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A local group to support and encourage a compassionate, cruelty-free, vegan lifestyle. We hold cooking sessions, tasting sessions, information sessions on everything from cruelty-free moisturisers to leather-free walking boots; vegan textiles to the best dairy-free cheese for cheese sauce!

Petition: Require schools provide a vegan meal option every day

Quoting the petition:

The School Food Regulations 2014 create requirements for schools to provide portions of certain foods, but do not specifically require schools to provide a vegan option. This should be amended to require schools provide the option of a nutritionally balanced, hot vegan meal on a daily basis.

To quote Laura Chepner, Chair of the Vegan Society’s Education Network: “The Equality Act 2010 places a duty on educators not to discriminate against vegan children and students. Currently the Government only asks that schools make ‘reasonable choices’ when deciding whether to cater for vegans in their care. Those who choose not to are discriminating and it is about time that the grey area became black and white. Vegan options in 2022 should not be optional.”

Petitions UK Government and Parliament

Check out Happy Cow for places to eat and shop in Calderdale

Are you looking for a vegan-friendly place to eat out in the Calder Valley, or anywhere else in the world? Please look at Happy Cow for places to shop or eat at vegan, vegetarian and other cafes, restaurants, bars, markets and more. Make sure to leave a review when you’ve visited places as Happy Cow depends on the contributions of volunteers like you. There is a free app too, for Android and iOS.

The 3 Valley Vegans eating and shopping guides have been retired after eight years of excellent service. We hope you found them useful and we are sure you will continue to find Happy Cow a great source of information.

Petition: Oxfam, World Vision and Heifer: stop animal gifting and save the climate!

Taken from the Animal Save Movement website:

We call on Oxfam, World Vision, Heifer International, Christian Aid, Child Fund, Plan Canada, Lutheran World Relief, Tearfund and others, to end animal gifting programs and implement plant-based projects to alleviate poverty and create long term sustainable solutions for the climate.

–Animal Save Movement

Animal Gifting is the Worst Gift in the World

Donors who buy animal gift cards from development aid charities do so in good faith that they are gifting something really special for someone really special in their lives. But do they realise the true cost of this gift?

Animal gifting adds to the devastating domino effect of events that are correlated with exacerbating the climate and ocean crisis. It leads to a plethora of unintended negative consequences including forest fires, extreme weather, flooding, disease outbreaks such as bird flu, health problems such as diabetes and heart disease, slaughterhouses in the community, and even childhood trauma.

In July 2021, Animal Save India visited the eastern state of Odisha to witness the disastrous impact of Hatching Hope, a colossal chicken gifting collaboration between Heifer International and multinational animal feed and slaughterhouse giant, Cargill. They are aiming to create 60 million backyard chicken operations in India by 2030. Many in the tribal communities are unhappy with the consequences of Hatching Hope, particularly due to recent bird flu outbreaks in the region, extra mouths to feed and youths denied the chance to go to college because they have to farm chickens.

5 Reason to Stop Animal Gifting:

  1. You could be gifting diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
  2. You could be gifting a forest fire, bird flu outbreak or childhood trauma.
  3. Every animal gift contributes to the methane emergency which is accelerating global temperature rises.
  4. Animal agriculture contaminates our water, acidifies the soil and pollutes the air we breathe.
  5. According to Greenpeace, 80% of global deforestation is caused by farming animals or growing crops to feed them.

We call on development aid charities to improve transparency and implement carbon disclosure of animal gifting projects and for other projects. The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) are calling for proactive carbon disclosure as an important step to help organisations achieve their sustainable goals.

We call on development aid charities to be part of the solution in avoiding a climate catastrophe by implementing plant-based food solutions. Climate-friendly plant-based solutions, such as the Plant Based Treaty, are essential to alleviating poverty in countries and regions that need support and creating a livable planet for all.

We call on all development aid charities and corporation to stop animal gifting now.

Do you want to help promote healthy eating, environmental and welfare awareness? Call for new volunteers

A number of volunteering opportunities have been made available in the upper Calder Valley, an excellent way to get hands-on experience in writing, editing and leading. 3 Valley Vegans is a local group who want to inform and support people moving towards a healthy vegan lifestyle. We produce a newsletter and website and maintain a presence on social media. We also run events such as cookery demonstrations and information stalls. These activities are coordinated and delivered by a core group of volunteers who are looking to welcome and train people in the following positions.

Writer

  • Write blog posts, articles and social media updates about current issues and resolutions relating to climate change, pollution and animal welfare matters locally. 
  • Write about healthy eating initiatives and successes featuring a plant-based, vegan diet.
  • Consider actions happening in Calderdale, or activity around the world which links to us.  
  • Training in WordPress and Facebook will be provided. 
  • Ideal for someone who is passionate and keen on expanding their interest in such matters. Previous experience of writing online is desirable.

Editor

  • Oversee the writing of blog posts, articles and social media updates about current issues and resolutions relating to plant-based healthy eating, climate change, pollution and animal welfare matters locally and globally. 
  • Coordinate a newsletter 3-4 times a year, compile and proofread the writing of other people into our newsletter software.
  • Respond to minor newsletter membership/subscription matters.
  • Training in MailerLite will be provided.
  • Ideal for someone who is organised and motivated with moderate confidence using computers. Previous experience of editorial work is desirable.

Chair

  • Run a meeting of the core group of volunteers every 6-8 weeks, usually face-to-face but with an option of online attendance.
  • Follow-up any actions noted at the meetings, check people are completing them.
  • Compile an agenda of items for each meeting.
  • Training in Google Docs will be provided.
  • Ideal for someone who is organised and responsible. Previous experience of leadership is desirable.

Contact us today!

CANCELLED: 26 Sep: Great Big Green Week event: 3 Valley Vegans circular walk of Todmorden

UPDATE: Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled due to illness.

Sunday 26th September 2021, Carr and Craggs Moor and the Stones menhirs (standing stones). Around 8 miles / at least 5 hours including lunch stop. (Please note the change of date!)

The Great Big Green Week logo

The 3 Valley Vegans event for September 2021 and the Great Big Green Week is a walk in the hills to the southwest of Todmorden.  This will be a great opportunity to explore an interesting and beautiful area whilst grabbing time for informal discussions about vegan diets and their environmental, ethical and health benefits.  

The route juxtaposes renewable energy sources against coal mining in the past. It also passes through land used for animal agriculture and provides a chance to see some standing stones.  In the past, the remains of a fossilised shark have been found in this area once covered in rainforest.   

Todmorden hill walk 2
  • Booking essential: email rob@3valleyvegns.org.uk if you wish to book a place and receive rendezvous instructions.
  • Food & drink: out of respect for others on the walk, please only bring vegan food & drinks.
  • Stops: there will be a lunch stop together with a couple of snack/drink stops. Bring your own food and drink.  Ensure that you have plenty of water and energy giving snacks/fruits. There are no shops or cafes on the route.
  • Ascent: 390 metres or thereabouts.
  • Difficulty: moderate with a long steep climb near the start.  The terrain is boggy, slippery and wet in places.
  • Attire: please wear waterproof walking boots and dress appropriately for the weather. Also bring waterproof & warm clothing even if the forecast is for good weather.
  • Dogs welcome: but note that there are several stiles en route and most lack a dog-pass.  There are sheep and cows in some fields. Rabbits and deer have also been seen on this walk.
  • Walk with us at your own risk.  There will be a guide but every person joining the walk is expected to take responsibility for their own safety. There will be no formal provision of first aid support.
Sheep in Todmorden
Farming equipment in Todmorden

“Bet you’d love a bacon sandwich”

One of the clichéd comments that get thrown at vegans (and vegetarians) is the idea that we yearn to eat bacon, that euphemism for the flesh of a pig.  Even if sourced locally from one of those rare ‘free range’ pig farms, a young pig has to be slaughtered to provide that unnecessary source of nutrition known as bacon.  It’s also classified as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1) by the World Health Organisation.  

Sentient Media recently published a story about an advertising campaign by the world’s biggest pig-flesh exporter, Danish Crown.   This campaign is being challenged as greenwash; a misleading, unsubstantiated and/or irrelevant statement or claim that a product, service or company has a low impact on the environment.  In this case, the advertising campaign is an attempt to overcome the growth in public concern about the links between meat consumption and climate change.

Here’s a link to the story.  Before you read it, bear in mind that most of the pigs that end up being slaughtered for food will have come from factory farms. Viva’s film Hogwood shows the kind of conditions that pigs have to suffer in British factory farms.  Also consider the fact that a significant portion of the feed for pigs and chickens in this country is soya beans grown in South America. This has been linked with deforestation of the Amazon and forest fires.  As for the greenhouse gas emissions associated with eating a pig’s flesh compared with other foods, the graph below is derived from peer-reviewed academic research. Whilst pig flesh is not the biggest per kilogram contributor to climate change, it’s around four times worse than tofu and nearly 29 times worse than nuts.

Chart of greenhouse gas emissions of food product, where beef is by far the highest
Chart showing how beef is by far the food product responsible for the most greenhouse gas emissions. Source: OurWorldInData.org

Featured image: Sentient Media