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6th World Vegetarian Congress 1926

London, England

From The Vegetarian News (London), May 1926:


In view of the International Vegetarian Congress, the Esperanta Vegetara Societo issues a cordial invitation to all vegetarians to a social gathering in honour of the foreign visitors, to be held at South Place Institute, Moorgate, E.C.2 on Tuesday, May 25th, at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided, and tickets can be obtained free on application to Miss Hilda Langelaan, 60 Inderwick Road, N.8.

The committee of the South Place Ethical Society, meeting at South Place Chapel, Finsbury Pavement, E.C.2, has very kindly accepted the suggestion of the Esperanta Vegetara Societo that, in view of the Congress, a lecturer be asked to deal with a topic related to vegetarianism on Sunday morning, May 30th, at 11 0'clock. Mr. Edgar J. Saxon is the lecturer selected, and he will speak on "Nature Cure : its meanings and implications." All interested will be welcome.

From The Vegetarian News (London), July 1926:


The vegetarian Esperantists took advantage of the presence in London of the delegates to the International Vegetarian Congress to invite them to a reception at South Place Institute on Tuesday evening, May 25th. The principal speech of the evening was that of Mr. Montagu C. Butler, secretary of the British Esperanto Association.

Mr. Butler said that he had been an Esperantist and a vegetarian for between fifteen and twenty years, and felt that the Esperantists had much to learn from the vegetarians, and vice versa. The Esperanto Vegetarian Society was founded with the aim of giving addresses and lectures on vegeterianism to the Esperanto societies, and of spreading a knowledge of vegetarian principles by this means. Already at Esperanto congresses and conferences provision was always made for vegetarians, who formed no inconsiderable proportion of the members. The present meeting, on the other hand, was convened with the hope of interesting members of the International Vegetarian Congress in Esperanto, and of pointing out to them the immense advantages which the international language offered to them for the advancement of the vegetarian cause. Firstly in that the use of Esperanto in congresses immensely facilitated business and avoided waste of time. In this connection, it was instructive to compare the great Esperanto congresses of up to five thousand people from forty nations, where all business was carried on in Esperanto only, all the members being on neutral ground and speaking one common language; whereas at the average international congress, from four to seven languages were used officially, with interminable translations, misunderstandings, and miscomprehensions. Secondly, literatnre printed in Esperanto reached a large and thoughtful class of readers throughout the whole world, and was one of the best means of spreading ideas internationally.

Mr. James Hough, one of the secretaries to the International Vegetarian Congress, gave a short address in which he reminded those present of the fact that Esperanto was already officially recognized by the Congress and there was no doubt that it would be on future occasions Mr. Hough also pointed out that both movements were akin, in that each, in its own particular way, was working for the peace and welfare of the world. H.L.

From TEVA The Esperantist Vegetarian Movement celebrates its 90th year - EVU News 1998:

On the occasion of the International Congress of Vegetarians in Britain in 1926, the secretary of the London Vegetarian Society, Frank Wyatt, responded to the greetings of the then VLE:

"I heartily thank you for your kind greetings to members and friends of the London Vegetarian Society who were gathered at Bexhill-on-Sea. Your greeting was read to those present and the proposal for a reciprocal greeting warmly acclaimed. We wish success to the Vegetarian Esperantist League in all its efforts to spread Esperanto and Vegetarianism. Each of our two movements, in its own way, is helping to spread the same great principles. I trust that the next International Vegetarian Congress will show to all interested people that, in their aims Esperantists and Vegetarians are essentially united”

Sincerely yours, Frank Wyatt