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Media Release: UWinnipeg to host free festival celebrating compassion for animals

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On Saturday, September 16th, 2017, members of the greater Winnipeg area and surrounding communities are invited to attend the inaugural Winnipeg VegFest, a celebration of compassion for animals and the planet. Media Release (05/17/2017) Winnipeg, MB - "Winnipeg VegFest will bring together academics, advocates, activists, and artists for a day of presentations, discussions, vendors, exhibitors, food, art, music, and more," say event co-organizers Jason Hannan (Associate Professor, Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications, UWinnipeg) and Arthur Walker-Jones, (Professor, Theology, UWinnipeg). "Almost every major city in North America hosts an annual VegFest. We're delighted to be organizing the first such event for Winnipeg."

Winnipeg VegFest will feature several prominent keynote speakers, including:

· Carol J. Adams, renowned feminist author

· Krista Hiddema, Director of Mercy for Animals Canada

· Mimi Kirk, raw food chef, author, and speaker

· Camille Labchuck, Executive Director of Animal Justice

· Leilani Münter, American racecar driver and environmental activist

· Dave Nickarz, VP of Sea Shepherd Canada

Winnipeg VegFest will be held on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 at the Axworthy Health and RecPlex at the University of Winnipeg. Admission is free and open to the public. Doors open at 9:00 am. The first 250 attendees will receive a commemorative swag bag with gift certificates, samples, coupons, and more.

This event is being organized by UWinnipeg faculty members Jason Hannan and Arthur Walker-Jones in collaboration with the Farm Animal Compassion Committee of the Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS).

"The WHS has a long history of advocating for the humane treatment of farm animals. VegFest is an opportunity to explore all avenues for living a healthier and kinder life - for ourselves, our environment, and, importantly, farm animals. We are proud to support it, and we hope to see you there," says Javier Schwersensky, CEO of the Winnipeg Humane Society.

Sponsors include: Stella's, Generation Green, Panago Pizza, Alt-Hotel,, Vita Health, and Animal Alliance.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please contact:

Jason Hannan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dept. of Rhetoric and Communication
University of Winnipeg


About Winnipeg VegFest:

Winnipeg VegFest is an initiative of the Farm Animal Compassion Committee of the Winnipeg Humane Society in collaboration with faculty members from the University of Winnipeg. Winnipeg VegFest is dedicated to raising awareness about animals and the planet. It promotes a lifestyle of compassion and eco-friendly solutions. VegFest events are held annually in major cities across North America, including Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. Winnipeg VegFest will be the first event of its kind in Manitoba. If you would like more information, please visit

About the Winnipeg Humane Society:

The Winnipeg Humane Society is a registered charity and non-profit organization whose mission is to protect animals from suffering and to promote their welfare and dignity. Funded primarily by donations, events and bequests, the WHS has pets for adoption and offers numerous programs and services that promote the humane treatment of animals, including farm animal advocacy efforts, pet first aid, and education programs for children, adults and pets. All pets offered for adoption have been spayed or neutered, received necessary shots and treatments, and a behaviour assessment. If you would like to learn more about our Farm Animal Compassion Committee or The WHS please visit


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