|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
History of Spanish
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For a more detailed early history see: Vegetarianism in Barcelona, 1907-1963 - A.Riera Paula, Spain, from a talk at the 1963 World Vegetarian Congress, held in Barcelona.
At the first IVU Congress in Dresden, August 1908, a message of support was sent from the Society in Barcelona.
In January 1909, the Vegetarian Messenger (VSUK magazine) reported:
In the March 1909 issue the Messenger says that a full account of the festivities in connection with the inauguration of the "Lliga Vegetariana," is given in the Revista Vegetariana . 'It is further reported that the membership has greatly increased'. This implies that the inauguration was fairly recent, but must have been far enough back for the membership to have increased.
In the December 1909 issue, reporting on the World Vegetarian Congress, held in Manchester teh Messenger says:
This seems to suggest that there was just one Society with national and Catalan sections.
Some extracts from the report of the 1910 IVU Congress held in Brussels:
The reports from the 1913 Congress, at The Hague, Holland, make no mention of any Spanish delegates, but they were back at the next Congress in 1923, in Stockholm, Sweden.
Extract from the reports of the 1926 Congress, held in London, England:
The reports for the IVU Congresses between 1929 and 1950 make no mention of Spain.
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1958 - The Vegetarian World Forum, July 1958, carried a complete list of IVU " Affiliated Societies - and others in association with the I.V.U." These included: Asociacion Pena Vegetariana (Society of Madrid), Sn Inchaustegui Pizzaro 19 Centro Riojana, Madrid.
The minutes of the IVU Executive Committee meeting in Paris, June 4, 1960, record: '1962 Congress: It was agreed that the invitation of Spanish vegetarians to hold the next Congress in Madrid, Spain, be accepted.'
1960 - Peña Vegetariana (Spain) mentioned
The minutes of the IVU General Meeting at the World Vegetarian Congress in Hannover, August 1960 record that at least one representative from Spain was present. It was the practice at the time for each member society to nominate a Vice-President of IVU, the minutes state:
1963 - Asociacion Vegetariana de Barcelona first mentioned
The 'note' was added some time after the meeting. The Congress planned for Madrid in 1962 actually took place in Barcelona in 1963. The minutes of the Business Meeting at that Congress note that the meeting was being 'held in Barcelona under the auspices of The Spanish Vegetarian Societies'.
During the meeting Prof D Manuel Cervera Cebolla and Dr D Vicente L Ferrandiz were elected as Vice-Presidents for Spain. This suggest that they represented two separate societies. The minutes conclude:
The minutes of the next IVU Committee meeting, November 10, 1963, at The Hague note: 'Affiliation of the Asocicion Vegetariana de Barcelona was reported and welcomed.' Which suggests that they were not members of IVU when the Congress was being organised.
1964 - Madrid Vegetarian Society mentioned
The minutes for November 1964 note that Dr Ferrandiz had accepted an invitation to be a speaker at the 1965 World Congress in England The same minutes state: 'FEDERACION VEGETARIANA ESPANOLA was reported to have been formed during the year and since the last Congress in Barcelona. A letter was read from S del Amo (Secretary) and its Affiliation welcomed. '
The minutes of the Business Meeting at the 1965 World Congress in England record: 'a warm welcome was given to Societies which had Affiliated since the last Congress. Madrid Vegetarian Society, followed by the Spanish Vegetarian Union ...' The same minutes note that the President of IVU, Mr Woodland Kahler, the Marquis de St.Innocent, was now living in Spain. Vice-Presidents include: Prof D M Cervera Cebolla and Dr V L Ferrandiz from Spain (but apparently not present). In the 'Society Reports' : 'The President spoke of the situation in Spain and how through a misunderstanding a large group from Spain had not attended'. There was a represetave from Spain at the Congress but not an official delegate of any society.
1971 - Spanish Vegetarian Naturist Federation frist mentioned
Following the 1971 World Congress at The Hague: 'In the March-1972 Newsletter from the Spanish Vegetarian Federation, appears a report about the XXI World Vegetarian Congress, on data given by the official Spanish delegate, Agustín Belda.'
At the 1975 World Congress in Maine, USA: Mr.Enrique Bueno & Mrs Pardo Inchategui are listed as Vice-Presidents along with the two already mentioned above. At the 1977 Congress it was just Mr.Enrique Bueno and Prof D M Cervera Cebolla, however the membership lists for 1977 and 1979 (the only two such lists to survive) both show no members societies in Spain.. The 1979 records list just Prof.D.M.Cervera Cebolla as a Vice-President (it appears to have been possible to elect a VP to represent any country where there was no member society). The next Congress, 1982, has no mention of Spain at all.
1980 - Asociación Vegetariana Canaria, Spain frist mentioned.
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At the 1986 World Congress, in Yugoslavia, Francisco Martin was elected to the International Council. The Asociación Vegana Española was founded in 1993. For current IVU Members and Supporters in Spain see www.ivu.org/europe.html
2003 - Unión Vegetariana Española formed
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