|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
from World Vegetarian Leaders
You want to get profound
and actual information about all aspects of a vegetarian lifestyle?
You like international exchange, meet people of the worldwide vegetarian
movement? You are thrilled by the unique atmosphere of an international
Then, the 38th IVU World
Vegetarian Congress will be just the right event for you! You will
enjoy an extensive programme of specific information, meet people,
culture and leisure, complemented by the flair of a jubilee congress:
The first World Vegetarian Congress took place in Dresden in 1908,
and the International Vegetarian Union was founded.
We are very much looking
forward to seeing you in Dresden, in summer 2008.
- Thomas Schönberger, Germany, Chair of the Vegetarier-Bund Deutschlands e.V. (VEBU)
It is also an opportunity
to enjoy wonderful food and pleasant excursions and tours in great
company and knowing the organisers as I do I know that it will run
very smoothly. Let's ensure we all work together to make sure we don't
have to wait another hundred years for a vegetarian world!
I look forward to meeting
- Tina Fox, UK, Chair
of the International Council of IVU
We have better travel possibilities
that turn such a congress into an event to unite the nations. Vegetarian
groups live almost everywhere in the world. The IVU World Vegetarian
Congress is supposed to unite and strengthen this movement. You are
invited to celebrate this event together with the International Vegetarian
Union, the European Vegetarian Union, the German Vegetarian Society
and the participants from all over the world, be part of a movement
that promotes not only human health but also the welfare of animals
and the environment.
Don't miss this unique
- Renato Pichler, Switzerland, President of the European Vegetarian Union (EVU)
Messages from the leaders of IVU Member Societies
Vegetarian Union of North America and VSDC
behalf of the Vegetarian Union of North America (and also the Vegetarian
Society of DC [Washington DC]), I'd like to Congratulate the organizers
of the VEBU in their planning of what will be a spectacular Centenary
Anniversary of the World Vegetarian Congress! The message of compassion,
well-being, and respect for all - the basis of a vegetarian diet and
lifestyle - is so important and relevant today. Come to this unique
world congress and learn about the tremendous impacts that food and
our systems of food production have on us and the world around us
- you will be amazed. You'll be surrounded by progressive people from
all over the world and make friendships that transcend borders and
politics. And don't forget that the all-vegan food will be incredible.
We are living crucial times - war, exploitation and unprecedented deterioration of natural resources. There is famine in the world - and violence. But how to reap peace if we practice violence every day at the moment we eat? Never in human history were animals treated and killed in so many quantities and in so appalling condition, prevented from expressing their more basic instincts, prevented from living among their natural family groups, treated as an item in the production-line. Human health is also not good around the world. Scenery is desolated. The main factor of the destruction of the Amazon forest is beef rearing and soy plantation. Soy to whom? To turn into cattle feed - answering to a world demand for more and more meat. It is proved that a meat centered diet is linked to the main illnesses that affect western societies. The standard Western diet exhausts and contaminates natural resources; generates illness, and causes terrible suffering to the animals.
To all these serious problems vegetarianism has a message. And it is all this that we will be addressing during the 6 days we will be gathered in beautiful Dresden. But it won't be just problems - vegetarianism is after all a very positive way of life, a culture of peace, joy, compassion and respect for all forms of being.
Come to give your contribution.
Come to enjoy with us.
One who can dream it, can do it! Whatever may be the constraints, if you start dreaming from today, you will be there on that day. Dresden is centrally located in the globe and after the event, one can cover many European countries and make it a tour of the life!
I welcome everybody who cares for the 'health of the earth' to be there at Dresden for the Centenary Celebrations of the IVU.
- Vn.Shankar Narayan, President - Indian Vegan Society; IVU Council Member
Vegetarian Society (North Carolina, USA)
If past Congresses are any measure, you should expect great camaraderie and networking among kind people from around the world, speakers on a variety of topics to help you in your move toward or interest in a plant-based diet, tasty vegan food (afterall, the theme is "100 Years of Food Revolution"), and an unbeatable opportunity to recharge yourself in a week of vegetarianism. Please join me in supporting Hildegund Scholvien and the organizers of this Congress!
Indian Vegetarians (UK)
- Nitin Mehta, Founder
Young Indian Vegetarians, UK
If leaders of other IVU Member Societies would like to send a (brief!) personal message with a small photo we will be happy to add more here! Send to John Davis, IVU Manager :