Young Indian Vegetarians at Olympia Vegfest

Nitin at Vegfest

AIA Patron, Nitin Mehta MBE, took the Young Indian Vegetarians stall to the Olympia Vegfest held in Kensington on 21st and 22nd October.

Around 15,000 people attended over the two days. Vegan lifestyle is now the fastest growing lifestyle.  At Nitin’s stall, two people agreed to go vegetarian and 15 vegetarians agreed to go vegan.  Special thanks to Reema Ajmera for helping to run the stall.

Petition to Ban Driven Grouse Shooting – Please Sign


Mismanagement of UK uplands for Driven Grouse Shooting leads to the illegal killing and persecution of British raptors, including Hen Harriers, Golden Eagles and Peregrine Falcons and causes significant flood risk, water pollution and environmental damage contributing to global climate change.

Sign the petition here:

*Raptors, Foxes, Badgers, Stoats, Hedgehogs and Mountain Hare are killed in their thousands each year
*Draining of peat bog (internationally valuable Carbon storage resource) and burning of heather has been shown to pollute our waterways, increase lowland flooding and cause significant environmental damage, contributing to climate change
*Grouse moorland estates and wealthy landowners have so far received £20m+ in subsidies paid for by the tax payer


CIWF & WWF Extinction & Livestock Conference a Great Success

Extinction Conference 3

On 5th & 6th October 2017 Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) held their ground-breaking Extinction and Livestock Conference at the QEII Centre in Westminster, London. The conference brought together animal welfare organisations and environmental organisations to highlight both the cruelty and the unsustainability of large-scale factory farming and to suggest solutions to prevent the imminent threat of Farmageddon.

The first session, chaired by Joy Carter, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Winchester, set the planetary scene. The second session, chaired by Stanley Johnson, environmentalist, politician and author, highlighted the impacts of livestock production on the natural world, while the third session, chaired by David Madden, former British Ambassador, highlighted the impacts of livestock production on societies. The fourth session was divided into three parallel sessions to look at policy solutions that worked for people and the planet, animals, and the future, respectively. On day two, the fifth session was chaired by Jeremy Wates, the Secretary General of the European Environment Bureau (EEB) and was entitled ‘Moving to flourishing food systems’. The sixth session, chaired by Joyce D’Silva, CIWF’s Ambassador Emeritus, concerned healthy eating and was entitled ‘healthy people, healthy planet’, while the seventh and final session was about future food solutions.

There was an array of high profile key speakers, including CIWF’s own Chief Executive, Philip Lymbery and their Chief Policy Advisor, Peter Stevenson; WWF’s Executive Director of Global Programmes, Glyn Davies; Martin Palmer, Secretary General of Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC); John Webster, Professor Emeritus at the University of Bristol; Don Broom, Emeritus Professor of Animal Welfare at Cambridge University; Tony Juniper, former Executive Director of Friends of the Earth and many others, including some by video link, such as Dr Jane Goodall DBE. Finally there were speakers who had set up businesses to help resolve the problems, such as Martia Lettini, director of Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return (FAIRR) which invests only in ethical farming practices; Kevin Brennan, CEO of Quorn Foods Ltd and Seth Goldman, Executive Chair of Beyond Meat, whose burger CIWF patron, Joanna Lumley, is pictured tasting. Delicious vegan food was served throughout the two days of the conference.

The conference marked the beginning of a new movement for a humane and sustainable future, a turning point away from the imminent farmageddon of large-scale agriculture and factory farming. For further details see

Listen to AIA’s Marian Hussenbux on Migratory Birds, on Safe & Sound FM

Marian HussenbuxListen to AIA’s International Campaign Manager, Marian Hussenbux, being interviewed on Safe & Sound FM, the animal rights radio station, about individual and threatened migratory birds, increasingly affected by climate change and other man-made factors, which are followed by webcam.

Safe & Sound Radio can be found here:

New Jewish Veg – Rabbinic Statement on Plant-based Diet

“Judaism’s way of life, its dietary practices, are designed to ennoble the human spirit. It is therefore a contradiction in terms to claim that products that come through a process that involves inordinate cruelty and barbarity toward animal life can truly be considered kosher in our world. In our world today, it is precisely a plant-based diet that is truly consonant with the most sublime teachings of Judaism and of the highest aspirations of our heritage.”

Rabbi David Rosen, Former Chief Rabbi of Ireland 

We, the undersigned rabbis, encourage our fellow Jews to transition toward animal-free, plant-based diets. This approach to sustenance is an expression of our shared Jewish values of compassion for animals, protection of the environment, and concern for our physical and spiritual well-being.


Jewish Veg Rabbinic Council 
Rabbi David Wolpe Rabbi Raymond Apple Rabbi Aaron Levy
Rabbi Katy Z. Allen Rabbi Annie Belford Rabbi Benjamim Levy
Rabbi Nelly Altenburger Rabbi Aaron Benson Rabbi Natan Levy
Rabbi Dr. Analia Bortz Rabbi Matthew Berger Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo
Rabbi Rick Brody Rabbi Binyamin Biber Rabbi Yonatan Neril
Rabbi Boris Dolin Rabbi Rachel Brown Rabbi Danny Newman
Rabbi Robert Judd Rabbi Janet Burden Rabbi Hillel Norry
Rabbi Andy Kastner Rabbi Prof. Geoffrey Claussen Rabbi Avi Olitzky
Rabbi Jonathan Klein Rabbi Aryeh Cohen Rabbi Kerry Olitzky
Rabbi Jonathan Rubenstein Rabbi Robert Davis Rabbi Rabbi Carl Perkins
Rabbi Alexandria Shuval-Weiner Rabbi Art Donsky Rabbi Nina Perlmutter
Rabbi Barry Silver Rabbi Steven Exler Rabbi Jonah Rank
Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb Rabbi Yossi Feintuch Rabbi Ed Rosenthal
Rabbi Marc Soloway Rabbi Lori Feldstein-Gardner Rabbi Samuel Samtosha Steinberg
Rabbi Beni Wajnberg Rabbi Adam Frank Rabbi Barry Schwartz
Rabbi Ariann Weitzman Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin Rabbi Arthur Segal
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz Rabbi Stephen Fuchs Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Rabbi Yonassan Gershom Rabbi Camille Shira Angel
Rabbi Shefa Gold Rabbi Andy Shugerman
Rabbi Aaron Goldstein Rabbi Daniel Sperber
Rabbi Elyse Goldstein Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen
Rabbi Jeremy Gordon Rabbi Elyse Wechterman
Rabbi Bonny Grosz Rabbi Dr. Raysh Weiss
Rabbi Jay Herman Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn Rabbi Ben-Hayil Yellen
Rabbi Dr. Deborah Kahn-Harris Lina Zerbarini
Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black
Rabbi Max Kohanzad Rabbinic or Cantorial Students
Rabbi Tzvi Koren Laura Bellows
Rabbi Michael Kramer Aryeh Bernstein
Rabbi Paul Kurland David Fair


Jewish Veg wishes to thank the U.K.-based Jewish Vegetarian Society for helping to recruit rabbis to sign this statement.


This Statement is signed by 13 Orthodox rabbis, 24 Conservative rabbis, 25 Reform rabbis, 8 Reconstructionist rabbis, 3 transdenominational rabbis, 1 Renewal rabbi and 1 Secular Humanist rabbi, as well as by 2 rabbinic students and one cantorial student.