|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
from The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 15, 2000
A lifelong Malaga resident, Mr. Dinshah founded the American Vegan Society
in 1960 and was its president for 40 years. He operated the society originally
from offices in his Malaga home, where individuals seeking to become vegetarians
or vegans would often come and stay for a week or perhaps a month to learn
how to live both ethically and with a healthful diet. The society acquired
a nearby office building in the mid-1970s. and Mr. Dinshah remodeled the
building room by room.
"A vegan is a vegetarian for strictly ethical reasons - respecting
the rights of all living creatures. Mr. Dinshah explained in a 1970 interview.
"Not a religion, but a philosophy of life, veganism is an advanced
way of living extending to all living creatures compassion, kindness and
justice exemplified in the Golden Rule," he said. "Vegans abstain
from all animal products including meat, milk, eggs, butter, fish and
fowl, and true vegans will not use leather shoes or belts or wear furs."
Mr. Dinshah was raised as lacto-vegetarian from birth by his parents,
the late Dinshah P. Ghadiali and Irene Grace Hoger Dinshah. His diet in
later years consisted of fruits, salads, vegetables, grains, legumes,
nuts and seeds. As a vegan. he also wore only synthetic or cotton clothing
and canvas or plastic shoes. His ethic of reverence for life was expounded
through writings and essays and crusades that took him across North America
and around the world. He had helped organise conventions, including the
1975 World Vegetarian Congress at the Unlversity of Maine, that played
significant roles in the development of the [American] vegetarian and
vegan movements that flourish today.
Mr. Dinshah was the self-published author of Out of the Jungle
in 1967 and Song of India in 1973 and had edited an anthology titled
Here's Harmlessness in 1964. He had written numerous articles for
Ahimsa, the Society's magazine.
At 23, Mr. Dinshah went to see a slaughterhouse on Front Street in Philadelphia,
recalled Freya Smith Dinshah, his wife of 39 years. "It was so terrible
an experience that I think it changed the direction of his life forever."
Mr. Dinshah was home-schooled by his parents. He enjoyed playing the piano and singing old songs. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Daniel and Anne. Memorial donations may be made to the American Vegan Society, Box 369, Malaga, New Jersey, USA 08328-0908