The alliance envisions a world where animals are recognized as sentient beings not property, and every form of exploitation or harm is seen as morally wrong. The countries will work together on the promotion of veganism.
GHANIM AL-SULAITI: ‘As ‘The Year of the Vegan 2019’ continues, four countries have taken a huge step for the industry by uniting to form an alliance, known as the ‘Vegan World Alliance (VWA)’. The alliance aims to promote vegan values on a global scale. The VWA consists of four activist groups from The Netherlands, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia.
The alliance envisions a world in which all people agree that all animals (human and non-human) are or maybe sentient beings that are subjectively aware of, and able to value their own lives. VWA says “Everyone understands that animals therefore should not be treated as property and that every form of use or exploitation of, or harm to, animals is morally wrong.” The countries will work together on the promotion of veganism, thereby supporting the creation of a vegan world.
One of its first initiatives is a standard for food labels suitable for vegans. The organisation notes that many countries have no legal definition of what vegan food is. As a result, the alliance has already begun to work on drafting a standard with regards to foods suitable for vegans. Across the globe there are conflicting definitions of ‘vegan’, which creates confusion for consumers and vegan food makers.
In addition, in many countries there is no legal definition of the word vegan, which leaves some products claiming they are vegan, despite the product not being genuinely vegan. Providing clarity around this issue through “International Organization for Standardisation” is an important first step for vegans around the world and will lead to more trust when purchasing plant-based products.
New Zealand, a member of the alliance, released a report from the Ministry of Health last August suggesting the entire health sector should adapt plant-based menus to cut carbon emissions. Similarly, the Canadian government updated the nation’s food guide at the start of the year, emphasising plant-based protein as part of a healthy diet and nearly scrapping dairy entirely’. SOURCE…