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Vegan contacts

Looking for other vegans for friendship and support? This section has links to vegan forums, newsletters, national support groups, campaign groups and annual events. And there's also a special page for vegan homepages and a list of vegan-run animal sanctuaries for those who'd like to get involved in volunteer work.

Vegan forums

Vegan Chat Room

UK-based chat site, also includes a comprehensive links directory.

The Vegan Forum

International vegan message boards, with a UK section.

Vegan Virtual Supper Club

Flickr photo-based site.

Vegan Bodybuilding Forum

A new forum for vegans wanting to get fit and healthy.

Plus a special mention for VeggieBoards which includes vegan, raw food, animal rights and environmental forums, and the VegParentsUk Yahoo Group who are looking for new members. You'll also find vegans on Twitter and Facebook.

Vegan newsletters

VegBlogs

A summary of all the latest vegan blog posts from around the net. (For more blogs see the homepages.)

Vegan News

Includes news, recipes, product reviews and veganic gardening tips.

Vegan Views

Long-running newsletter available by subscription in printed or PDF format.

Violet's Vegan Comics

Comics for vegan children.

Support groups

Vegan Society

As well as providing useful information about going vegan, the Vegan Society holds a list of local vegan contacts who you can get in touch with to find out about vegan life in your area.

Vegan Family House

A website for vegan families. Includes advice on common vegan parenting issues, links for vegan children, information on vaccinations, plus recipes and a vegan chocolate page!

Vegan Bodybuilding

Offers help and support to vegans looking to gain size, lose fat or get into better shape. Vegan Bodybuilding also runs related contests at the vegan fayres.

Vegan Prisoners Support Group

Practical help and support for vegan 'crimes of conscience' prisoners.

The Fresh Network

News, recipes and contacts for raw food vegans.

Veggie Vision

The UK's first vegan-run 'internet TV station'.

Plus a special mention for the vegan-run Veggie Romance and Vegetarian and Vegan Matchmakers dating agencies.

Campaign groups

Animal Aid

Animal Aid is the UK's largest animal rights organisation. They campaign against all animal abuse and promote a vegan lifestyle. Animal Aid also organise the annual Christmas Without Cruelty Fayre in London.

Uncaged Campaigns

Uncaged campaign against vivisection with a particular focus on the politics of animal rights. They co-ordinate the annual International Animal Rights Day and the campaign for a Universal Declaration of Animal Rights. In 2000 Uncaged published Diaries of Despair - the secret history of pig-to-primate organ transplants. In 2005 they launched the ground-breaking Protecting Animals in Democracy initiative.

Animals Count

Animals Count is a political party focusing on respect and compassion for all living beings. They aim to set the best policies for animals, encourage other political parties to become more animal friendly, and contest local and European elections.

Dr Hadwen Trust

The Dr Hadwen Trust promotes the development of techniques and procedures to replace the use of animals in biomedical research, testing and teaching. They fund research by scientists and encourage (through publicity and education) the wider adoption of such techniques.

HIPPO

HIPPO is dedicated to relieving poverty and overcoming hunger and malnutrition in poor countries through the provision and production of vegan food. They help veg*an orphanages and some of the poorest families in the community, and encourage and assist the development of sustainable agriculture and horticulture.

Respect for Animals

Respect for Animals campaign against the fur trade. They run the annual Design Against Fur competition and were responsible for the iconic anti-fur advertising campaign of the 80's.

Spiralseed

Spiralseed produces a permaculture guide and vegan guide and cookbook. They offer a forest garden and permaculture design consultancy, and run permaculture courses throughout the year.

Vegan Campaigns

Works to raise awareness of veganism and organises information stalls and other vegan events in London.

Vegan-Organic Network

The Vegan-Organic Network is a charity 'devoted to education about animal-free food growing'. They produce a regular magazine and provide information for both large- and small-scale growers.

Vega Research

Vega Research campaigns on farming and human health issues. Sponsors research into vegan nutrition and the links between diet and health.

Vegfam

Vegfam is a vegan charity which provides relief to victims of drought, flood, war and other emergencies. Vegfam takes minimal administration costs from the money raised and when you donate you can choose for your donation to go entirely towards your preferred project.

Viva!

Viva! campaigns against factory farming and organises The Incredible Veggie Roadshow. They also set up the Vegetarian and Vegan Foundation which monitors research relating to diet and health.

Annual events

Vegan Camp

Annual event, camping for two weeks at a different location each year. The 2012 camp is in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, from 4th August to 18th August.

Veggie Snow

Annual vegan skiing trips.

Animal Aid's Christmas Fayre

Animal Aid's annual feelgood event at Kensington Town Hall, London. Usually 1st Sunday of December.

London Vegan Festival

Usually takes place in August at Kensington Town Hall, London W8 7NX.

VegfestUK Brighton

Takes place in March each year at the Hove Centre.

VegfestUK Bristol

Takes place in May each year at The Amphitheatre and Waterfront Square.

West Midlands Vegan Festival

Saturday 27th October 2012 at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall.