First Kingston VegFest!


The first VegFest in Kingston is coming this weekend, Saturday October 22, 11:00 – 5:00, at St Lawrence College, with talks, demos, vendors, animal protection groups, and food for vegans, vegetarians and the ‘veg curious’!

And of course, Queen’s Animal Defence will have a table there, so come and say hi!

Kingston VegFest Is

  • A celebration of the fabulousness of vegan food. Come enjoy cooking demonstrations, a wide range of food vendors, product samples and other delights. Treat your palate to the best that food has to offer.
  • A celebration of physical and mental health and well-being. Come learn from our experts on nutrition and fitness, ask questions, educate and empower yourself. Find balance in a yoga class. Treat your mind and body to the best that health has to offer.
  • A celebration of connectedness. Come discover a vibrant and mushrooming community of people on plant-fueled journeys. Expand your awareness of the issues and how our choices impact the planet and our fellow animals, featuring prominent local and international guest speakers. Treat your heart to the best that connectedness has to offer.

See the website and the Facebook page for more info.

And Two Documentaries

Do not forget as well:

  • Friday October 21, doors open 6:30 pm (for 7:00), The Ghosts in Our Machine screening on Queen’s campus, Mac-Corry B201
  • Sunday October 23, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm, Unlocking the Cage at the Screening Room on Princess Street (fundraiser for Fauna Sanctuary)

“The Ghosts in Our Machine” and “Unlocking the Cage” Screening This Month

Kingston is lucky to have screenings of two animal-related documentaries this month — please share and come along with some friends!

The Ghosts in Our Machine — Oct. 21st

Queen’s Animal Defence is honoured to sponsor, in partnership with the Kingston VegFest, the screening of The Ghosts in Our Machine about the Canadian photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur and her journey as a witness of the plight of the animals in the world.

Entry by donation. Screening at 7pm at Queen’s University, Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room B201.


For the synopsis and other info, see the Facebook event.

Unlocking the Cage — Oct. 23rd

Two screenings of the newly released documentary Unlocking the Cage are scheduled for Oct 23rd, at the Screening Room, at 4pm and at 7pm, as a fundraising for Fauna Sanctuary. The tickets are 10$ each. Continue Reading

Upcoming Talk: “Animals, Work and the Promise of Interspecies Solidarity”


Kendra Coulter (Labour Studies, Brock University) will be presenting a talk on “Animals, Work and the Promise of Interspecies Solidarity” on Friday, September 30th 2016 in Mac-Corry room D214, as part of the Department of Geography and School of Environmental Studies lecture series, co-sponsored by APPLE and the Lives of Animals research group.

Coffee will be served at 2:30, and Dr. Coulter’s talk starts at 3:00.

Upcoming Talk: “Seeing Animal Suffering” by Alice M. Crary

The Department of Philosophy at Queen’s University holds a weekly colloquium, and next week’s topic is on animal ethics:

Alice M. Crary (New School for Social Research)
“Seeing Animal Suffering”

This talk opens with an account Leo Tolstoy gave of his visit to a slaughterhouse in 1872. Tolstoy believed that there is something about the brutality of slaughter that we might miss even if we know the basic facts of how it happens, and he set out to write about his experience in a vivid and charged style that would open his reader’s eyes to the violence of butchering. Such writing remains immensely pertinent to contemporary discussions of animals and ethics. This talk surveys these discussions and link them to relevant themes from Tolstoy’s fictional and non-fictional writings. It concludes with reflections on how the sort of emotionally demanding discourse that interests Tolstoy is of decisive importance today for getting an undistorted view of what is done to animals not only in confined feeding operations (or CAFOs), industrial abattoirs, and other slaughterhouses but also in, among other places, laboratories, zoos, and natural habitats in which animals are hunted.

If you have accessibility requirements, please contact Judy Vanhooser (

When: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 — 4:00 pm
Where: Watson Hall, room 517

This event will be part of the Graham Kennedy Memorial Lecture series. Continue Reading