It complements the work of the Animal Liberation Front Supporters Group (ALFSG), which offers moral and financial support to imprisoned animal rights activists. The VPSG is purely concerned with ensuring vegans in prison have access to suitable food, clothing and toiletries.
The group was founded in April 1994 by British animal rights activist Jo-Ann Brown. She originally formed it to help Keith Mann, a prominent activist who was jailed for 11 years in 1994 for criminal damage and attempted arson.
Since then, VPSG's work has grown, and it has been called upon to advise the prisons ombudsman on disputes between prisoners and the prison service relating to vegan diets.