About VSA Amsterdam
VSA Amsterdam (from now on referred to as “VSA” or “we”) aims to build and maintain a supportive community of vegan(-minded) students, to bring veganism to the attention of students as an effective means of helping animals and the planet, and to create a facilitating environment with the purpose of making veganism easier, more enjoyable and affordable. We plan to achieve these goals through the following means:
Building a Community
By organising social events, such as potlucks, drinks and pubquizzes, we aim to create and maintain a supportive community, so that students do not just go vegan, but stay vegan.
By hosting educational events, such as lectures, workshops and screenings, we aim to bring attention to the negative consequences of animal agriculture, challenge students to rethink their relationship with other animals and encourage students to choose vegan alternatives.
Creating a Facilitating Environment
By collaborating with universities, restaurants and supermarkets in our city, VSA Amsterdam aims to create a facilitating environment where it is easy, affordable and enjoyable for individuals to choose plant-based.
The following key values reflect the shared beliefs of VSA Amsterdam. We take these values into consideration in all our actions. When collaborating with outside organisations, we also look for these values in our partners. Exceptions can be made for pragmatic reasons, for example collaborating with non-vegan organisations to help VSA promote veganism. VSA Amsterdam is also aware that it has no power over the activitites its members do in their free time; however, these activities will not be carried out on behalf of VSA Amsterdam.
“Veganism is a way of living which – as far as practically possible – avoids all exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or other purposes.” – The Vegan Society
Although VSA Amsterdam supports all different reasons for people to live a more vegan lifestyle, veganism is first and foremost about the animals. We aspire to promote the well-being and interests of all sentient beings and try to raise awareness about the ways in which animals are being exploited.
VSA aims to promote sustainable living by advocating for veganism, and raising awareness about the impact of animal products on the environment and the climate. VSA also aspires to promote reducing one’s ecological footprint in other ways.
We want to avoid all exploitation and cruelty towards animals, which includes humans. As such we reject any form of discrimination in the strongest possible terms and is committed to avoid reinforcing oppression of marginalized groups. We are open and welcoming to members of any biological sex, gender identity, sexual identity, age, race, ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, cultural heritage, regional origin, physical and mental abilities and disabilities.
VSA is an independent association, not affiliated with any other vegan organisations, activist groups, student associations, et cetera. This is especially the case for political parties: VSA is a politically neutral network in the sense that it is not bound to, and does not promote, any specific political parties or a specific part of the political spectrum. VSA collaborates with other organisations on a regular basis, but does so while retaining its independence.
We neither partake in nor promote illegal activities. We recognise that legality does not equal morality and that civil disobedience has played a historic role in various emancipation movements. However, this is emphatically not the role the we wish to play in the emancipation of animals. We are mindful that collaborations with organizations or groups that are known for organizing disruptive illegal actions (for example blocking traffic, vandalizing property, or disrupting other citizens’ everyday activities) may negatively affect the reputation of the association. Therefore, we ensure that collaborations (e.g. organizing an vent together or promoting an event of theirs) with these types of organizations are neither close, nor casual, neither thoughtess, nor rash, and certainly not frequent.
VSA understands violence to mean both violence and aggression of physical, emotional and verbal nature. VSA does not use violence to achieve its goals, does not promote violence, and does not condone violent behaviour under any circumstances.
We do our best to ensure that information shared online and at our events is based on reliable sources and that the environment- and health-related claims are based on scientific research. In case we share misinformation, we will publish a rectification.
Responsible Alcohol and Drug Use
We do not promote or encourage overconsumption of alcohol and other drugs.