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As the host and first sponsor, the St. Louis Animal Rights Team considers the annual St. Louis VegFest event to be one of the most successful and visible events for sharing our mission and love for animals to the region.


The organizers of St. Louis VegFest are START members, and are pleased to be working with compassionate and like-minded local organizations and businesses to promote plant-based living and alternatives to animal products. 

START is a not-for-profit educational/activist group, formed in 1985, and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in 1988. Our goals are to:

► Educate society about the rights of all species to live freely and die naturally

► Expose the harm and suffering caused by the denial of animals’ natural rights

► Promote the adoption of lifestyles compatible with the animal rights philosophy

► Promote the reform of social institutions to be compatible with animal rights

Thank you for joining START organizers and members in bringing St. Louis VegFest back for our 5th year!

Torre Washington is a NASM certified coach, speaker and IFBB Pro competitor. Raised vegetarian and vegan since 1998, Torre built his physique entirely on a Plant based regimen without the aid of supplements since 2009 to 2018. Torre’s training style focuses on physical symmetry and aesthetics. “He disassembles your physique and reassembles it back the way you want it to be” and has therefore become one of the most sought after coaches of celebrities and high end clientele and bodybuilders globally. Torre also advocates for “lifestyle changes” to his global fan base and brings to light the plight of animals and the need to heal mother earth through living a more Plant-Based vegan lifestyle.

A Well-Fed World is an international hunger relief and food security organization advancing plant-based foods and farming to create a sustainable, nourished, and climate-friendly future. Their mission is to strengthen plant-based feeding and farming solutions for impoverished populations and the world at large, while championing a shift away from the consumption and production of animal-sourced foods as part of any viable strategy to improve global food security and mitigate the climate crisis.

Loyal, annual, sponsors of St. Louis VegFest, Carol House is a household name that has been serving the greater St. Louis area with the highest quality furnishings since 1964. In addition to furniture, The Dubman family are well known supporters of so many amazing animal welfare organizations.

Their spaces at Vegfest will include their Carol House Quick Fix Pet Clinic and Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation(MAAL).

The mission of CH Quick Fix is to provide low-cost and even income-based spay and neuter, as well as other services to area pets. They share resources and information with pet owners and non-pet owners about the benefits of spaying and neutering companion animals. By reducing the number of unwanted dogs and cats that are born, it will also reduce the number that enter local shelters, only to be euthanized.

MAAL is Missouri's voice for animal protection in the legislature. They are the only organization in the state of Missouri working full time to lobby in the state capitol on behalf of the animals. MAAL is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization promoting the humane treatment of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife through legislation, advocacy, and education. They work to enact and enforce bills that protect animals, and fight to defeat bills that harm them. Some bills have included regulations on puppy mills, cock fighting, dog fighting, farm animal welfare, wildlife, and more!

Visit these incredible organizations while at VegFest and find out about the wonderful services they offer.

Thank you Carol House for your continuous commitment to animal welfare and St. Louis VegFest!

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