|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
News Ė March 2007
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invitation brochures for the 2008 IVU World Vegetarian Congress in
Recently there have been a few changes, above all for the hotel reservations. They are worth a look at the internet page:
And a reminder: the first deadline for early and cheaper booking is 30th July 2007.
folks at Veg TV have recently uploaded more videos from the 2006 IVU
World Vegetarian Congress in
is an annual event held to encourage meat eaters to give vegetarianism
a try for a day or more. On (or around) March 20 ó thousands of people
in all 50
annual event celebrated in countries around the world is International
Meatless Day, which is held every 25th of November. In 2006,
millions of people signed a pledge to go meatless that day. Among the
signers was Megawati Sukarnoputri, the immediate past president of
Sitio Vegetariano (
Vegetariano, the website founded by the people who helped organize the
2004 IVU World Vegetarian Congress in
The veg-brasil discussion list, created at the same time and associated with Sitio, had about 90 member in 2000. Now, it has an average of 2000 members. veg-brasil was also the worldís first veg discussion list in Portuguese. These numbers show the great interest on vegetarianism in the world of the Portuguese language.
On January 28, 200y the new SŪtioVEG was launched.
VegDining.com has launched "Supporting Vegetarianism at the Grassroots" Program. By yearís end, VegDining will be awarding support valued at up to US$75,000 to promote the work of up to 50 vegetarian groups around the world, as determined by visitors to VegDining.com.
"Since we launched our site in September 1999, weíve been an active supporter of vegetarian groups around the world" says Dennis Bayomi, founder of VegDining.com. "Our new program increases our support in a very significant way", adds Bayomi, himself a long-time vegetarian group activist.
From now until the end of October 2007 (World Vegetarian Month), visitors to VegDining.com with a paid-up VegDining Card or VegDining login account may nominate two vegetarian groups that they'd like VegDining to support. Up to fifty groups receiving the most nominations, in four different group-size categories, will receive VegDining support.
Groups will receive support in the form of paid advertising/sponsorships by VegDining via those groupsí publications/websites/events, merchandise including VegDining Cards, and cash donations.
In addition, VegDining will offer part of the proceeds on every VegDining Card and login account purchased until October 31 towards the International Vegetarian Union's (IVU) Regional Development fund, which assists new vegetarian groups around the world, many in poorer countries. A minimum of $500 US will be donated by VegDining to support this program.
For more information about VegDiningís program, visit their site at VegDining.com
Potlucks: An Interview with Garry Choo of the
are one way for vegetarians to get together, enjoy each otherís company,
show off their culinary skills and try new dishes. In the interview
below, Garry Choo
, of the
Q: Letís start with a little biographical info. What is your occupation? Have long have you been veg? Why did you go veg?
Q: How long have you been organizing potlucks?
Q: What led you to start organizing potlucks?
Q: How do you publicize the potlucks?
Q: How did you begin? What was the first potluck like?
Q: What venues do you use? What are some other possibilities?
Q: How do you deal with plates, forks, spoons, etc.?
Q: Do people have to sign up ahead of time?
Q: Do you ask people to list the ingredients in their dishes? For example, what if some people donít take garlic or onion, or some are allergic to a particular food?
Q: How long do the events usually last?
Q: Other than eating, do you have any scheduled activities, such as ice breakers or screening a video?
Q: Do you ever have special themes for the potlucks, such as Asian food?
Q: Do you ever have a problem with not having enough food?
Q: Can someone show up without food and offer to clean-up or do some other task?
Q: Are there any legal issues involved, such as what happens if someone suffers food poisoning?
Q: What are some problems that youíve encountered or might encounter, and how do you try to avoid them?
9-10, 2007 are the dates of the Bristol Vegan Fayre to be held in
An important document for promoting vegetarianism was published by the United Nationís Food and Agricultural Organization. It describes the many ways that meat production is doing increasingly serious harm to the environment:†
Book on Bird Flu Available Free Online
Flu has been grabbing headlines again. Fortunately, a new book by a
prominent vegetarian author, provides important insights into the topic.
Michael Greger, M.D., is Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture
at The Humane Society of the
His latest book, Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching, can be downloaded at no cost at birdflubook.com/g.php?id=5 or you can purchase a hard copy from amazon.com on the right, with commission to IVU.
To read an interview with Michael, visit www.cok.net/magazine/20/cok-talks-with-dr-michael-greger
Hereís a short review of a new book which shows once again that other animals are not mere objects but are instead thinking beings with emotions and personalities.
The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy - and Why They Matter by Marc Bekoff with foreword by Jane Goodall.
Bekoff's latest book, complements other recent efforts, such as Balcombe's Pleasurable Kingdom and Masson and McCarthy's When Elephants Weep,† that have gone a long way toward establishing, in the popular mind,† the robustness of the emotional lives of animals other than humans.
".............Based on Marc Bekoff's years of experience studying the social communication patterns of a wide range of animals, this important book shows that animals have rich emotional lives. Not only can animal emotions teach us about love, empathy, and compassion, argues Bekoff ó they require us to radically rethink our current relationship of domination and abuse of animals. Award-winning scientist Bekoff skillfully blends extraordinary stories and anecdotes of animal grief, joy, embarrassment, anger, and love with the latest scientific research confirming the existence of emotions that commonsense experience has long implied. The author also explores the evolutionary purposes of emotions in a wide range of different species, showing how science is discovering brain structures that produce emotions, how we can track an evolutionary continuum based on shared brain structures among species, and how new information is being revealed by noninvasive neurological research techniques. Filled with Bekoff's light humor and touching stories, The Emotional Lives of Animals is a clarion call for reassessing both how we view animals and how we treat them."
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