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Vegetarian Federal Union 1889-1911

From The Vegetarian (London) June 4, 1892:

Vegetarian Federal Union

Gathered from far ans wide came the delegates to the Annual Meeting of the Vegetarian Federal Union. Of all the assemblies in the Vegetarian world, the Annual Meeting and the Autumn Congress of the V.F.U. are far and away the most important, for they represent, not the working of a single executive, not the record of a single city, but the concensus of world-wide ideas and records gathered from the uttermost ends of the earth.

The morning was devoted to busines relating to the past and the future ; the afternoon was filled up with the consideration of six papers, and after a dinner held at the "Central", the evening's programme of music, speeches and prize distribution attracted an audience which filled the library to overflowing.

The morning's session commenced with the usual routine work, and was followed by the secretary's report which showed a splendid increase of world-wide interest in Vegetarianism beyond what the most sanguine, a few years ago, could have expected.

Reports were presented from a number of Societies, some of these have already appeared in The Vegetarian and that of the Exeter Society is hereto appended. It is to be regretted that all the societies who call themselves Vegetarian had not done enough work during the past year to be worth sending their report. Great credit is especially due to those small societies who are using the limited means in their power, to their utmost ability, and are strenuously fighting against overwhelming odds. It is from this young and energetic blood that the future greater Vegetarian triumphs will come.

The officers elected were, Chairman ; A. F. Hills, Treasurer ; Josiah Oldfield, while the offer of the L.V.S. to carry on the secretariat temporarily was gratefully accepted.

An important topic was incidentally touched upon in the voluntary disclaimer by teh London Vegetarian Society that by offering to do the work of the V.F.U. for the time, they did not thereby wish to take any priority of importance over any other society in the Union.

It was decided that a Congress should be held in Birmingham in October, and a number of names were chosen, from which the bi-monthly committee was authorised to select a president for the Congress.

Authoruty was granted to appoint hon. local secretaries throughout the world with the intent that each one so appointed should work towards the formation of a self-governing society. Literature depots were also ordered to be opened wherever possible.

The chief feature of the morning, however, was the discussion on the political programme.

At the last meeting of the V.F.U. at Cambridge, the subject was brought up and a political programme was instructed to be drafted.

The following are clauses included in it. The first three were adopted the remainder are referred to an adjourned meeting to be held on Friday, June 24th :-

[the Political Programme that followed included some clauses about transport of live cattle, improving abbatoirs etc - but it also included sveral items not directly related to vegetaianism - votes for women, abolition of the death penalty etc etc.]

The conference did not break up till 2 o'clock. After a short interval for luncheon the session was resumed for the hearing of papers on subjects allied to Vegetarianism. [details of the papers followed].

A short discussion on vital food, suggested by Mr. Hills' subject took place at the close,a nd at 6.30 the company adjourned to the "Central" for dinner, [the menu followed].

The dinner was a great success and reflected great credit on the managers of Mr. Roscoe's well-known restaurant. [details of the evening public speeches and music followed].