VEGANISM VS. ANIMAL PROTEIN CONSUMPTION

Veganism is a movement with a growing social footprint that spreads its cause through activism and politics. Some social interactions of vegans have also contributed to the development of vegaphobia, especially within communities directly or indirectly dependent on animal production for food consumption. The European Union relies on small to medium-sized farming to feed its population and to sell surplus agricultural produce outside the EU. Small to medium sized farms are more easily transformed into more modern and sustainable farming units than large intensive farms. However, a reduction in the production of meat and food of animal origin (milk, eggs, etc.) would cause significant economic hardship for farmers. Currently, there is no EU policy aimed at reducing the production of meat and food of animal origin, nor are active measures being taken to change farming practices away from the production of animal proteins in line with the vegan philosophy. EU agricultural policy is mainly aimed at optimizing food production in terms of market regulation and protection of nature and vulnerable rural communities. It is also important to note that the vegan market in the EU is growing rapidly and should not be ignored.
The extreme opinion tendencies of vegans and their opponents have arisen from the diversity of opinion dynamics and the presence of individual "stubbornness". However, some people and professions are caught between opposing groups and opinions because they cannot afford to choose sides, or they would lose their purpose and mission. Veterinary medicine is one such profession. Veterinarians are tasked with protecting animals, yet most of them consume animal proteins. Veterinarians must also treat carnivorous pets that are fed vegan diets by their vegan owners, thus transferring the eating disorders common in the vegan community to the animals. These practices are also at odds with the vegan philosophy, as they can harm animals. The differences of opinion are becoming so great that they should no longer be ignored. Adjusting to these differences should begin with discussion, education, research, and policies based on reliable and transparent data.

Learning Community Activities

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Past activities

Plenary panel and guest lectures: A look into the flesh

This hibrid EUTOPIA event was held on 4th of October, 2023 on Veterinary faculty, University of Ljubljana and was  focused on the culture of animal protein consumption. The first lecture was given by Prof. Federica Marie Giovanna Timeto, entitled The Bodies of Meat. She shed light on the background of the animal protein industry from the perspective of a feminist vegan. Dr Timeto's talk was followed by a lively exchange of views and a question-and-answer session.

Dr Timeto's rather revolutionary views on society consuming animal proteins were later balanced by Dr Vengust's lecture entitled "Not exactly a traditional source of meat", which focused on the ethical aspect of being a veterinarian in a sustainable (vegan) society. This lecture was followed by an interesting debate and question and answer session.
Link to the video footage of the seminar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXD2Il2K-wM .

Federica
Federica

Modest
Modest

A guest lecture of dr. Elizabeth Tavella from the University of Chicago:

The Politics of Milk

Hybrid session held on 5th of April 2023

Link to the activity footage: https://mega.nz/file/sspDzIDD#KvMn41R-M-VRCkBO_6T_fbMDuNXktYJj6CEwjLjYHx4 .

dr. Tavella
dr. Tavella

How to get involved?

Students and Educators

Contact the EUTOPIA curriculum team: Laura Šimenc (Laura.Simenc@vf.uni-lj.si) and Karen Triquet (karen.triquet@vub.be).

Learning Community Members


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Lead: Modest Vengušt (UL). Email: Modest.Vengust@vf.uni-lj.si

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Partner: Federica Maria Giovanna TIMETO (UNIVE). Email: federica.timeto@unive.it

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Assistant: Laura Šimenc (UL). Email: Laura.Simenc@vf.uni-lj.si Accordion titlecoming soon

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