The Vegan India Conference 2021, held from 24 to 27 July, was attended by thousands of people from different walks of life, some veterans of vegan living and some newbies.
PETA India was a Gold sponsor and an ecosystem partner for the virtual event organised by Vegan First in partnership with the Mohanji Foundation. The event highlighted plant–based trends in food, fashion, and technology with talks, interactive panels, and a MasterChef workshop. The conference used a virtual reception and had several exhibitor booths.
More than 32 speakers from around the world spoke about their role in the growing vegan movement in India and shared both ideas and strategies. The event had a highly engaged audience, and some sessions saw a 97% turnout and over 300 message interactions.
PETA India CEO Dr Manilal Valliyate, Ahimsa Fest founder Atul Doshi, and founder of the Satvik Vegan Society Shankar Narayan were part of a panel discussion on “Creating a Movement at an Early Stage: Challenges and Opportunities”.
PETA India had a virtual booth showcasing For a Moment of Taste: How What You Eat Impacts Animals, the Planet, and Your Health by Poorva Joshipura, a member of PETA India’s board. Her book is the first-ever in-depth exposé of the treatment of animals commonly used for food in India for what is, after all, just a fleeting moment of taste. It explains how today’s meat, egg, and dairy production systems evolved; the current state of these industries in India; and the consequences if dietary habits and current trends don’t change. Poorva has drawn on her personal observations and uncovered shocking industry practices that aren’t well known in India. This eye-opening book will lead many readers to examine and modify their own eating habits. It’s especially relevant today, given that the COVID-19 pandemic likely started at a live-animal market.