|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)
Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)
From The Vegetarian (London), April 28, 1894:
TO INDIANS IN ENGLAND
[Mr. M. K. Gandhi has sent round the following letter to the Indians in England, and we reproduce it here to show what active work is still being done in our midst by Mr. Gandhi, in spite of the distance which separates him from us. And yet our opponents say that Vegetarian Indians have no persistence of purpose like the sons of "Honest John Bull !" ED. Veg.]
"MY DEAR BROTHER, - If you are a Vegetarian I think it is your duty to join the London Vegetarian Society, and to subscribe to The Vegetarian if you have not done so already.
It is your duty because -
Many more reasons can be given to show why you should join the Society, and subscribe to The Vegetarian, but I hope these will be sufficient to induce you to view my proposal with favour.
Even if you are not a Vegetarian, you will find that many of the above reasons apply to you also, and you can subscribe to The Vegetarian, and who knows but you may in the end consider it a privilege to join the rank of those who never depend for their existence on the blood of their fellow creatures.
Of course there is also the Manchester Vegetarian Society and its organ the Vegetarian Messenger. I have pleaded for the L.V.S. and its organ simply because it is so very handy being in London, and because its organ is weekly.
I do trust that you will not excuse yourself from joining and subscribing on the score of economy, for the subscription is so small, and it is sure to more than repay your money.
Hoping you will not consider this an impertinence on my part." - Yours in brotherly love,
M. K. Gandhi.