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38th IVU World Vegetarian Congress

Dresden, Germany

Sunday July 27 - Sunday August 3, 2008

Deutsch - English - Español - Français - Italiano


Thursday 16.00 Speakers

Jan Stastny, Czech republic


Biography: Jan Stastny, 30, is vegan, a member of the board of the Czech Vegetarian Society and editor of the society’s magazine "Vegetarian & Vegan". Since 2001 he has been promoting vegetarianism and veganism in the media and giving lectures and talks on vegetarianism and veganism, especially the historical aspect. Professionally he is a lawyer specialising in European law and human and animal rights.

Lecture title:  Franz Kafka – Vegetarian Activist

Abstract: The talk will be about the world famous writer Franz Kafka (1883-1924), his advocacy of vegetarianism and the man who introduced him to natural healing – Moriz Schnitzer (organiser of the IVU Congress in 1929). Most vegetarians know just one quote from Kafka: "Now I can at last look at you in peace, I don't eat you anymore" on viewing the fish at a Berlin aquarium. But from his letters, diaries and other works it is clear that he was a very active advocate of vegetarianism. He also travelled to vegetarian restaurants and sanatoriums throughout Europe. The lecture includes surprising new findings, Kafka’s own texts about vegetarianism, photos of vegetarian restaurants and other places that he visited, the meals he enjoyed and postcards from vegetarian restaurants that he sent.

Date: Thursday 31 July 2008; Time: 16:00; Room: Festsaal; Language: English

Esther Ouwehand, Netherlands / Stefan Eck, Germany / Ralph Chaloupek, Austria

The Necessity of Political Engagement for Animal Welfare and Animal Rights. The Animal Welfare Parties Deutsch/English

Marly Winckler, Brazil

Vegetarianism: a Revolutionary Lifestyle

Renato Pichler, Switzerland


Biography: Born in 1969 in Switzerland. 1993 co-founder of the Swiss Union for Vegetarianism (SVV) and since then its president and manager. Since 2005 president of the European Vegetarian Union (EVU).

Workshop title: Veggie Meets Industry – The V-Label Project

Abstract: Introduction to the European V-Label project with reports on experiences, followed by discussion. This project provides a unique opportunity to bring together vegetarians and the food industry to the advantage of both sides.

Date: Thursday 31 July 2008; Time: 16:00; Room: Brühl; Language: English


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