East Coast Tour

FFAC just completed its first East Coast tour, giving 4 presentations in 6 days and meeting lots of incredible students and activists along ...

FFAC just completed its first East Coast tour, giving 4 presentations in 6 days and meeting lots of incredible students and activists along the way. Yale-collage-1024x706.jpg The first stop was in New Haven, at Yale University. FFAC's executive director spoke to the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The audience consisted of graduate students who are working in the fields of sustainability and food justice, many of whom were relatively unfamiliar with the scope of CAFOs in our food system. The talk was catered by Thali Too, a delicious vegetarian Indian restaurant in New Haven. Bostoncollage-1024x512.jpg The next presentation was at the Lucy Parsons Center, a collectively-run bookstore in Boston. Local activists arranged this presentation, which attracted a wide variety of community members. There was a lively debate at the end when a local dairy farmer weighed in that his farm does not use the practices discussed in the presentation, such as forcibly removing the day-old calves from their mothers. Katie pointed out that such milk is a miniscule percentage of the market, and he admitted that it's only available through CSA boxes. It's not possible for dairy companies, even ones that brand themselves as "humane" ones such as Straus and Clover, to remain financially competitive on a large scale without using these controversial practices. NYU1collage-1024x337.jpg After Boston, Katie traveled to New York City to speak at New York University. On Wednesday, she presented to the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) at NYU's School of Law. SALDF knows how to host a good presentation; they provided wine and vegan donuts. SALDF's president, Liz Hallinan, provided legal context for several of the sections of the presentation, such as the lawsuit brought against the farmer who abandoned 50,000 chickens in Turlock, CA. NYU2collage-1024x798.jpg The culmination of the tour was a symposium hosted by Cruelty-Free NYU, an undergraduate student group at New York University. The event attracted 50 students who came to learn about the role of animal agriculture in our food system. Katie spoke first to a rapt and often disturbed audience. After an intermission for gourmet plant-based food, Animal Studies professor Jeff Sebo led a discussion about moral frameworks and the ethics of food choices. He presented a series of thought experiments that prompted students to reframe their perception of whether farming animals for food is acceptable or justifiable. Subsequently, students discussed the ethics of everything from dumpster diving to animal abolitionism. Thank you to everyone who helped make this tour possible!


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