|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)
14th World Vegetarian Congress 1955
North Americans at the Congress
The minutes of the IVU Executive Committee meeting, October 18,
1953, in London record:
The minutes of the IVU Executive Committee meeting, May 1-2, 1954,
in Paris record:
The Congress program gave Woodland Kahler as a member of the IVU Executive Commitee and joint Secretary of the Congress.
From the program:
Report from the Vegetarian Messenger (Manchester):
Delegates were received on Sunday evening by Mrs. Clarence Gasque
Mr. WOODLAND KAHLER (America) took as his title: "Nostalgia for Perfection," and said, "Fortunately, for the future of animals as well as men, there is a better world close at hand waiting to be lived in, a world fortified by something far more effective than atom bombs and mass injection of serum. Some are already citizens of this better world, others, suffering from enervation and toxemia due to ignorance of Natural Hygiene, have been slow about applying for naturalization!
Almost all of us have been brought up in the inorganic garden-ing world, perfumed with insecticides instead of flowers, but no man can hurt himself without hurting life as a whole. Nothing ethically unjust to man or monkey is ever scientifically sound-a scientific fact of facts as well as an eternal reality. Out of friendship with the land comes friendship with animals, and at length between man and man-the only answer to man's nostalgia for perfection."Lee PRITZKER (Canada), in a recording, spoke of his conception of ''A Vegetarian World," and gave the following characteristics of the vegetarian of the future:-
1. Far more efficient mentally.
Mr. Pritzker thought that a man or woman should be returned for every parliamentary constituency so that the attributes of woman should find their place in national life-when this happened slaughter-houses would soon be abolished and the advent of a flesh free diet be quickened.
Officials Elected. The following were re-elected for a two year term
of office :-
Mr.Curtis Freshel (USA) was elected as a Vice-President of IVU. Mr Freshel and his wife, Emarel were good friends of George Bernard Shaw and had founded the 'Milennium Guild', a vegetarian group in the US which had been represented as far back as the 1926 IVU Congress.
Report from the Vegetarian News (London):
Mrs. Clarence Gasque was re-elected President, and warm expressions
of gratitude for her most generous financial support of the International
Vegetarian Union were spontaneously made by all present.
The names of the lecturers, with their titles, were as follows:-
Minutes of the Business Sessions
Election of Officers: Mrs Clarence Gasque (U.S.A.) was re-elected President
for a further term of office.