On 24th January 2024, the Vegan Society of Ireland was officially launched. However, it was not created from scratch, but it was a rebranding of the Vegetarian Society of Ireland, which in 2022 decided to change its name in a decision carried unanimously at their 2022 AGM. As many of its members have already transitioned from vegetarianism to veganism, this was seen as the natural conclusion. This is something that probably other vegetarian societies in the world should be thinking about.

The Vegan Society of Ireland already has over 50 volunteers, and more are expected to join now that the new website has been launched. Vegans and vegetarians are encouraged to join as members, and they can also avail of several discounts. The group plans to increase awareness of veganism in Ireland by running campaigns and educating the public using events, dialogue with other organisations and media exposure.

Bronwyn Slater, a spokesperson for the new organisation said in a press release, “I’m absolutely delighted that we have finally reached the stage where we are about to launch the Vegan Society of Ireland.  It has taken a long time, and vegans in Ireland really need an organisation like this to represent them and to stand up for veganism in Ireland…The vision of the VSI is to foster a compassionate, sustainable lifestyle that benefits all species and the environment. We envision an Ireland where veganism is mainstream and animal exploitation is eradicated.  We are not anti-farmer.  We want the government to encourage and financially support farmers who want to transition to either plant-based farming or other livelihoods that don’t involve animals.  We would love to see Ireland become a hub for plant-based start-ups and a major producer and exporter of plant-based foods. The world is on the brink of an environmental disaster.  Veganism is good for animals, for the planet and for health. Veganism is an ethical position and so vegans avoid all animal-based foods, clothing and products that have been tested on animals.  We don’t need to eat animals and we don’t need to use animals for any reason.”

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’.