|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
Welcome back to our international youth page. Last time, our word game involved the names of the members of the new International Council. Did you find all the names? This time, we are sharing with you a "vegetarian alphabet meal". There are foods starting with almost every letter of the English alphabet. See if you can find all of the foods listed. When you find them, check them off them in the game below.
We are accustomed these days to having vegetarian societies in many countries which provide information for those who want to go vegetarian. But it wasn't always like that, and it was only through the hard work of pioneers that we have a strong movement today. People looked upon vegetarians as being strange because they refused to eat meat, and the life of these pioneers wasn't easy. One of these people was Henry Salt.
Salt was born in India in 1851, and came to England with his mother in 1852. He was distantly related to the Danish Royal family, but at school, he soon became known for his "revolutionary" opinions and a campaigner for the vegetarian way of life, or Food Reform, as it was called then. He was also a tireless worker against the practice of carrying out experiments on animals, known as vivisection, and worked for human as well as animal rights. At the time, in the late nineteenth century, such views were very unfashionable, although there were many other reformers, such as the novelist Bernard Shaw and Gandhi. He corresponded with Gandhi, and met him a few times, including at a meeting of the London Vegetarian Society in 1931. It was Salt's book "A Plea for Vegetarianism" that Gandhi first read when he arrived in London in the 1890's as a poor student. It seems that they spoke together at a meeting of the Vegetarian Federal Union (which later became the IVU) in 1891, two years after it was formed.
Salt went to University and did so well that he was invited back to his old school as a teacher. But he was too much a radical to stay there for long, and decided to stop eating flesh foods. He thought that all the other teachers at the school were "cannibals", living on animal flesh.
By 1891, Salt was not only a vegetarian, but also a pacifist and political radical. He wrote for vegetarian journals, including The Humane Review, and worked tirelessly for several organizations dedicated to spreading the word on kindly treatment of animals. He wrote many essays, books, plays and poems urging animal rights and vegetarianism. Salt died in 1939, but he and his many writings were not well known. More recently, some of his books have been reprinted. Here is an extract from one of his books:
"I suggest that in proportion as man is truly humanized, not by schools of cookery but by schools of thought, he will abandon the barbarous habit of his flesh-eating ancestors, and will make gradual progress towards a purer, simpler, more humane and therefore more civilized diet-system"
IVU WORD GAME
Check the box next to the name/country above when you have found it and checked the letters below.
Note: if you live in a country where you (or your parents!) have to pay a 'phone bill to stay online, you can log off and this game will still work! - you might need to scroll sideways to be able to see all the letters.