Viva!

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Viva!'s best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Viva! is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

vivahealth.org.uk

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32 | NEWTON DEE CAMPHILL COMMUNITY
Before the UK joined the European
Union, Camphill was so highly
regarded that foreign nationals would
receive special dispensation from the
Home Office until they could apply for
permanent residence due to the nature
of their unique and dedicated service
to people with special needs.
After the UK joined the EU, those from
overseas countries could only come for a
year on the tier five visa and on occasion
return for a second or third year. Due
to freedom of movement, we started to
rely more and more on EU volunteers –
at present it looks like we will lose this
opportunity as well. This will mean the
end of the Camphill community run by
volunteers who choose to live alongside
adults with special needs.
Our departure from the EU will spell
the end of equality between residents
and co-workers and make it harder to
build genuine relationships. Instead
more and more people will be involved
in shift systems with fewer or no funds
available to invest in the community. It
will widen the gap between short-term
volunteers and long-term co-workers
and instead of being able to retain those
few individuals who are committed
and competent for this unique lifestyle,
we will have to make different choices
that will make it harder to build and
maintain thecommunity.
Camphill visa
Living in a Camphill community is one
choice among many for people with
special needs. It does not suit everyone,
resident or co-worker. Those it does
suit can have a rich and fulfilling life
and the opportunity to form genuine
friendships with peers based on
freedom within a safeenvironment.
The only way to continue running
our community is to allow foreign
nationals to settle and dedicate their
lives to Camphill if they wish to do
so. We believe that a “Camphill visa”
for the first ten years of service in
a Camphill community could be a
straightforwardsolution.
We are currently looking into setting
up a space for elderly care, dedicated
to those with special needs in addition
to other later life demands. In a society
where there is a distinct lack of care
for the elderly, we believe there has
never been a more pertinent time to
deliver these aims.
Before the UK
joined the
European
Union,
Camphill was
so highly
regarded that
foreign
nationals
would receive
special
dispensation
from the
Home Office
Erol Tekvar with a
German volunteer
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COMMUNITY
Founder and Director
JulietGellatley
Viva! was launched 25 years ago. Here,
Founder and Director Juliet campaigns
outside Sainsbury’s, urging them to stop
selling kangaroo meat – which they did,
followed by all UK supermarkets
Founded 25 years ago, Viva! is the UK’s first vegan
campaigning charity. With three central pillars – Viva!
Animals, Viva! Planet and Viva! Health – the organisation
is driven by research and fights to “stop cruelty and harm to
animals”. Founder and Director Juliet Gellatley believes you
should love animals, not eat them – and that’s why Viva!
monitors research, helps people to change their diet and
campaigns about the environmental impact of the meat, fish
and dairy industries. She tells
The Parliamentary Review
about
the great many Viva! projects.
Viva! has reclaimed the word “vegan” from late-night comedians and turned it
into a national phenomenon. We did it because it was necessary – for our health,
the global environment and to combat animal suffering. We did it by relying on a
growing mountain of peer-reviewed science; by sharing eyewitness accounts; by
professional campaigning; and by our headline-grabbing undercover investigations
into intensive factory farming.
Viva! La Vegans
We were founded 25 years ago in a Cheshire village; prior to that, I had been
director of The Vegetarian Society. We moved to Brighton and then Bristol, where
we are currently based, leaving a vegan trail behind us. Viva! is still directed by
Juliet Gellatley and as a registered charity, survives solely on public donations.
Viva! Campaigns, which carries out our covert investigations, is a not-for-
profitorganisation.
FACTS ABOUT
VIVA!
»Founder and Director:
JulietGellatley
»Founded in 1994
»Located in Bristol
»Services: Campaigning for
veganism
»No. of employees: 30
Viva!
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34 | VIVA!
Of all the subjects on which to
campaign, veganism is among the
most difficult. Championing cats
and dogs or stopping performing
bears requires nothing of supporters
but their money. Veganism, on the
other hand, advocates a fundamental
change in people’s diet to exclude all
animal products – meat, dairy, fish,
shellfish, wool, leather, fur and animal
by-products.
We are not a club, clique or a religion
and our supporters are not required
to sign a declaration in blood that
they will eschew all these foods in
order to support us. We simply ask
that they understand the imperatives
of veganism, support our objectives
and move towards a kinder, more
sustainable diet.
These objectives are determined by the
ever-more threatening situation that
faces us. We have an environmental
emergency, a health emergency and
a double animal emergency – the
suffering of billions of farmed animals
for a food we do not need is the main
driver behind a growing extinction of
wildanimals.
A contradiction in terms
Viva! has four sections, the biggest
being Viva! Animals
.
There is hardly
a media outlet that has not at some
time covered our exposés of animal
suffering on Britain’s intensive farms
– which now account for more than
80 per cent of all meat and dairy.
Despite distressing footage from all
kinds of poultry farms, egg and dairy
producers and pig units, the official
response has always been: “we have
the best animal welfare in the world”
despite overwhelming evidence to
the contrary. Our research is clear:
intensive farming and good animal
welfare are a contradiction in terms.
We have backed up our exposés with
friendly street actions in cities across
the UK, getting people to sample
foods such as plant milks, vegan ice
creams and sausages, which opens
the door to discussing the wider
implications of animal-based diets. Our
online Vegan Recipe Club helps further
with hundreds of illustrated plant-
based recipes.
Viva! Health produces fully referenced
scientific reports on subjects such as
breast cancer, heart disease and every
aspect of vegan health and nutrition.
It, too, has faced official headwinds,
with claims that “meat is essential for
good health” or that vegan diets are
severely lacking. Science is our ally –
cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes
and so on; the diseases that kill off
most of us – have roots firmly buried in
animal products.
Viva! has organised
hundreds of vegan
festivals across the UK.
Viva! events have helped
tens of thousands of
people change to a
kinder, healthier diet
Viva! rescued six piglets
from a factory farm
when they were just
three weeks old; Lily
Bubbles (pictured),
starred in Viva!’s cinema
advert – the first vegan
cinema ad in the UK
Of all the
subjects on
which to
campaign,
veganism is
among the
most difficult
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THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
34 | VIVA!
Of all the subjects on which to
campaign, veganism is among the
most difficult. Championing cats
and dogs or stopping performing
bears requires nothing of supporters
but their money. Veganism, on the
other hand, advocates a fundamental
change in people’s diet to exclude all
animal products – meat, dairy, fish,
shellfish, wool, leather, fur and animal
by-products.
We are not a club, clique or a religion
and our supporters are not required
to sign a declaration in blood that
they will eschew all these foods in
order to support us. We simply ask
that they understand the imperatives
of veganism, support our objectives
and move towards a kinder, more
sustainable diet.
These objectives are determined by the
ever-more threatening situation that
faces us. We have an environmental
emergency, a health emergency and
a double animal emergency – the
suffering of billions of farmed animals
for a food we do not need is the main
driver behind a growing extinction of
wildanimals.
A contradiction in terms
Viva! has four sections, the biggest
being Viva! Animals
.
There is hardly
a media outlet that has not at some
time covered our exposés of animal
suffering on Britain’s intensive farms
– which now account for more than
80 per cent of all meat and dairy.
Despite distressing footage from all
kinds of poultry farms, egg and dairy
producers and pig units, the official
response has always been: “we have
the best animal welfare in the world”
despite overwhelming evidence to
the contrary. Our research is clear:
intensive farming and good animal
welfare are a contradiction in terms.
We have backed up our exposés with
friendly street actions in cities across
the UK, getting people to sample
foods such as plant milks, vegan ice
creams and sausages, which opens
the door to discussing the wider
implications of animal-based diets. Our
online Vegan Recipe Club helps further
with hundreds of illustrated plant-
based recipes.
Viva! Health produces fully referenced
scientific reports on subjects such as
breast cancer, heart disease and every
aspect of vegan health and nutrition.
It, too, has faced official headwinds,
with claims that “meat is essential for
good health” or that vegan diets are
severely lacking. Science is our ally –
cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes
and so on; the diseases that kill off
most of us – have roots firmly buried in
animal products.
Viva! has organised
hundreds of vegan
festivals across the UK.
Viva! events have helped
tens of thousands of
people change to a
kinder, healthier diet
Viva! rescued six piglets
from a factory farm
when they were just
three weeks old; Lily
Bubbles (pictured),
starred in Viva!’s cinema
advert – the first vegan
cinema ad in the UK
Of all the
subjects on
which to
campaign,
veganism is
among the
most difficult
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COMMUNITY
Removing the NHS from
intensive care
Vegans tend to live longer and suffer
less from degenerative disease than
meat eaters and such a diet could be
the one thing that will remove our NHS
from intensive care.
Viva! Planet shows the chilling impact
that animal agriculture is having on the
global environment, its scientific detail
drawn from our recently published
report,
Envirocidal.
When we started campaigning 25
years ago, we wrote about the
looming crisis of global warming
and the part that livestock play in
it – being the second largest source
of greenhouse gases. We warned of
the phenomenon known as positive
feedback, when frozen tundra begins
to defrost and release trillions of tons
of methane – each release triggering
a little more warming, which results
in a little more methane issuing
forth … and so on until the process
becomes unstoppable. It has already
begun, which is why the IPCC predict
that we have just 12 to 20 years in
which to dramatically cut releases of
greenhousegases.
We were also warning that livestock
were the driving force behind nearly
all the environmental catastrophes
across the globe – deforestation to
soil degradation, loss of wildlife to
spreading deserts, nitrogen pollution
to antibiotic-resistant superbugs and
more. How prescient that now seems
as the Amazon burns uncontrollably.
We issued these warnings 25 years
ago, not because we’re clairvoyant but
because the science was already there
– as it was with health. Back then, we
were very lonely voices crying out, into
a public arena devoid of information.
Those listening to us grew slowly until
now we have a vegan revolution on
our hands.
There is some gratification that our
claims have been further substantiated
by much new science but we still
wonder why the recognition of the
world’s problems and their causes has
taken so long, and why it was left to
groups such as us to fight the good
fight. If we are to seriously tackle these
enormous problems with the urgency
needed, science and common sense
must not continue to be eclipsed by
commercial and political self-interest.
When we
started
campaigning
25years ago,
we wrote about
the looming
crisis of global
warming and
the part that
livestock play
init
Juliet received a
standing ovation as she
launched the Vegan
Now campaign to an
audience of 500 people.
Viva! gives talks across
the UK on animal
welfare, health and the
environment

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This article was sponsored by Viva!. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development