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World Veg Festival in San Francisco

This weekend Friends of Animals is headed to and sponsoring the 16th annual WORLD VEG FESTIVAL, hosted by the San Francisco Vegetarian Society.

National "Eat Your Vegetables Day"!

You’re probably not surprised that we think everyday should be “Eat Your Vegetables Day”, but we’re still excited that the day is officially here!  

What better time to start a garden, cook a veggie-filled meal, or commit to a plant-based lifestyle change? We have some great resources below as well as a collection of some of our favorite summertime vegan dishes to inspire you today! 

NYC filled with veggie pride on Sunday

By Nicole Rivard

Marchers dressed up as animals and vegetables, waving signs that showed their support for animal rights and their pride in leading a plant-based lifestyle, processed through the old meat packing district before converging on Union Square during the eighth annual Veggie Pride Parade and Expo in New York City Sunday. “Don’t just say you love animals, go vegan,” they chanted.

FoA to participate in NYC’s Veggie Pride Parade March 29

By Nicole Rivard

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chris Hedges, who is now a contributor to the progressive, will headline the eighth annual Veggie Pride Parade and Rally on Sunday, March 29, in Union Square Park in New York City. Also speaking following the parade are Friends of Animals’ campaigns director Edita Birnkrant and local civil rights attorney Yetta Kurland, as well as a long list of leaders and activists from the veggie world.

Beyond Meat unleashes the Beast Burger

By Nicole Rivard

When Friends of Animals interviewed Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown for the summer 2014 issue of Action Line, he shared his vision for his plant-based “meats,” that they would one day end up in fast food chains where millions of people eat every day.

Albany VegFest 2014


Albany VegFest brings together the global health benefits of green sustainable living, environmental awareness, and compassion for animals and all beings. On Saturday November 15th, 2014 / 10am – 5pm, there will be a host of speakers, vendors and vegan food selections at the Polish Community Center, 225 Washington Avenue Extension in Albany. 

FoA Presentation at San Francisco's VegFest 2014

Friends of Animals’ Campaigns Director, Edita Birnkrant, gave the hard-hitting presentation, "Is It Enough to Say 'Go Vegan' or 'End Factory Farming?" at the San Francisco World Vegetarian Festival on Oct. 12, 2014.

FoA Attends Festival of Vegan Living at CAS

On Saturday, Friends of Animals participated in the “13th Annual Shindig Festival of Vegan Living” at Catskill Animal Sanctuary in New York. People of all ages celebrated compassionate living throughout the day by stopping at education stations with rescued animals throughout the sanctuary, like the one that read “Learn About Cows,” where a staff member talked about the horrors of the dairy industry as cows and calves mingled with attendees. 

San Francisco World Veg Festival

Friends of Animals is a proud sponsor of San Francisco's 15th annual World Veg Festival 

Edita Birnkrant, Campaigns Director of FoA, will be giving a lecture at the festival entitled "Is it Enough to say 'End Factory Farming' or 'Go Vegan'?" and will address issues including opposing the notion of "humane" animal products, the disastarous effects of palm oil on the world's rainforests, and the vital importance of protecting and advocating for wildlife. 

Friends of Animals to participate in Cleveland VegFest

Friends of Animals (FoA) has been chosen as one of the organizations to provide insight on embracing a plant-based lifestyle on June 7 at the Cleveland VegFest, presented by the Cleveland Vegan Society.