AGGIE DAYS: THE CALGARY STAMPEDE'S PROPAGANDISTIC NARRATIVE OF SPECIESISM, COLONIALISM AND WHITE NOSTALGIA

The Calgary Stampede’s interest in retaining young children as future consumers, participants, and supporters of its annual festival and the animal agriculture industry more broadly is evident through its “educational” components, notably in “Aggie Days” (Agriculture Days).  Aggie Days invites young participants and their families to observe and interact with farmers and the nonhuman animals in their “care.”

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4 REASONS WHY VEGFEST CALGARY DOESN’T USE GRAPHIC IMAGES

As VegFest moves from a new local festival to a solid platform for real change in our city, we have given a great deal of thought to how we present veganism to our community. In our first year, we knew that using graphic or violent images of exploited animals did not fully mesh with the “flavour” of VegFest; something about these images at a fun outdoor festival just didn’t seem right.  Through a great deal of research and discussion, we have come to a better understanding of why these images aren’t an appropriate tool for our organization.

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PRO-INTERSECTIONAL ADVOCACY: A CALL FOR UNIFIED JUSTICE

VegFest Calgary has a pro-intersectional approach to activism and promotion of vegan values. The term “intersectionality” was first popularized by Kimberle Crenshaw in her article Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color (1989). In brief, Crenshaw argued that black women occupy a unique position of oppression because they experience both the oppressions of woman and they oppression of being black. Over time, the term “intersectionality” has come to mean much more- in a basic sense, it refers to the idea that oppression is not singular, but rather interconnected and related to large power structures.

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