Peter Egan Celebrates Viva!'s 25th Anniversary | Viva! - The Vegan Charity

Peter Egan, Downton Abbey actor, longtime vegetarian, and Viva! patron helped us celebrate our 25th anniversary on Saturday 21st September.

For this special occasion in Viva!’s history, we hosted a celebratory dinner on a riverboat cruise along the Thames.

As part of the evening’s celebrations, we announced the winners of our Action for Animals Awards – presented to those who have turned words into action, and represented Viva! in exceptional ways.

We were delighted to present Peter with this award on the night.

He has since posted a video on Twitter about the evening, to thank Viva! for the award, and to encourage the move toward veganism.


Full Video Transcription:

Hi Everyone, I just wanted to say a quick hi. It’s Monday morning, I attended a fantastic event on Saturday night – 25th anniversary for the great campaigning vegan charity Viva! – on the Thames; a wonderful evening with some inspiring people.

Of course Juliet Gellatley – who is the founder of the charity – gave a great speech as did Michael Mansfield and Heather Mills, and it was an all-round fantastic evening.

I was also very surprised to receive an award – hope you can see it here – it’s a action for animals award. I was thrilled and flattered to be a recipient, and thank you Juliet and thank you Viva! for giving me the award.

I’m also incredibly proud to be your patron and committed to your great work in making our planet a healthier place.

It’s fabulous to see in the news today Michael Mansfield on the front page of three newspapers asking for ecocide to become a crime, which I totally agree with. We all who care about our planet want to leave a constructive and compassionate footprint on the planet, but we need a planet to leave that footprint on, and at the moment, even the planet itself is screaming for us to stop destroying it.

That, with the amazing campaign initiated by Greta Thunberg where we now have the young of this planet committed so passionately for us all to treat our planet with care; to treat our lives with care; to treat the animals and all species with whom we share this planet with care.

The simplest and easiest way to do that, in my opinion, is to be vegan. So give it a try, and have a great day, and let’s all work to have a healthier planet. Thanks a lot. See ya.

Share on FacebookShare on Twitter

Discover Vegan Paris

Discover Vegan Paris

Maryanne Hall |21/10/2020
Take a journey into vegan Paris - a city of plant-based delights. Find our favourite vegan eateries and the unforgettable Veggie Town...
Say no to animal corpse sites in Snowdonia!

Say no to animal corpse sites in Snowdonia!

Guest Blogger |20/10/2020
Use your voice to say no to an animal carcass site! Snowdonia council is considering a planning application that would mean transporting corpses of animals onto the site, and it looks as though the owner is hoping to then incinerate them on site. We are in the middle of a pandemic caused by...
5 Best Vegan Make Up Brands Perfect for Halloween

5 Best Vegan Make Up Brands Perfect for Halloween

Louisa Kendal |12/10/2020
Halloween is just around the corner, so we’ve compiled our favourite vegan face paints to help you enjoy the spooktacular occasion...

Viva! Victory

You may have seen our exposé on a pig farm supplying Morrisons. Now, we have incredible news. The Estate where it is located – DIRECTLY DUE TO OUR INVESTIGATION – are planning to “get the buildings vacated in the quickest time possible”. We have also been informed by locals that there are plans to demolish the farm. This exposé was funded by you – our supporters!

Viva!'s Ultimate Guide to Halloween

Louisa Kendal |08/10/2020
Spooky season is officially here, so we’ve put together the ultimate guide for a perfect vegan Halloween...
Switching from animal products to plant-based ingredients can have huge benefits for your health, the planet and animals. That's why we've launched V7 - our brand new 'one week' food challenge...
Have the Beckhams Gone Vegan?

Have the Beckhams Gone Vegan?

Louisa Kendal |30/09/2020
David and Victoria Beckham made the herbivore headlines at the weekend, after announcing they have gone meat-free on their social media.