3 Valley Vegans Newsletter
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Welcome to the August newsletter


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This month:

  • UN climate change report calls for human diet changes, 3VV interviewed on BBC radio
  • Grouse shooting: what can you do to help?
  • Animal Rebellion protests affect London meat market.
  • Blackshaw Head Fete, Saturday 31 August, can you help?

Phil and 3 Valley Vegans

(Corn image by Hari Nandakumar via Unsplash)

UN climate change report calls for human diet changes, 3VV interviewed on BBC radio

A special report on climate and land has been commissioned by the United Nations; it found that global warming will happen faster than we think.  Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are falling significantly short unless we make drastic changes to land use for human diets.

3 Valley Vegans' Phil was interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds this month, describing how people can move towards a vegetarian or vegan diet, how it is easier than ever, and what support is available for individuals. You can hear the discussion on 'The Big Yorkshire Phone In 08/08/2019' from around 1h 11m in, until early September.

(Image by Luca Basili via Unsplash)

Read more about the report and interview
Grouse shooting: what can you do to help?

On Saturday 10 August members of 3 Valley Vegans attended a rally in Bradford, the headquarters of Yorkshire Water, to urge the company to pull the plug on grouse shooting. Despite the rain it was an inspiring day. Why? Because the public are waking up to the horror that is grouse shooting.

An estimated 700,000 grouse are shot every year in Britain for ‘sport’. Grouse live on moorland and during a ‘shoot’ they are frightened by beaters who drive them towards men who shoot them. Many birds won’t be killed straight away and suffer a frightening and painful death. All so that very rich people (shoots often cost over a £5,000 a day to participate in) can kill birds for fun.

Birds of prey and other animals such as badgers, stoats and weasels are also killed by snaring, poisoning and trapping. This is done by gamekeepers in order to reduce the number of young grouse killed before the shooting season starts.

Maintaining the moors for grouse shooting involves considerable environmental damage. Burning heather for instance alters the flow of water off the hills and contributes to flooding – something we know a lot about here in Calderdale.  Burning also dries out the peat on the moorland resulting in increased losses of carbon from the soil into the atmosphere; at a time when we need to be storing more carbon in the soil if we want to reduce the effects of climate change.

Some say that grouse shooting brings money into an area but the evidence is clear: driven grouse shooting is a burden on the public purse (Sheffield Hallam University and Cormack Economics).

Yorkshire Water is a large land owner and they lease out 13 different moorland areas for grouse shooting. The money you pay to Yorkshire Water goes to fund this slaughter.  Many people have contacted Yorkshire Water asking them to stop and demonstrations have taken place across the county.

So how can you help?

Sign the petition
March through London
Animal Rebellion continues the Extinction Rebellion protests in London

On 17 August, thousands of animal rights and environment activists presented a banner at Smithfield Market – the largest wholesale meat market in the UK – in the latest wave of Extinction Rebellion climate protests. Read more about the plan on the Guardian.

A new group Animal Rebellion has formed in solidarity with Extinction Rebellion. They say they have around 2,000 volunteers signed up to take part in a two-week blockade of the central London market from 7 October. They are hoping to make it up to 10,000 people. Are you interested?

Volunteer to join Animal Rebellion
Blackshaw Head Fete, Saturday 31 August, can you help?

We are nearly at that time of year again where we pop up the hill to Blackshaw Head and set up a stall at their summer fete. This time, it is held on Saturday 31 August.

We will be offering our usual selection of tasty vegan food and friendly advice for those interesting in veganism and plant-based lifestyles.

Are you able to help out for a couple of hours, or make some treats for us to sell? If so, please let us know. 

I can help out!
Keep In Contact

We would like to remind you that 3 Valley Vegans have a Facebook page, a Facebook group and our own website...

Our Facebook page is open to the public and is updated with lots of  events both local and national, interviews, videos, information, news and tips from the wider vegan community. 
To like, or visit this page please click:

Facebook Public Page

The Facebook group is a closed group and is a good place to air and vent any local vegan issues.
Information relating to local shopping and/or eating out can be posted by members of this group and also if any businesses in the local area would like to promote any vegan products or offers then this is the group to use.
If you would like to join then please click:
Facebook Private Group

On our website you will find local eating guides, recipes, up coming and past events, blogs and lots of vegan articles.
What our group is all about is detailed on this side and our location and contact detai
To visit the website please click on link:


Map of Calderdale
UPDATED! Local eating and shopping guides

Eating out and shopping can be tricky when you're vegan, especially when just starting out. To make things a little easier, we have compiled a list of vegan-friendly eateries and shops in Calderdale:

View our Guide to Eating Out in Calderdale

View our Vegan Friendly Calderdale Shopping Guide

Latest news: Tod Almighty Wholefoods is opening soon in the former site of Saker, Burnley Road, Todmorden. They will be selling wholefoods, refills, low-plastic waste products, local food, organic, ethical and fair trade goods.  

Have we missed anything off these lists? Please send your suggestions to tech@3valleyvegns.org.uk 


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