will be answered
“Why Animal Suffering Matters”
Clair Linzey, Deputy Director, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics
How we treat animals arouses strong emotions. Many people are repulsed by photographs of cruelty to animals and respond passionately to how we make animals suffer for food, commerce, and sport. But is this, as some argue, a purely emotional issue? Are there really no rational grounds for opposing our current treatment of animals?
The paper considers how animals have been traditionally defined as naturally slaves, non-rational beings, linguistically deficient, not moral agents, soulless, and devoid of the divine image. But, if true, these differences should require more, not less, moral solicitude since it follows that animals cannot give or withhold their consent, cannot represent or vocalize their own interests, are morally innocent or blameless, and are vulnerable and relatively defenceless. These considerations provide the objective, rational basis for regarding both animals and children (especially infants) as special cases.
“So you are vegetarian but are you getting it right?”
Bernadette Bohan, author of The Survivor's Mindset, The Choice, and The Choice Programme,
The benefits of a vegetarian diet are many but are you getting it right? Are you eating milk, cheese and eggs in the belief that these foods are good for you? Sometimes the more you try to eat right the more confused you get join me and get the facts.
Obtain solid information about disease prevention, and learn how to:
Achieve sustainable weight loss
Really improve your health
Reduce sugar cravings
Overcome heart disease, cancer and relieve painful arthritis
“We are intelligent moral animals”
Michael Nugent, is a writer, blogger, activist, and chair of the advocacy group Atheist Ireland. Over the years he has campaigned on many political issues. He also co-wrote the popular comedy musical play I, Keano
Some religions teach that a god created humans, then created animals to serve us. Whether they believe that literally or metaphorically, many people seem to agree with this. But science tells us that we are all animals, and that we are just one of many species that has evolved over the millennia. We are social animals and, like other social animals, we have evolved a sense of morality that helps us to live together. We feel empathy and compassion for each other, we cooperate on common goals, and we want to be treated fairly. We are also intelligent animals, able to reason, and we increasingly attribute our fundamental rights to individuals rather than groups. I believe that it is a natural extension of this pattern for us to extend our morality to our interaction with other animals. We should be as empathetic, compassionate, cooperative and fair with other animals as we are with ourselves. We should want to minimize suffering, and maximize wellbeing, among all sentient beings. And we can do so while eating a delicious, healthy vegetarian diet, and letting our friends know about the advantages of doing so.
Some of the stalls confirmed for World Vegetarian Day 2013 - others to follow!
Alliance for Animal Rights Wright
National Animal Rights Association
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Delhi O Deli
North County Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Art of Living
Association Of Hunt Saboteurs
Essential Oils Classes
Cathy Sspelt For Health
Aloe Vera Gels
Forever Living Products
** The Meet Up Group will be meeting up in the "eating area" between 14.00 & 16.00. We look forward to meeting you there! **