Why Veg event will promote plant-based lifestyle


Vegan burgers with beans and vegetables served with spinach. File photo



On Monday, Apr. 3, Guelph Students for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (GSETA) will be hosting the second annual ‘Why Veg’ event in the University Centre’s Peter Clark Hall from 5:30 – 9 p.m. to educate members of the Guelph community and foster a discussion about animal consumption.

This event will feature free food, door prizes, speakers, and resources for anyone who wants to access more information about a plant-based lifestyle.

Guests will include Professor Andrew Hunt, award winning author from the University of Waterloo, Professor Tony Weis from the University of Western Ontario, and fitness trainer and coach Alex Ciccone.

“‘Why Veg’ is an event we put on to create a space for inspiration, learning and change. This year we want the evening to be a totally non-judgmental area, free and open to questions and comments people may have about veganism and vegetarianism. We understand that we are living in a time and place that gives us the ability to choose what we eat and when we eat it. This choice is a beautiful thing not to be taken for granted. The evening will look at the importance of the choices we make and how we can all grow and change our priorities and choices to set the trajectory of our generation to be more respectful environmentally, socially and ethically, ” said Lily Anne Yvonne Leclipteux, GSETA President.

The main focus of this event will be to create an inclusive dialogue about the ideas and realities that surround eating animals. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from esteemed academics, writers, and health experts in a welcoming and non-judgmental space.

Dr. Andrew Hunt is an award-winning author and history professor at the University of Waterloo. He is the creator of a blog titled Planet of the Animals. He was also the author of a letter writing campaign to educate former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin about animal rights. He will be speaking on the promotion of a positive vegan community.

Tony Weis is an expert on political ecology and the environmental effects of eating animals. His 2013 book The Ecological Hoofprint: The Global Burden of Industrial Livestock offers compelling insight into how industrialized animal production is connected to a broad range of social and environmental issues.

Alex Ciccone is a health and fitness expert who emphasizes the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. He will be speaking to the positive impacts a plant- based diet can have on your health and fitness as well as dispelling some common myths about a vegan diet.

The event will be catered and vegan food will be provided free of charge for those who attend.