From April 16-19, animal advocates from across Canada came together in Toronto for the National Animal Welfare Conference, hosted by the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies. Food for Thought Canada Coordinator, Patti Nyman, delivered a presentation on the Food for Thought program as part of a panel called "Does What We Eat at Events Matter?" Co-panelists included Nicholas Gilman, executive director of the Montreal SPCA, and Geoff Urton, senior manager of stakeholder relations at the BC SPCA. The panel was popular, inspiring, and community-building.
The conference was a huge success! The atmosphere was both cooperative and collaborative, and critical and challenging. The food was delicious: all veg, mostly vegan, and included a nacho bar at the opening reception, an Indian-inspired buffet, wraps and sandwiches, burritos, mixed salads, and out-of-this-world cupcakes! Our table was busy, as attendees pondered our message, and we handed out 40 Advocate Toolkits, 35 Campaign DVDs, Humane Eating Guides, and lots of literature about Animal Place! Our panel was one of the most well-attended sessions, and shelter staff from the largest to the smallest of organizations were ready to have conversations about the food they serve at events. Many are bringing their enthusiasm about the campaign back to their organizations so they can begin working toward a plant-based menu policy.
With 5 regional coordinators across the US and Canada, we're so excited to bring the message of compassion for all species to the sheltering community! Get in touch if you'd like to see us at your event!
food for thought staff hit up sheltering events
“Just take the vegan word out of it and say 'good food.' That's what it is,” White said.
Expo attendees enjoyed Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, and other ethnic cuisines. HSUS was quite casual about its approach to serving vegan fare. While all the offerings were animal-friendly, none of the food was labeled specifically vegan, which has turned out to be a more inviting approach for the average conference goer.
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