|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
23rd IVU World Vegetarian Congress 1975
Orono, Maine, USA
Bangor Daily News, Tuesday, August 19, 1975
A grand day for vegetarians . . . under sunny summer skies in Maine
Vegetarians - a lean group puts its hope with youth
ORONO - The future of the international vegetarian movement lies with the youth of today.
That thought dominated the progress reports given by representatives of several European vegetarian groups speaking at the Monday morning session of the World Vegetarian Congress.
The Congress is being held at the University of Maine here, marking the first time the session has been held in North America. More than 1,000 vegetarians have gathered for the event, the 23rd of its kind.
"Remember that the journmey towards a more humane way of life has begun." Dr. Alec Burton, Sidney, Australia, told the audience assembled at Memorial Gymnasium Monday. Dr. Burton is founder of the Australian Natural Hygiene Society.
Although the South Australian Vegetarian Society is already 25 years old, it has only about 240 members.
"When you consider that there is a population of more than one million people in Southern Australia, there is little reason to rejoice," he continued.
"But we can take consolation in the young people who are turning to vegetarianism even though they may not belong to any society."
Although organized vegetarian groups may not be spreading and growing by leaps and bounds, they are at least making people aware of alternatives to a meat dominated way of life.
To spread the vegetarian concept, the South Australian speaker pointed to his groups' journal which is sent to members as well as health food stores for distribution. In the future, the society plans displays in shopping centers and regular releases to the press.
The Australian Vegetarian Society, one of the oldest groups, now has a youth group organization which is connected with the International Vegetarian Union. Many of the young people have been attracted to vegetarianism through the practice of yoga, according to the Austrian (sic)representative.
During the speakers' brief, three-minute progress reports, one young lady in the audience asked to speak for the Geneva Vegetarian Society.
She reported that community dinners organized by the society have attracted many young people and have gotten vegetarianism more into the public eye.
She, along with other speakers, believes that introducing vegetarian foods to the public is the best way of converting meat-eaters. She reported, with a smile, that while on the flight from Geneva via Swiss Airlines, it was announced that a vegetarian dinner would be served to those who has signed up in advance. Since she had done that she enjoyed her vegetarian meal which, she claimed, looked much more appetizing than the meat meal which was served.
Reports from other vegetarian societies, including Holland; Sweden; Johannesburg, South Africa; and the United Kingdom (England), indicated that cookbooks vegetarian society publications, information leaflets and contacts with the press are the most widely used means of informing the general public about the vegetarian way of life.
Following the morning progress reports. The vegetarians broke up into small workshops on topics ranging from natiral gardening methods to health problems related to meat-eating to yoga and natural childbirth.
More progress reports from other countries will be given both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings beginning at 9.00 a.m. in Memorial Gymnasium. Tuesday workshops will run from 10.45 a.m. to and from 3.45 to 5 p.m. at various locations around campus. A lecture and demonstration on vegetarianism in sports and athletics will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Gymnasium.
Tuesday's evening session beginning at 7.30 will feature a special Indian Night program with discussion on the rights of animals.