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Legal Experts Join Line-Up of Speakers at U.S. Veg Corp's NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

New York, NY, February 26, 2014 --( Laying down the law for animal welfare and good health… It’s a topic that will be addressed by two law professors at this year’s NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, March 1-2 in Manhattan.

Mariann Sullivan, who teaches Animal Law at Columbia Law School and Cardozo Law School, will appear on a double bill with Jasmin Singer. The pair co-founded Our Hen House, a multimedia hub focused on changing the world for animals.

Their talk will be entitled “Fed Up? A New Way to Feed Your Body, Your Soul, and the World,” and will be presented on Saturday, March 1, 4-4:45 p.m.

They’ll also be joined by Kathy Stevens for a second presentation, entitled “Careers to Better the Lives of Animals.” Stevens is the founder of Catskill Animal Sanctuary, which has saved the lives of nearly 2,000 abused or discarded farm animals. She is the author of two critically acclaimed books: Where the Blind Horse Sings, and Animal Camp: Lessons in Love and Hope from Rescued Farm Animals.

Across the hall, festival-goers can hear from Sherry F. Colb, a professor at Cornell Law School, where she teaches a course in animal rights. Colb also writes bi-weekly columns on Her recently published book is called Mind If I Order the Cheeseburger? And Other Questions People Ask Vegans.

She will give a talk with the same title at the Festival on Saturday, March 1, 4:30-5:05 p.m. “This presentation is about the challenging questions that non-vegans like to pose to vegans,” Colb said. “Some of the questions can be amusing, while others offend vegans’ deeply held values.”

All vegans have heard some variation of the question: “If you eat only a plant-based diet, aren’t you concerned about the murder of all those plants?” Another common gambit is: “God gave us the animals for food, so aren’t you going against His plan?” Colb will share tips for answering those kinds of inquiries confidently and effectively, she said.

Over the weekend the Festival will showcase a variety of speakers, including cardiologists Robert Ostfeld and Joel Kahn, vegan chef Kevin Archer, vegan comedian Myq Kaplan, nutritionists, vegan bloggers, and cookbook authors.

Approximately 100 vendors will be showing and sampling their wares, including Vega, Nutiva, Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods, and Rescue Chocolate. There will also be musical entertainment, children’s activities, and a raffle benefiting the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food.

The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival will take place 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2, at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues). Tickets can be purchased in advance at or at the door. For further information, visit
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