This is such a great group! Introducing, the Vegan Trade Council, the first industry council speaking for vegans, or veganism. I was lucky enough to hear from Executive Director of the Vegan Trade Council Alan S. Nemeth who told me what his inspiration for the creation of a vegan trade group was. Nemeth said, "[t]o answer your question about the genesis of the Vegan Trade Council, as you know, I teach animal law at two law schools -- American University Washington College of Law and the University of Baltimore School of Law. Often, during class discussions, an issue would come up that touched on the treatment of animals used in agriculture. These topics include humane treatment, ag-gag laws, foie gras production, and so on. As part of the discussions of both case law and news stories, the views of the animal-based industries were often represented by their trade associations (United Egg Producers, United Poultry, Cattlemen's Association, etc.). After a while, it dawned on me that there was no vegan/plant-based industry equivalent to these trade associations, and I thought that there was definitely a need for something like that. I did some research and saw that, in fact, there was no such association. There are complimentary organizations, such as the animal welfare and environmental groups, and there are trade associations such as the Organic Trade Association, but none of these groups represent the vegan industry, as an industry, from a business perspective, as the trade associations for the animal-based industries do for their respective constituencies. When we launched in January and began reaching out to the community, the response was very enthusiastic and widespread. So it was clear that there was an unmet need for a vegan trade association." I completely agree and am so happy to share this group's campaign with you today! Help support their mission! I'm interested in watching this group grow! Thanks for your contribution to animals!
About This Vegan Professional
Christine Garcia has been practicing law since 2000 and her experience ranges from Transactional,Civil Litigation (Animal Law) and Criminal Defense & Litigation. After her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley, she received her JD after legal studies at University of California, Hastings College of the Law and Loyola University Chicago, School of Law. Her publications include Isn’t Justice Supposed to be Blind? Practicing Animal Law. Sister Species: Women, Animals and Social Justice, Edited by Lisa Kremmerer, Univ. of Illinois Press (2011) pp. 141-151, Animal Custody Cases. GPSOLO: General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division. American Bar Association July/August (2009) Vol. 26 No. 5 pp. 22-25 and A Future of Green Power: The Environmental Impact of the Utility Restructuring in America, Loyola Consumer Law Review, vol. 10, No. 3 (1998). Resume