Thursday, 13 October 2011

Bath Vegan Fair 2011

On Saturday the 29th of October, Bath Animal Action will be proud to present the fourth Bath Vegan Fair, 2011! Taking place from 12 til 4pm at the Percy Community Centre on New King Street (just round the corner from Sainsburys), the event will be free entry to all.

As well as free locally and lovingly prepared vegan meals, free vegan savoury and sweet treats, free film showings and talks, there will be reams of information on all aspects of vegan living and issues.

More details are to follow, but at present, we invite you to join us on the day and eat yourselves silly!

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Who we are and what we do:

Bath Animal Action is a non-violent action group, set up in 2003, that takes action to promote animal rights and welfare locally, nationally and internationally. The group meets on the second Monday of every month, from 8.00 to 9.00pm at The Bell public house on Walcot Street, in Bath. We're sometimes a little hard to find in all the hubbub, though, so feel free to give us a call on meeting day on 07837 784715.

In the past, we have:
organised local free vegan food stalls, and two annual Bath Vegan Fayres in 2009 and 2010, as well as supporting other similar events
run several campaigns to end the sale of the cruel 'delicacy' foie gras from 2008, with successes at Le Petit Cochon, the Pinch, Bistro No. 5, the Cavendish Hotel, Minibar, Beaujolais and the Hop Pole
persuaded various stores in Bath in 2007 to stop the sale of fur, including a hard-fought campaign against the high-cost boutique AH Moda, who collaborated with local police in a disproportionate response involving the fitting up of two activists
helped close down a cruel and unlicensed greyhound course in Glastonbury in 2005, but not before the races killed Snowstorm the greyhound
saved hundreds of wild animals alongside hunt saboteurs from Bristol, Pewsey, South Wales, Reading, Devon, the Midlands and elsewhere
raised funds for several rescue centres (such as Somershire Hamster Rescue and Bath Gerbil Rescue), campaigns and charities
campaigned locally against McDonalds, KFC, horse-racing and pigeon culls
joined national campaigns with CIWF, Animal Aid, SPEAK, SHAC, helped with boycotts against Bobby Roberts Circus and Noah's Ark Zoo and Proctor & Gamble and opposed the Welsh badger cull
and distributed, door-to-door, packets of animal rights literature and information.
Why not come along to discuss what YOU can do to help bring an end to animal cruelty!

The Bath Vegan Fayre 2010: “Fayre Play”

Campaigners and volunteers with Bath Animal Action are pleased to announce that the Bath Vegan Fayre 2010 event went swimmingly yesterday, with over 150 happy punters passing through the doors.

Held at Manvers Street Baptist Church in the city centre, a moment's walk from the train and bus stations, the event lasted from 12 til 4pm. Otherwise, the second annual free food event followed much the same pattern as the previous year - with a dazzling array of steaming soups, chillies, rice dishes and lovingly-tended vegetable delicacies filling the bowls of queues of hungry fayre-goers, alongside a mouth-watering spread of cakes, cookies, snacks and ethnic desserts. The tea and fruit juices flowed like never before, whilst the tables were filled with relaxed conversation and ingested education. As well as the over-burdened information tables (with everything from nutrition, environmental ethics, recipes, animal rights, medical science and updates for campaigns against zoos, hunters, foie gras outlets and animal-testing laboratories), free samples table, reading corner and children's area, there was also a prize raffle – the cause of some excitement. By the end of the day, many a happy visitor was heard singing the praises of the food, including the immortal words: “I had no idea vegan food could taste this good!”

Pickings were slim though, at the end of the day, for the ever-energetic and patient volunteers, all expecting to take home leftover goodies: almost nothing remained. Better luck next year, vegan vultures!

Big thanks go out to Bute Island Foods, The Booja-Booja Company, Suma Wholefoods, Beanies Health Foods, The Vegan Society, Animal Aid, Viva!, Essential Trading Co-operative, Lush, Vegetarian Shoes, Plamil Foods, The Green Stationery Company, Mail Boxes Etc., staff at the Hobgoblin, DJ Ted, The Black Rat, Madame Hatter and indeed Bristol Animal Rights Collective.