Laila Kassam (PhD) gave a talk entitled ‘Deepening our understanding and practice of veganism’ at VegfestUK London 2018. Her talk explored the connections between:
- Our oppression of other animals
Our oppression of humans, and
Our destruction of the natural world.
Laila suggested ways in which we can incorporate this understanding to deepen our practice of veganism and build a powerful and anti-speciesist mass movement for animal liberation.
VegfestUK London is the UK’s biggest and most popular vegan festival, held every year at London Olympia. The event attracted around 14,500 people over the weekend of 27-28th October 2018.
Laila Kassam has an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and a PhD in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She has worked in international development since 2003 conducting research related to poverty and food security for projects in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Her research has been published in peer reviewed journals and by international organisations including the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN.
Laila became vegan in 2013 and started to learn more about animal rights and its connection with other social, economic and environmental justice issues. She is co-founder of the Veterinary Vegan Network, Ethical Globe and Animal Think Tank. She is currently co-editing a book for Academic Press entitled ‘Rethinking Food and Agriculture: New Ways Forward’.