Thursday, October 27, 2005

Vegan Society AGM and Awards and Bristol Vegan Festival

Vegan Society AGM and Awards and Bristol Vegan Festival

On October 30th 2005, the day after the Bristol Vegan Fayre 2005, The Vegan Society will hold its Annual General Meeting in Bristol.

After the Bristol Vegan Fayre 2005 Yaoh hosts the Vegan Society Awards At the Rajpoot, Clifton, from 8pm till 1am.

Entertainment includes Classical North Indian Sitar and Tabla players upstairs, with intelligent drum and bass from SeFire downstairs. And legendary original award winning ClubYeyo DJ ChrisXCross will be dropping some classic late 80's and early 90's party tunes till the early hours.

Before that a gourmet Indian vegan buffet and the Vegan Society's 2005 Awards ceremony, compered by Tim from Yaoh, and featuring, among others, vegan MP Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East). Many of the UK's leading vegan people will be attending and everyone is invited.

Tickets are £23.50 (including food and entertainment) and are available from Yaoh ( 01179239053 ).

Thursday, October 13, 2005

New Vegan Chocolate for World Vegan Day

Vegan Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory , vegan chocolate, dairy free

I am proud that as an independent chocolate manufacturer we can be
truly innovative. The selling points of these bars are unique;
lots of cocoa, no added sugar, dairy and gluten free!
These bars have a place in every health food store.
With growing realization as to the health benefits of cocoa,
the shelled hemp variety in particular gives these
vegan chocolate bars a really good nutritional profile.

Adrian Ling, Managing Director, Plamil

Manufacturers of the world's first truly scrumptious, truly healthy,
Vegan Chocolate bar.

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Live Exports Start From Dover Again.


It is now certain that a private company is attempting to restart live animal exports from Dover.

Empty Dutch transporters were seen leaving the docks (complete with a police escort) to go up north to load up for the journey from Dover from Tuesday Night.

Demos will start approx 8pm. The animals are expected to leave on a midnight sailing.It appears that the export consignment has been arranged by Machins of Yorkshire; well known to Dover campaigners from days gone by.

In October 1998, Machins had their export licence revoked by the Government as they and their drivers were found guilty of no less than 377 breaches of animal welfare and transport rules. Source: The Express - Thurs October 22nd, 1998.

Around November 1999 at Dover Magistrates Court, Machins were fined £7,800 plus £100 costs after pleading guilty to transporting unfit lambs. The lambs were severely lame due to foot rot and were unfit to travel.

Complaints please to Dover Harbour on 01304 240400 and

The State Veterinary Service (Dover) on 01304 240020.

The KALE Hotline 01304 204688 is the best way to keep updated with news.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Warning to Dairy Producers to Stop Misleading Public on Milk

The UK Advertising Standards Authority uphold Vegan Society Complaint about Nestle Claims That Cow's Milk is an essential Part of The Human Diet.

London Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston said "Manufacturers and agencies that promote cow's milk products will have to be far more careful in the future. Cow's milk is a good source of calcium for a baby cow - helping it grow to the size of a small shed in a few weeks. Human nutritional needs are more complex - we need magnesium, vitamins K & D to utilise calcium and we certainly don't need all that saturated animal fat that comes free with milk."

More fruit and vegetables are needed in people's diets - especially green leafy veg rich in essential fats, vitamins, minerals, antioxidents and phytonutrients.

There have been a lot of misleading claims about milk recently - the Nestle advert is just one amongst many. Their peers should watch their step from now on.


The Vegan Society and a member of the public objected to an advertorial on the AOL website. The article was aimed at women and entitled "Mastering Your Metabolism Part 3: Eat well, feel great." One paragraph was headed "Dairy Products" and stated "Essential for healthy bones ...". The complainants objected that the ad was misleading because it was not necessary to eat dairy products to obtain healthy bones.

Codes Section: 3.1, 6.1, 7.1 (Ed 11)


Complaints upheld
Nestlé UK said they recognised that there were other sources of calcium and they had not intended to suggest that dairy products were the only source of calcium.

The ASA considered that the use of the word "essential" implied dairy products were the only source of calcium. Because that was not correct, they concluded that the advertorial was likely to mislead and advised Nestlé to amend the claim and to seek assistance from the CAP Copy Advice team before using a similar campaign in future.

The advertorial breached CAP Code clauses 3.1 (Substantiation), 6.1 (Honesty) and 7.1 (Truthfulness).

Full Adjudication