to our North, the Albany Vegetarian Network last month sponsored a
high-successful, first-time event, the Capital Region Vegetarian Expo.
The large, well-organized event availed itself of the Saratoga
Conference Center’s comfortable, accessible facilities.
The September 15 event features nationally-known and regionally regarded
speakers, including: Howard Lyman, president, Voice for a Viable Future;
Michael Greger, MD, director of public health and animal agriculture at
the Humane Society of the United States; Harold Brown, outreach
coordinator, Farm Sanctuary; Lee Hall, author, Capers in the Churchyard:
Animal Rights Advocacy in the Age of Terror; Steve Breyman, PhD,
executive director, Citizen’s Environmental Coalition; George Eiseman,
RD, author, Diet Against Cancer; and Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., MD,
author, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease.
The Expo screened a series of short films, including “The Witness”,
produced by Tribe of the Heart and “My Friends at the Farm” a Farm
Sanctuary production geared toward students in the third to sixth
grades. The Expo’s main room featured tables of wares and information
from 77 organizations. National groups exhibiting included the American
Vegan Society, Farm Sanctuary and the North American Vegetarian Society.
Emerging upstarts present included Vegan Pitbull Rescue and Veganica
(tabling together with comrades from Vegan Radio).
Hudson Valley region participants included: Catskill Animal Sanctuary;
H.A.V.E., Inc.; League of Humane Voters; the Mid- Hudson Vegetarian
Society; People Pet Wellness, Julie Barone, HHC; and Woodstock Farm
The Expo enjoyed steady, bountiful attendance throughout the day.
Visitors were, for the most part, somewhere along the continuum from
veg-curious to fervently committed to animal rights. There were a few
reluctant spouses and parents of neophyte vegetarians in tow for their
The Capital Region Vegetarian Expo provided an enriching, full day of
camaraderie, networking and information sharing. Kudos to the Albany
Vegetarian Network for their stunning success. They hit one out of the
park in their first big-league at bat.
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