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September 6, 2018 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Amy Meyer, amy@slcveg.com

This Saturday, thousands of vegans and veg-curious people will descend on the Salt Lake City Main Library Plaza for the 3ndannual SLC VegFest, a festival presented by UARC. SLC VegFest 2018 will feature food, a beer garden sponsored by Ice Haus & Piper Down Pub, live music, a kid’s area with inflatable bounce houses, and informational sessions about the benefits of veganism. All of the food at SLC VegFest is 100% vegan, and the event has free entry.

More than 50 exhibitors and vendors will be present, including nonprofit organizations, restaurants, bakeries, & food trucks. Local vendors will be selling a wide array of food options, including vegan “fish” and chips, “wings” from Vertical Diner, paninis, gyros, and Philly “cheesesteak” sandwiches. Additionally, attendees can buy vegan desserts like pastries from Passion Flour Patisserie, City Cakes, and Big O Doughnuts, and gourmet ice cream cones from Monkeywrench.

“Last year, we had more than 4,000 attendees at our event from several different states, and we expect an even bigger crowd for 2018. VegFest is a fun event for people of all ages, as well as a great resource for anyone interested learning more about veganism or animal rights,” says Amy Meyer, Director of SLC VegFest.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to watch a free film and listen to a variety of speakers inside the library auditorium, including a first-of-its-kind Vegan Kids discussion panel! SLC VegFest will feature a keynote address from lauren Ornelas, founder and director of Food Empowerment Project, who will be giving a talk titled “Food Justice: The Power of Your Food Choices.”

What: SLC VegFest 2018
Where:
SLC Main Library, 210 E. 400 South
When:
Saturday, September 8, 12 Noon – 8 PM

For more information, visit https://slcveg.com/

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July 19, 2018 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Lagoon Amusement Park Cited for ‘Critical’ Violation of Federal Animal Welfare Law – UARC Plans Protest & Memorial

Contact: Amy Meyer, amy@utahanimalrights.com 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a scathing animal welfare inspection report against Lagoon, citing the park with a “critical” violation, the most serious level of offense that can be assessed by an inspector. The violation stems from an incident when an elk escaped through a hole in his enclosure and was gored by a bison in an adjacent enclosure. The injuries were so severe that he was euthanized. Utah Animal Rights Coalition (UARC) has submitted FOIA and GRAMA requests with state and federal authorities to learn more about the incident.

“Lagoon has a long history of providing inadequate enclosures for their captive wild animals,” said Amy Meyer, Director of UARC. “It’s past time for Lagoon to stick to what they know best – rides – and allow UARC to help them relocate their wild animals to accredited sanctuaries that have already offered to provide the safety and quality of life these animals deserve.”

UARC has also scheduled an emergency protest outside Lagoon on Sunday, July 22nd at 11 AM, which will be the 5-month anniversary of the elk’s death. Following the demonstration, the protestors will walk to the site of the death and lay flowers in memoriam.

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Lagoon Amusement Park has one of the most deplorable “zoos” in the country. Nearly 60 wild animals, including tigers, lions, and kangaroos, are crammed inside small wire and cement enclosures, pacing constantly in circles. Even the Standard Examiner has recognized the problems with this antiquated animal prison:

“The lions are kept in metal cages at Lagoon. There is no fake grass or even real grass to keep them content. A horrifying thought to think about is has this king of the jungle ever had the chance to explore through the grass? Have the lions and lionesses ever felt anything on the pads of their feet other than cool cement?”

Over the past few months, we have built relationships with internationally renowned animal protection organizations that specialize in wild animal issues. We found an organization that is willing and able to secure placement at reputable sanctuaries for Lagoon’s big cats, and potentially many more of the wild animals in their shameful wild kingdom ride. Unfortunately, Lagoon refused to meet with us to discuss this option further, and told us they have no intention of retiring their animals. 
 
We tried to do this the nice way. Now it’s time for action. UARC is launching a full-scale campaign against Lagoon, and we need your help.
 
FIVE WAYS YOU CAN TAKE ACTION:
1. Join us on March 31st from 11am – 1pm to protest Lagoon’s Opening Day
2. BOYCOTT Lagoon until they agree to release their animals. Any money spent at Lagoon supports animal cruelty.
3. Sign and share the petition.
4. Leave a 1-star review on Lagoon’s Facebook page, Google Reviews, and Trip Advisor.
5. Kindly tell your employer not to schedule any group days at Lagoon.
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