The Hull Vegan Festival, in the city of Kingston upon Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire, the northeast of England, is set to return on Sunday 4th June 2023 for another year, raising funds again for non-human animals with disabilities of an animal sanctuary. The event returned last year after a hiatus during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

It will be hosted at Hull City Hall from 11 am to 4 pm showcasing the best of what veganism has to offer. It will feature food stalls, charity stalls, and live music. The proceeds will go toward Pudz Animal Sanctuary, which cares for injured non-human animals or with disabilities in South Killingholme, North Lincolnshire. Last year, when the festival was a success, it hosted around 40 stalls selling plant-based food and vegan merchandise.

Shena Fairless, the event’s organiser who also runs Pudz Animal Sanctuary, said to Hull Live: “We’re returning now for our 6th  year, after launching the festival in 2017. We had to suspend the festival because of Covid, and initially, we weren’t sure if the festival would be a success when it returned last year, but it actually ended up being really, really good!…”We are caring for around 120 animals at the moment, and many of them are disabled. We have dogs who are missing legs, dogs who are blind, and disabled cats, among others. The Hull Vegan Festival is really important as it keeps us going. We need to run fundraisers like this to continue providing care to our animals…The festival is open to everyone, and we’d love for some meat eaters to come along and give it a try!”

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.