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The Vegetarian Society (UK) and IVU, 1920s


The following reports are from the Vegetarian Messenger (VSUK magazine):

August 1923

International Vegetarian Union. ... After extending a hearty welcome to all, he called upon the Hon. Congress Secretary, Madame Lombard (Stockholm), to read the Roll Call of the Delegates. Each rose as his or her name was called. The following is a full list : ...England - Miss Mathilde Hompes (Editor of Vegetarian Messenger, General Secretary of the International Vegetarian Union), Manchester ; W. A. Sibly (Headmaster, Wycliffe College), Stonehouse, Gloucestershire ; James Hough (Secretary of the Vegetarian Society), Manchester Henry B. Amos (General Secretary of the Vegetarian Cycling and Athletic Club) London ; Charles W. Forward (London Vegetarian Society) ; ....

... The Hon. General Secretary of the International Vegetarian Union, Miss Mathilde Hompes (Manchester), read a full report or the work of the Union, ...

... We give the full list of papers in alphabetical order :- ... Mr. H. B .Amos (London) on " Diet for Strength," ... C. W. Forward (London) on "Vegetarianism and its Basis of Scientific Truth," ... Mathilde Hompes " Report for International Vegetarian Union," James Hough (Manchester) on " Methods of Propaganda," ... W. A. Sibly on "The Work Done at Wycliffe College" (with lantern slides), ... Frank Wyatt " Report for London Vegetarian Society." ...

... The Chairman said that, owing to the great disturbance caused by the War the Committee felt as if we ought almost to make a new beginning and that the Constitution would need some alteration. He invited members for the International Vegetarian Unon and the delegates from the following countries expressed their desire to join :- ... England, ... Some discussion arose as to the advisability of admitting Nature Healing Societies as members of the International Vegetarian Union. ... , Miss Hompes, ... Mr. C. W. Forward, ... , Mr. Sibly, .... Mr. Hough took part. ...

... INVITATIONS FOR THE NEXT CONGRESS were brought from :-
1. England (co-operatively from the Vegetarian Society and the London Vegetarian Society).
2. From Switzerland, but its delegate, Dr. Oberdörfer. was willing a let it stand over to the next Conference but one. He pointed out that Switzerland is the centre of Europe and a Federation.
The invitation from England was accepted and expressions of preference for London were recorded. ...

... General Secretary : Miss Hompes expressed her desire to retire. This was reluctantly and regrettully accepted and sue was elected General Secretary Emeritus for Life, with consulting and voting powers. ...

August 1929

THE INTERNATIONAL VEGETARIAN CONGRESS IN CZECHO-SLOVAKIA.

... The British Societies were represented by four delegates and it is worthy of note that each delegate is a member of both the Vegetarian Society and the London Vegetarian Society. It is also gratifying to place on record that the two Societies joined in one national report, presented by Mr. James Hough, and co-operated throughout the Congress in the many events in whch the British representatives were asked to take part. ...

... It was especially pleasing to the British delegates that Doctor Walter Walsh's lecture on "Vegetarianism and World Brother-hood" was accorded a great reception and was spoken of as being worthy to be placed first of the many fine speeches of the Congress....

... The Vegetarian Society and the London Vegetarian Society each sent two delegates, the former being represented by Dr. Walter Walsh and Mr. James Hough, and the latter by Mrs. Harold Goddard and Mr. Frank Wyatt. It was at least a source of satisfaction to the British delegates themselves that all four were actually members of both societies. ...

... The first speaker in the afternoon was Dr. Walter Walsh (London), whose address, delivered to a crowded assembly, brought him a remarkable ovation at the close. Unfortunately, we have space for only the briefest summary, but the reader will like to know that a full report is to appear in THE VEGETARIAN MESSENGER for next month. Dr. Walsh's subject was "Vegetarianism in relation to World Brotherhood." Prefacing his argument with the statement that "If we are zealous for food reform, for the abolition of blood-foods, it is because we believe a mercy-diet to be the simplest of all means to the most desirable of all ends," the speaker went on to declare that "human rights will never be fully granted as long as animal rights are denied." Having adopted the bloodless altar, said Dr. Walsh, they must go on to adopt the bloodless dinner table as well, and from that it would be but a step that mankind should henceforth refuse to tolerate those bloody battle-fields which were the very negation of human brotherhood. Wars and massacres did not germinate among those who practised a mercy diet. "If," concluded the speaker, "we would have war to cease, if we would have oppression and injustice cease, if we would have slavery and exploitation cease, if we would have the Golden Age arrive and the fabled Eden become a historic reality, we must foster that spirit of universal pity and justice without which world-brotherhood remains a vain and impossible dream." ...

... Mr. James Hough, Secretary of the Vegetarian Society, was given the honour of submitting the following resolution, which Dr. Ude, with his accustomed eloquence and high authority, seconded: "That this International Vegetarian Congress desires to urge that an inquiry be instituted by the appropriate depart-ment of the League of Nations into the question of the food supplies of the populations of selected countries in regard to the effect of those supplies on world peace." ...

 

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