How to be an Ethical Omnivore (and AGM)

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How to be an Ethical Omnivore (and AGM)

January 13, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The ethics of eating meat is a hot topic these days. Many of us who consume meat, eggs and dairy products are increasingly being pressured to give them all up and become vegan. The choice to eat a vegan, vegetarian or omnivorous diet is a very personal decision; one which we should all be able to make for ourselves without feeling pressure. If you are an omnivore, there are ways you can promote animal welfare while still enjoying barbecued ribs. There are actions you can take, and choices you can make, that will support humane and environmentally sustainable farming practices while allowing you to eat a healthy, omnivorous diet.

Charlene Berkvens is a veterinarian who has worked with a wide range of domestic and wild animals. She is also the owner and steward of Fostering Change Farm, a farm located in the Interlake region of Manitoba that directly markets its products to its consumers. The farm raises pigs, chickens, goats and cattle. Animals on the farm are encouraged to express their normal behaviours and enjoy the outdoors. Fostering Change Farm aims to promote human, animal and environmental health through its farming practices and educational activities. If you are interested in learning more about the farm, you can check out its website or Facebook page.

Charlene will attend our January meeting to speak about animal welfare, sustainable agricultural practices / environmentally friendly food choices, and the differences between animal welfare and ethics. She will also speak about her farm. This will be an informal presentation, with a designated Q and A session afterwards. Be sure to come to the presentation with an open mind and be ready to think critically and answer questions (at least in your head), as well as ask questions.

Note: While we understand that topics concerning animal welfare are sometimes polarizing, the scope of the meeting centres on what omnivores can do to promote human, animal and environmental health and sustainable farming practices.
This meeting is not intended as a promotion, platform, debate or critique on Veganism, which is a large topic unto itself. HAAM kindly asks that those in attendance who may have strong views on this topic be mindful of the intended purpose of the meeting. While questions and participation from varying viewpoints are welcome, HAAM reserves the right to ask attendees engaging disruptively to recuse themselves from the event.


We will begin our meet-and-greet time early, at 4:30 PM, to accommodate the AGM at 5:00 PM. Dinner will be after the meeting, at around 6:00, followed by a brief regular meeting at about 6:45 and our speaker at 7:00.

Everyone is welcome to attend the AGM. If you wish to participate (i.e. vote), membership dues must be paid in advance.

Please come to the AGM – we need your support and input as we plan for the coming year!

About our Monthly Meetings

Welcome! Our regular monthly meetings are always open to the public. Come early for dinner, drinks, or just to visit. Late-comers and drop-ins are welcome, so if you can’t make it on time or stay till the end, don’t worry. You can eat during the meeting if you’re late – the buffet is open till 8 PM.

If you are new and just checking us out, you are welcome to attend one or two events before becoming a member. After that, if you wish to continue to participate, we ask that you support the group by joining. Our annual dues are reasonable and include a limited-income option.

All events are subject to change, and some details may be TBA. In the event of inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances, events may be subject to cancellation or details may change. Check future newsletters, the Home page of our website, our Facebook page, or Meetup for information and updates.

Charity of the Month

We will be collecting donations for The Laurel Centre at this meeting. Details in the January newsletter.


January 13, 2018
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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