June 26, 2017

Speakers, Films and Workshops

SLC VegFest 2019 Speakers, Films, and Demonstrations

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Mayoral Forum

SLC Mayoral Forum

Time: 1:00 PM

UARC is excited to announce a first-of-its kind Mayoral Forum at SLC VegFest 2019, featuring the candidates for Salt Lake City Mayor. For one hour, the candidates will respond to questions from the audience and a neutral moderator. The forum will address many high-profile issues affecting Salt Lake City, along with questions that focus on ways we can make Salt Lake City a more humane city for animals.

This forum will take place after the city's August primary, and the two candidates still in the race will be invited. The following candidates have already pledged their participation in this forum, should they advance in the August primary:

David Garbett, David Ibarra, Erin Mendenhall, Stan Penfold, Jim Dabakis, Senator Luz Escamilla, Christian Harrison.

The animal protection movement is making huge strides. Having a forum for mayoral candidates is an indicator that this issue is increasingly on the minds of candidates and voters, and another indicator of significant progress being made. We encourage Salt Lake City voters to attend and participate.

Captain Peter Hammarstedt

Captain Peter Hammarstedt

Time: 3:00 PM

Born in Sweden, Peter, 34, sits on the Board of Sea Shepherd Global and is the captain of the marine conservation ship ‘Bob Barker’. As the Director of Campaigns for Sea Shepherd Global, he oversees the development of programs to combat the poaching of marine wildlife, campaigns that have halted criminal operations and saved countless lives.

In 2014, Peter set the world record for the longest maritime pursuit in history, when he and his crew chased the Interpol-wanted fishing vessel 'Thunder' for 110 days before it sank off the coast of West Africa.

From Antarctica to Africa, Sea Shepherd is working together with governments to board, inspect and arrest illegal fishing vessels at sea. In the past 3 years, more than 29 fishing vessels have been arrested, each one an unlawful slaughterhouse shutdown.

Peter will speak about the state of the world's oceans, illegal fishing and why the plight of fish never gets the attention that it deserves within the vegan movement.

Photo credit: Simon Ager / Sea Shepherd

Dr. Sailesh Rao, Founder of Climate Healers

Vegan World 2026!
Time: 4:00 PM

This talk examines the top causes of premature extinction on Earth - climate change, biodiversity loss, ecosystems collapse, chemical pollution and more, and explains how a nonviolent Eco-Vegan lifestyle mitigates all of these causes. It advances the hypothesis that an ecosystems role for human beings as compassionate "Climate Healers" or as the "Thermostat Species" is in harmony with scientific facts as well as with the foundational stories of major cultures. With strong scientific evidence, it shows why we need to transition to a largely Vegan World to continue fulfilling this ecosystems role by 2026, seven short years from now, or risk our own extinction.

Dr. Sailesh Rao is the Founder and Executive Director of Climate Healers, a non-profit dedicated towards healing the Earth’s climate. A systems specialist with a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA, conferred in 1986, Dr. Rao worked on the Internet communications infrastructure for twenty years after graduation. In 2006, he switched careers and became deeply immersed, full time, in the environmental crises affecting humanity and has been studying how to reverse them and achieve global sustainability from a systems perspective. Dr. Rao is the author of the 2011 book, Carbon Dharma: The Occupation of Butterflies and the 2016 book, Carbon Yoga: The Vegan Metamorphosis. He is an Executive Producer of the trilogy of documentaries "THEY Don't Want You To See", The Human Experiment (2013), Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014) and What The Health (2017), which explore the systemic causes of human and environmental ill health. He is also an Executive Producer of the new groundbreaking documentary, "A Prayer for Compassion". Dr. Rao has over 50 standards contributions to the ATM Forum and the IEEE 802.3 CSMA/CD Working Group, 22 peer-reviewed technical publications, 10 U.S . Patents and 3 Canadian Patents and has received numerous awards throughout his career.


Utah Animal Rights Coalition (UARC) believes that a wide array of lifestyles, beliefs, and opinions ought to be present at a community festival. The views and opinions expressed by the vendors & speakers at SLC VegFest do not necessarily reflect the opinions of UARC or SLC VegFest, and the presence of a vendor or speaker at SLC VegFest should not be construed as an endorsement of every idea, tactic, or position held by that vendor or speaker.