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Monday, 15 September 2014

International Animal Rights Conference Luxembourg 2014

 International Animal Rights Conference - Kulturfabrik, Esch Alzette.

Last week saw the fourth annual International Animal Rights Conference take place at the Kulturfabrik in Esch. For those who weren't aware, Kulturfabrik was a former abbatoir, so there is something fitting about the conference being held at this location.

The conference boasted a huge variety of international speakers ,from U.S.A, Brazil, France, Belgium, Australia and Estonia (to name just a few) and covered a wide range of topics including; Animal rights arguments, Vegan nutrition, animal testing, computer security etc.

All the presentations I attended were well researched, informative and passionately delivered generating an abundance of questions from the audience. I particuarly enjoyed the two presentations given by George Guimaraes from Veddas - (picture below) who, as a Vegan dietician, spent time answering some of my questions at the end of his talk. Thank you George!

All the food provided at the conference was Vegan, predominantly organic and offered at an amazingly reasonable price of 3 Euros (unheard of for Luxembourg:) Huge Thanks should go to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly in the kitchen and the food sponsors.

If you wanted to take a break in between presentations, there were a number of stalls selling a variety of  merchandise; everything from T-shirts, buttons and books to Vegan Cookies and toothpaste.

For a small country like Luxembourg, without it's own large animal rights community, I was Super impressed on how professional and organised everything was. Most days there were at least 300 international participants at the conference, evidence of just how highly the conference has become regarded.

If you would like more information on the conference visit

To view presentations and interviews from the conference, visit

Looking forward to the IARC 2015!

Friday, 12 September 2014

Useful resources for Vegan information

Links and info to check out for 'helpful' Vegan information

Over the last 4 years I have been on a quest to seek and find as much 'useful' information I can about Veganism/compassion and animal rights.

If you google 'Vegan' you will literally be undated with thousands of links on the subject - both good and bad. 

To save you some time surfing the internet, below is a list of just 'some' of the  resources I have 'personally' found useful since transitioning to a Vegan Lifestyle....I hope some of these will also be useful for you!


My absolute favourite Podcast has to be 'Food for Thought' by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau (picture above). Colleen has a masters in English literature and is thus an eloquent and acclaimed public speaker as well as an award winning author of 6 Vegan books. Her weekly podcasts cover a wide range of subjects including; Compassionate fashion, Advocating for animals and a brief history of 2,500 years of Veganism. What I particuarly love about Colleen is her focus on Compassion and Joyful veganism! She also understands that there is no such thing as the 'Perfect Vegan' and has practical tips/advice for overcoming the growing number of 'vegan police' whose focus sometimes borders on the fanatical rather than the compassionate. You can follow Food for Thought on her website - or subscribe via ITunes/Stitcher or SoundCloud. 

Animal Rights Books 

So the list of great Animal Rights books out there is pretty awesome and thankfully growing 'everyday' so here are just five of my favourites:-

  1. Animal Liberation - Peter Singer (but anything by Peter is great:)
  2. Thanking the Monkey - Karen Dawn
  3. Eating animals -Jonathan safran foer
  4. Why we love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows - Melanie Joy Ph.D. and John Robbins
  5. Pig who sang to the moon -Jeffrey moussaieff Masson

More and more films/documentaries focused on Animal rights and Veganism emerge every year. Most of these are funded independently and take years to produce against massive political lobbying against them. We should be thankful to all these 'brave' film makers for putting themselves out there and ensuring the voices of the 'voiceless' are heard. Again, these are just a few of my faves:-

  • Earthlings - A film by Nation Earth -
  • Speciesism: The Movie -
  • The Ghosts in our Machine -
  • The Cove -
  • Blackfish -
  • Food.Inc -
  • Forks over Knives -

Vegan Books on Cooking and Nutrition 

Whether or not you also believe that 'Vegan is the new Black,' you can't deny that yet 'Another' vegan cook book/nutrition book is published almost weekly these days. On alone there are over 6,800 Vegan and Vegetarian books available....That's a heck of a lot of reading! Again I've listed a few of my 'Go To...' cookbooks and nutrition guides I have used over the years. I should caveat that I also have an nutrionist who guides me with my Vegan diet, something incredibly beneficial when you are first making the switch to a 100% Vegan diet  -'Stephanie R you are a Rock Star!'

  • One Dish Vegan - Robin Robertson
  • The Vegan Table - Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
  • Skinny Bitch Ultimate everyday cookbook - Kim Barnouin
  • The Oh She Glows cookbook - Angela Liddon
  • Veganomicon - Isa Chandra Moskowitz (Actually anything by Isa is great!)
  • Mouthwatering Vegan - Miriam Sorrell
  • Great Gluten-Free Vegan eats - Allyson Kramer
  • Vegan for Her - Virginia Messina (nutrition)
  • Vegan for Life - Jack Norris/Virginia Messina (nutrition)
  • Forks over Knives - Gene Stone (nutrition)

Last but absolutely not least, some useful websites to check out - (Compassion over Killing)

And Luxembourg specific...... (Vegan Society Luxembourg) (see banner above.) I will be reviewing the IARC in one of my next blogs.

Please let me know if you have any other recommendations/suggestions:)

Ready?! Review

Ready is a newish (opened June 2014) cafe on Avenue Du Bois in Limpertsberg close to the Halle Victor hugo.

As a resident of Limpertsberg, a coffee lover and vegan....I was more than just a little bit excited about Ready?! and eager to try it out.

The first thing you notice when you enter 'Ready?!' is the uber cool decor which is mostly recycled; the comfy lounge chairs ,which don't match but are incredibly eclectic, and most importantly the bikes hanging on the walls (hence the logo I assume:) There is a magazine rack, a whole host of board games to play and lots of inspirational/whimsical signs on the walls. In short it's the kind of place you would like to hang out ALL DAY if you could:)

The owners, Connie and Yuki, are Super friendly and always welcome you with a Big smile and cheery hello. 'Kindfulness' ,to quote Ajahn Brahm, is in abudance here and it's extremely contagious!!

The menu at 'Ready?!' has a strong focus on simple, wholesome, eco friendly and delicious food. There are several choices for Vegans including the 'Go Veggie' sandwich, the falafel and hummus wrap and the 'Sharing platters' for 3-4 persons. There are also vegan cookies or muffins, Bircher musli for breakfast and fresh fruit. All the food is presented beautifully in kraft paper with string and mason jars, ensuring it doesn't just taste good but looks fantastic too!

As a coffee lover extrodinaire, I can also confirm without a shadow of a doubt, that the soy latte is the BEST I have EVER tasted in Luxembourg (trust me I have tried a few....) The coffee comes from Mondo del and is 'AWESOME!' For those in a hurry you can also grab a coffee to go as you make your way to work in the morning (Ready?! opens at 7am Tuesday-Friday.)
For more information on Ready?! visit their facebook page - or read the review by my friends at the Orla Collective -

Massive respect to Connie and Yuki! Ready?! is a breath of fresh air for Luxembourg and I couldn't be happier that it's right on my doorstep:)

35 Avenue du Bois