2019 could be the year of the Vegans considering how the media and health industry promoted them at the end of 2018. Along with many others I did not realise the Vegan Society was a registered charity no 279228.
Their objects are ‘To further knowledge of and interest in sound nutrition and in veganism and the vegan method of agriculture as a means of increasing the potential of the earth to the physical, moral and economic advantage of humankind.
(b) to relieve elderly vegans who are in conditions of need.’ To satisfy these criteria it:-
‘promotes a way of life that seeks to avoid, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.
It is an education charity providing information and support through publications, talks, interviews, websites and social media. The society advocates for all, including those in vulnerable situations.’
Sources of Annual Income include:-
- Trademark licensing £755,000
- Sale of materials promoting veganism £425,000
- Membership fees £156,000
- And donations and legacies £37,000 amongst a total income of £1.46m
- Gift aid income curtesy of HMRC was £20,000
- The auditor who signed a clean set of accounts was the aptly named Patrick Morrello almost after the cherry.
- In addition to 10 trustees there is an advisory committee and ambassadors that include the vegan poet Benjamin Zephaniah