|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
News from Switzerland
from EVU News, Issue 1, 1996
Furious farmers: "Remove the exhibition!"It was accorded with the owner of a health food store and chemist shop to show the exhibition 'Vegetarianism, health, animal protection, environment, ethics, prejudices, famous vegetarians' - which has been shown already at the EVU Congress in Bratislava and at the Congress day in Lindau (Germany) - in the entrance hall of the shopping centre in my home town, Widnau, at the beginning of March.
The three posterwalls (pictured right) were exposed at the beginning of the week and should have stayed there until Saturday afternoon. A lot of people stopped, read the posters, went into the shop to ask for more information and leaflets. All went well and the chemist was content. Friday night I got a fax in which he asked me to remove the exposition at once because he feared for his shop to be destroyed by furious farmers. When I went to the mall some hours later, everything was calm again and nothing was destroyed, but the chemist asked me to take the poster-walls away.
I think we are on the right way: perhaps for the first time in history meat-eaters are taking us seriously and are on the defensive.
Sigrid De Leo
Ten Minutes For a Strong Meal100% Burger - 100% Vegetable
Coop, one of the biggest super-market chains in Switzerland, has launched a vegan product: Burger Vegetal.
"The juicy and delicious Burger vegetal needs only 10 minutes, fry without fat, accompany with salad and you have a strong, wholefood meal. The tasty Burgers made from cereals and vegetables are a reserve of strength and energy, for they supply carbohydrates as well as fibres for a good digestion.
Exclusively at COOP in the Meat Department."
Three types of Burgers are available: Burger Vegetal Curry, Broccoli, Nature.
I wrote to 'Migros' about their vegetarian product 'Cornatur' (see EVU News 3/4 95), which is also only to be found in the meat department, saying that it is unreasonable for a vegetarian to enter the meat department. I asked whether the products could not be offered in the cheese-milk department. The answer was that the intention is to give meat-eaters an alternative! I hope that every day more and more meat-eaters benefit from the vegetarian products.
A Seventh Day Adventist priest answered once, when asked why he recommended the vegetarian diet, but did not say a word about the ethical problems of killing animals: "The more people eat plant food, the more their eyes will be opened and they will understand the ethical reasons all by themselves"
Sigrid De Leo