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Relationship between Wildlife and Veganism explored at Wildlife Summit at VegfestUK London courtesy of Animal Aid

Relationship between Wildlife and Veganism explored at Wildlife Summit at VegfestUK London courtesy of Animal Aid

| by Editor | Posted in VegfestUK London 2019

One of the UK’s biggest and oldest animal protection and vegan education groups Animal Aid is bringing an exciting lineup of speakers and topics for the Wildlife Summit on the Sunday October 27th at the UK’s biggest vegan festival VegfestUK London at Olympia London this year.

With a wealth of experience in campaigning for wildlife protection on top of vegan outreach, Animal Aid has just confirmed a well-balanced mix of topics at the summit, which looks at both our relationship with wildlife as well as wildlife conservation from a vegan point of view. Topics include:

  • some of their campaign work, ways of getting involved,
  • readjusting our lifestyle to ensure security of wildlife habitats and preventing species extinction,
  • the complicated relationship we have with wildlife,
  • a vegan approach to wildlife conflicts such as pest control,
  • hunt sabbing

and more.


Full lineup of speakers and sessions

Isobel Hutchinson (Animal Aid) –Giving a voice to the UK’s most persecuted animals: Animal Aid’s wildlife campaigning and how you can help

Isobel will introduce the Wildlife Summit, and speak about Animal Aid, the work they do, with a focus on their wildlife campaigns. She will talk about the status of wild animals in the UK, including the intense persecution faced by non-native animals, those seen as ‘pests’ and those who are bred and released into the wild to be shot for sport. 

Animal Aid take several different approaches to campaigning for wild animals, including undercover investigations, political lobbying, working with the media and helping people to adopt kinder methods for deterring unwanted wild animals. 

Isobel will outline Animal Aid’s work, and a few ways in which people can get involved with helping animals, and introduce the rest of the Summit. 

Dr Helen Harwatt – Eating our way to extinction? Reconfiguring food systems to help tackle the wildlife crisis

Dr Helen Harwatt is an international award winning researcher and scientific author specialising in the field of planetary health, with a focus on food systems shifts and climate change mitigation.

Helen will deliver a talk on the environmental impact of food systems, with the focus on climate change, deforestation, nutrient pollution and wildlife loss. She will discuss the links between these impacts, and possible solutions to these issues. 

This talk will explore how climate change will increase wildlife loss, and show examples of progress, including examples of reforesting land currently used for animal agriculture in the UK.

Roxy Furman – Working as a Vegan Wildlife Photographer / Filmmaker

Roxy is a first-class zoologist and presenter (that has been working for ZSL for the past year) that has just returned to Uni to do a Masters in Wildlife Filmmaking in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit. 

She will discuss her work as a wildlife photographer/conservationist, and the conflict that can arise in this industry where veganism is surprisingly uncommon. She will discuss how the importance of, as a photographer, always telling the animal’s story accurately. This feeds into Roxy’s wider gentle activism work, and how she stands up for animals by showing people how amazing they are, and inspiring them to help. 

Roxy will be talking about her own work and wildlife activism, and offer advice for others looking to follow a similar route.

Trevor Williams (The Fox Project) –Foxes for Everyone

Trevor founded Fox Project thirty years ago after fifteen years serving staff member with League Against Cruel Sports and National Committee Member for Hunt Saboteurs Association

Not everyone likes foxes. But the Fox Project do, so they respond to public sympathy and rescue casualties and orphaned cubs. Because they care so much, we also assist those who don’t like foxes to resolve their issues without lethal action, providing advice on humanely deterring foxes. 

Trevor will be talking about his work rescuing foxes, and the history of the fox project and how they work towards better treatment of foxes by everyone.

Natalia Doran (Urban Squirrels) – Humans and Wildlife; Relationship Status: It’s Complicated

Natalia Doran combines looking after two of her children who are young adults with autism with private study of philosophy and work in animal rescue and protection. Natalia runs London’s grey squirrel rescue and advocacy organization, Urban Squirrels. 

The speaker will make use of her private study of philosophy and her practical experience of anti-cull campaigning (as a council member for Animal Aid and the founder of Urban Squirrels) and attempt to create an ethical framework for the discussion of our relationship with wildlife, a framework within which answers to these, as well as other questions can be explored.

During her talk Natalia will be discussing whether or not we have a moral duty to manage the environment; why there is so little cooperation between conservationists and animal rights activists; and whether death is a welfare issue.

Helen Roberts (Hunt Sabs Association) – Q&A with Hunt Sabs

Helen is driven by the lack of equality in all its forms, fighting oppression and for those who have no voice. She has been in animal rights for nearly 40 years, 32 of those I’ve been vegan.

She has been sabbing for around 15 years, with 9 of those on committee, helping to run the organisation. 

Helen will be answering audience questions about hunt sabbing, how to help wildlife and how you can get involved.

Kevin Newell (Humane Wildlife Solutions) – The Vegan Approach to Wildlife Conflicts

Humane Wildlife Solutions is a vegan, ethical alternative to ‘pest control’, covering Europe and servicing some of the high street’s biggest names. They cover conflicts with a range of wildlife, helping with everything from ants, wasps, rats, mice, foxes, while also researching  new and inventive ways to achieve vegan solutions to lethal pest control. 

Kevin will be discussing his work with Humane Wildlife Solutions, and how his vegan principles and a desire to help people with wildlife conflicts, without causing harm, lead to the creation of HWS. He will offer some practical ways for the audience can help promote vegan alternatives to pest control, and things they can do themselves to deter ‘unwanted visitors’

Lynn Sawyer – Working against the badger cull

Lynn is an animal rights activist/sab and vegan. She changed her life completely from being a hunt supporter 25 years ago when she spoke out against hunting publicly.

Lynn's main focus at the moment is in running Gloucestershire Badger Office as a resource for those fighting the cull/badger persecution in this area and in being part of three counties hunt saboteurs so also out against the hunts and other forms of wildlife crime. One of our recent successes along with Cirencester Illegal Huntwatch is the reporting of hunts blocking and digging out setts in cull zones as this gave the police the data needed to tackle the local hunts. Lynn's view is that this is a small part of a much wider movement to fight against speciesism and all oppression.


Exact times on this page here

Wildlife Summit located on Level 3 of Olympia Central (Olympia Conference Centre) – see floor plan here


About Animal Aid

Animal Aid is one of the UK's largest animal rights groups. It is also one of the longest established in the world, having been founded in 1977. Animal Aid campaigns peacefully against all animal abuse, and promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle. Their vision is a world in which animals are no longer harmed and exploited for human gain, but allowed to live out their lives in peace. 

Visit their website for info about their latest campaigns, and follow Animal Aid on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Visit their stand CH3 on Level 1 of Olympia Central on both days of VegfestUK London – see floor plan here for Level 1 (West and Central).


Other features at VegfestUK London

VegfestUK London also includes 320 stalls packed with the latest vegan products, the Vegan Food Village with 25 caterers, the Foodies Stage, the New Vegan Support area for beginners to veganism, Yoga classes, Cookery Demos, The Art of Compassion Project Exhibition, 2 Fitness areas, talks on Plant Based Health and Veganic Growing, the Natural Therapy Zone, Lifestyle presentations, the Chillout Music area, the Mature Zone, the Geekstraveganza Board Games area, the VeggieVision Speed Dating and FGV Socials area, plus talks on Animal Rights and Activism, Vegan Activists Support, the VGN News room, and the Animal Rebellion summit.

Advance tickets for this event are available at all the way until the event weekend.

Each entry ticket includes access to all talks, cookery demos, panels and live music at the show.

Join the Facebook event here and follow the event on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Plant Powered Expo – February 1st 2nd 2020 @ Olympia London

The organisers of VegfestUK are running a new show Plant Powered Expo next February in the National Hall of Olympia London. This new event celebrates the best of a plant-based way of life with 235 stalls, 12 features and 100 speakers. For more information, visit 

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