Vegan 101 at the University of Alabama in Huntsville

Tonight Huntsville Vegans held an educational outreach event on the University of Alabama in Huntsville campus.

Each student received an information packet that contained a vegetarian starter kit, a Farm to Fridge dvd, and resources on health and nutrition.

We had three speakers at this event.

Melissa Baker encouraged students to pursue careers in vegan business. She emphasized that this is a growing market, and that as more people become ethical consumers they will begin looking at labels and tags to see if it is vegan and cruelty-free.

Lucy spoke to students about the environmental impact of factory farming. She pointed out the amount of water needed to create a pound of vegetables and the amount of water needed to create a pound of meat. The difference was staggering – 10 gallons of water to create a pound of vegetables, versus 5,000 gallons of water for a pound of meat.

Our last speaker was Peter Young, who brought the horrors of the slaughterhouse close to home with his descriptions of the factory farming process.

At the end of the event there was a brief Q&A, followed by drawings for door prizes that included vegan chocolate chip cookies, PETA’s College Cookbook, a Fowl Play dvd, Comfortably Unaware, and Huntsville Vegans t-shirts.

We would like to thank Tiffany Webb for inviting us to speak to the UAH students, for providing vegan snacks and drinks, and for going out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed.

The best news is that several students have told us they are going vegetarian as a result of this event! We’re excited that a new generation is considering a lifestyle that has enormous positive effects for their health, the environment, and of course, the lives of animals.

If you are a UAH student and are interested in learning more about a vegan lifestyle, visit the Facebook event page for the upcoming UAH Vegan Club Interest Meeting.

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