Are you a member of the Park Slope Food Coop, or do you know other animal-concerned folks who are? Make it a point to get to this month’s General Meeting (Tuesday, March 29 at 274 Garfield Place) to vote in the proposed Animal Welfare Committee.
The Coop’s Environmental Policy states “the Coop will strive to support the best products and practices in regard to the health, safety, and preservation of humans, animals, and the overall biosphere that it can achieve” and “assessment of products shall be based upon but not limited to… avoiding animal testing by seeking products which have not been tested on animals.” Frankly we could be doing a lot better on these fronts. This new committee is the way to achieve that.
The Animal Welfare Committee is founded by two people I like very much, who have also written for SuperVegan, Patrick Kwan and Jesse Oldham. They’re both vegan, and ideally part of the committee’s mission will be better labeling, organizing, and ordering of vegan products. But it’s important not to confuse this Animal Welfare Committee with a fantasy “Vegan Committee.”
The committee will include non-vegan members, and a big part of their mission is to ensure that animal products that the Coop does carry (whether we like it or not!) are as ethical and animal friendly as possible. Right now there is little-to-no assessment of conditions on farms where many of the coop’s animal products come from. And a lot of items that are tested on animals are regularly stocked and unlabeled as such. This situation needs to change for the Coop’s existing mission and policies to be fulfilled, and this new committee is the way to get it done.
Because it meets this clear need, the new committee has the blessing of the overburdened Environmental Committee. But it’s not at all a sure thing that the new committee will be approved–your vote will be a huge help.
The meeting starts at 7pm, but the Animal Welfare Committee is the fourth and last item on the agenda, so it’s worth coming even if you can’t be there for the full GM. (Though if you want workslot credit for attending, you’ll need to sign up ahead of time and be there for the whole thing.)
See you there, and let’s vote this in on a landslide!