In addition to the Society, we have a campaign group. For people who want to take a more active role, this group is responsible for organising events, talks and campaigns throughout the year. Last year we organised a “Go Veggie” campaign which involved leafleting, a showing of the film Earthlings, talks and more!
This Year’s Events:
Week 1: Check out our stalls at the Societies Fair, Thursday 2nd October – there will be free food!
Thursday 2nd October: First society get-together in the Dirty Duck at 5PM. Discussion of events for the year, and a chance to meet everyone.
Week 2, Monday 6th Oct: Potluck bring-and-share meal. Get together and enjoy a variety of delicious vegan and veggie food! In room S0.10 at 6PM
Friday 10th Oct: Leamington Bar Crawl! For drinkers and non-drinkers alike, a casual way to get to know some of the members better – a night out in Leamington!
Week 3, Thursday 16th Oct: Social in the Dirty Duck at 5PM
Week 4, Monday 20nd Oct: Potluck or restaurant meal – whichever is more popular, which will be decided in the meeting in week 3.
Saturday 25th Oct: West Midlands Vegan Festival. Let’s get a group of us together and go to the festival! Check out the Festival website for more information
Week 5, Tuesday 28th Oct: ELECTIONS!!! The elections will be held in room S0.08 (Social Sciences) at 5PM, so please come along and show your support for the candidates!! We will also be discussing the setting-up of a campaigns group, and deciding which charities to raise money for over the year.
Also just a reminder that only members can vote, so please make sure to become a member by Monday 27th!
Week 6, *Reading Week*
Week 7, Monday 10th Nov: Putluck
Week 8, Monday 17th Nov
Week 9, Monday 24th Nov: Christmas theme Potluck!
Week 10, Monday 1st December: Final event of Term 1 - we will do something fun and Christmas-themed!
The exact time and location of the Potlucks and other events will be announced closer to the date.
Also if anyone wanted to change the location of socials from the Dirty Duck to somewhere that doesn't serve alcohol, we are happy to move the location and be totally inclusive.
The highlight of the past year was the Animal Ethics Conference, held on Saturday 18th January. To conclude our Animal Ethics Week, during Week 2 of the Spring Term, we held a conference entitled 'The Politics of Species'. The eminent Carol J Adams gave a talk on ‘The Sexual Politics of Meat’, whilst Kim Stallwood, Dr. Richard Twine, Elinor Lloyd and Dr. Tom Tyler covered a host of other issues related to the field of animal ethics. Additionally, in Week 7 of Term 2 we had a “Go Veggie” campaign.
In previous years we have organised numerous talks. Dr. Andrew Knight (Fellow, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics) gave an illuminating talk on the ethical and practical considerations of using animals in veterinary teaching. We organised a debate in January in collaboration with Warwick Debating Union on the subject "This house would ban animal testing" which proved a resounding success, with an exceptional panel of experts debating in front of a large, receptive audience. We campaigned successfully to get the campus Costcutter to stop selling non-free range eggs, having gathered the support of the student body.
In addition to our campaigning and support activities, we organise regular potlucks, when members of the society and other like-minded students can get to know each other in a friendly and relaxed way, over delicious veggie food.
Meet the Exec Team:
President: Chloe Barritt
Secretary: Lucy Duncan
Treasurer: Hemant Pandit
There will be an election in Week 5 to welcome more people onto the exec!