News – October 2008
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Table of Contents
- IVU Website Hosts New Index of International Veg Events
- Chinese Language Email Group on Vegetarianism
- Europe United!
- A Bit of Veg Web History
- Interview with the Leader of Young Indian Vegetarians
- Statement on Environmental Issues by IVU International Council
- IVU’s Regional Coordinator for North America, Dilip Barman - What Cooking Challenge Is He Doing?
- PETA Joins IVU
- Welcome To New IVU Member and Associate Member Organisations, Patrons and Business Supporter
- Worth-A-Look Books
- Upcoming Events
- Interview with Released Austrian Animal Protection Activist
- Israel’s Next Prime Minister a Vegetarian?
- Web Professionals, Please Volunteer
- Opposing Views about Meat Eating
- Cartoon: “What’s the Beef Cost?”
- Welcome to Organisations That Have Recently Registered with IVU
- Other Online Sources of Veg News
- Please Write for IVU Online News
IVU Website Hosts New Index of International Veg Events
Planning an event intended to attract visitors from more than just your own
country? If so, send the details IVU Manager, John Davis.
Your event will be listed at www.ivu.org/congress
Chinese Language Email Group on Vegetarianism
IVU has a wide and growing variety of email groups, for example, groups for various regions of the world, such as Africa and Asia/Pacific. Recently, a Chinese language email group, ivu-cn, was launched:
If you enjoying reading and writing about vegetarian issues and news in Chinese, this group is worth a look.
The European Vegetarian Union was founded in 1985 to represent the interests of IVU Member Societies in Europe. From then, it became increasingly independent and in 1997 decided to become a completely separate organisation. An agreement has now been reached which allows EVU to retain full autonomy whilst once again representing all the IVU Member Societies in Europe.
The agreement now is very simple: Join EVU and Get IVU free!
Any full member society in Europe can now pay just one annual subscription to EVU, and automatically qualifies for full membership of IVU.
This does not apply to Associate Member Societies, or to Individual or Business Supporters, who are still welcome to support IVU, or EVU, or both.
For full details see: www.ivu.org/europe/evusubs.html
Renato Pichler, President of EVU
George Jacobs, Chair of the IVU International Council
A Bit of Veg Web History
Vegetarianism and related trends, such as concern for our fellow animals, now abound in cyberspace. Here, courtesy of IVU (International Vegetarian Union) historian, John Davis, is a listing of some of the older veg sites in cyberspace.
photo right - from the cybercafe of the 1996 IVU World Vegetarian Congress in Johnstown, PA, USA
Interview with the Leader of Young Indian Vegetarians
Continuing our series of email interviews with leaders of IVU member societies, here is an interview with Mr Nitin Metha, leader of Young Indian Vegetarians - www.youngindianvegetarians.co.uk – a UK-based organisation. Nitin is the recipient of numerous awards, including The ‘Glory of India’ award presented by the India International Friendship Society. Recipients are honoured for their outstanding leadership in the field of promoting India and Indian culture in the United Kingdom, thereby making Mother India proud. Previous recipients of the award include: Mother Teresa, cricketer Sunil Gavaskar and film star Dev Anand.
If you would like to suggest someone (including yourself) to be interviewed, please send the person’s name and email address to email@example.com
What made you decide to become/remain a vegetarian? When did that happen? How old were you at the time?
read the full interview... (opens in a new window)
Statement on Environmental Issues by IVU International Council
The following statement is from the IVU International Council. Please distribute it widely through your own networks, email groups, journals etc. Careful translations into your own language where appropriate would be very much appreciated.
The International Council of the International Vegetarian Union wishes to
bring to the attention of member societies and other interested parties the
growing awareness deserved by the connection between, on one hand, the
production of meat and other animal-based products and, on the other hand,
environmental destruction. While this connection has long been known, recent
reports, such as the FAO's "Livestock's Long Shadow", have strengthened the
case and increased public consciousness of the fact that vegetarianism is an
eco-friendly choice, due to the link between livestock farming and climate
change and to links between livestock farming and deforestation and habitat
destruction, water and energy resource depletion, and food conversion
inefficiency and waste.
The IVU website offers one place to learn more about why vegetarianism is an
eco-friendly choice and about how to inform the public about this. For
instance, at www.ivu.org/members/globalwarming.html resources can be
found on animal-based food's contribution to global warming. The
environment, like all issues, is a complex one. It is suggested that member
societies and other interested parties endeavour to stay up-to-date, to rely
on reputable information sources, to avoid exaggeration and to share
resources with other green groups, including fellow vegetarian
organisations. The IVU website and various IVU internet lists offer avenues
for this sharing of resources.
IVU’s Regional Coordinator for North America, Dilip Barman - What Cooking Challenge Is He Doing?
IVU International Council member Dilip Barman wears many hats, including IVU Regional Coordinator for North America (his predecessor, Gerry Coffey, now serves on IVU IC as IVU Global Press and Media Officer), computer scientist and organic rose grower, not to mention being the long-time president of Triangle Vegetarian Society in North Carolina, USA. Read more about Dilip, including his unique vegan cooking challenge, here:
PETA Joins IVU
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, just in case anyone hasn't heard of them!) has now subscribed as an Associate Member of IVU.
Associate Members do not have a vote. PETA joining IVU is just an indication of support for IVU and a way of keeping communications open for any mutual benefit. There are a lot of different opinions about the way PETA carries out its campaigns; some people love what PETA does, while others are less enthusiastic.
Their main base is in Norfolk, VA, USA - www.peta.org
PETA describes its international affiliates as, “separate entities but we do share ideas, work together, etc., a good deal."
PETA has at least 70 websites - www.peta.org/other.asp - several of which are in the top 100 most visited veg-related sites, including the top two, and nine websites specifically promoting veg*ism with the most popular of those being www.goveg.com
Here’s a recent PETA video exposing common practices inflicted on pigs.
Welcome To New IVU Member and Associate Member Organisations, Patrons and Business Supporter
Vegetarian Association of Ghana – contact: Dada Pramananda - firstname.lastname@example.org
Vegetarian Society Mauritius - www.vegetariansocietymauritius.org
- People for Animals, Faridabad, India - email@example.com
- PETA - see above...
- Professor P.K. Jain of Botswana, who has also been coopted to the IVU International Council.
- Tsai, Tsui-Yun Jamila of the Chong Hua Vegetarian Union of Taiwan.
Mui VeganMacrobiotics, Vegetarian Cuisine & Cooking Class in Kyoto, Japan veganmacro.com
Japan has a history over half a century of real vegetarian macrobiotic diet.
We offer delicious vegetarian cuisine which does not use any animal food.
Karen Dawn of Dawn Watch - www.dawnwatch.com/alerts.htm
- has a new book, "Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way We Treat Animals."
Here’s one example of the praise this book is receiving:
“In an age, and in a medium, in which people seem to be content with quick clichés and approximations, Karen Dawn writes a lucid and accurate prose that could be held up as a model to her profession. Her work treads that fine line between the provocative and the counterproductively undiplomatic assuredly.”
— JM Coetzee, author of ‘Disgrace’ and winner of 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature
1. October is a month resplendent in special days on the veg calendar. IVU has listed some of these at www.ivu.org/vegmonth Please help us list your event by sending the necessary information.
2. European Vegetarian Union Talks, planned for Croatia, May 2009, no details available yet but see www.euroveg.eu for the latest when it is listed. A brief history of vegetarianism in Crotia, including the fact that the first veg society there was formed in 1928, resides at www.ivu.org/history/societies/croatia
3. Asian Vegetarian Union Congress, 6-10 Nov 2009, Batam, Indonesia, more details soon.
Interview with Released Austrian Animal Protection Activist
The great news is that on 2 Sep, all of the Austrian animal protection activists arrested in May, 2008 were finally released: www.austriasolidarity.com/index.php
Here is an interview, done just after their release, with one of the activists, Jürgen Faulmann, international campaigns director of the animal welfare organisation Four Paws: www.vierpfoten.org
How are you feeling today?
read the full interview.... (opens in a new window)
Israel’s Next Prime Minister a Vegetarian?
Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA) issued the following statement:
We congratulate vegetarian and animal-lover Tzipi Livni for winning the Kadima primary, which would make her Israel's first vegetarian prime minister, if she is able to form a government..
We urge Ms. Livni, should she become prime minister, to make it a major priority of her administration to help increase awareness of the many reasons for considering a shift toward vegetarian (and preferably vegan) diets. This would have the following benefits:
It would help reduce the epidemic of diseases afflicting many Israelis, and thus reduce Israel's soaring health costs, freeing money for other societal needs at a time when funds for these needs have been cut;
It would help reduce global warming and other environmental threats to Israel. A 2006 UN report indicated that 'livestock' agriculture emits more greenhouse gases (in CO2 equivalents) than all the cars and other means of transportation worldwide combined (18% vs. 13.5%). A 2007 report from the Israel Union for Environmental Defense projected that, unless major changes soon occur, global warming will cause severe heat waves, reduced rainfall of up to 30%, major storms, and flooding of the coastal plain where moat Israelis live by a rising Mediterranean.
It would result in the more efficient use of resources. While Israel is facing the worst drought in its history, animal-based diets require up to 14 times as much water as vegan diets, and also require far more energy and other resources.
It would be most consistent with Jewish teachings on preserving human health, treating animals with compassion, protecting the environment, conserving natural resources, helping hungry people and seeking and pursuing peace.
Web Professionals, Please Volunteer
IVU’s website has been growing in size, variety, languages and visits. And, there are lots more ideas for what the website could do, if more web professionals would volunteer their time to make the ideas into reality.
If you have a few hours a week to spare and good web skills, please send a brief CV to IVU webmaster, John Davis, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Opposing Views about Meat Eating
While the IVU website is relatively ancient, by web standards, there’s a new site, just launched this Jul, that provides different views on a wide variety of issues, including whether humans should eat our fellow animals: www.opposingviews.com/questions/should-we-eat-meat
It’s good to hear other sides some times. Also, the site has a place for readers to contribute their views.
Welcome to Organisations That Have Recently Registered with IVU
Other Online Sources of Veg News
There are many other places to go online for general veg-related news, rather than news mostly about one country or one organisation. Here are some.
- Dawn Watch www.dawnwatch.com/alerts.htm
- European Vegetarian Union www.euroveg.eu/lang/en/news/newsletter.php
- Farmed Animal Net www.farmedanimal.net
- Vegan Outreach www.veganoutreach.org/enewsletter
- VegE-News www.vege-news.com
- AnimalConcerns.org doesn't have a newsletter, but they post stories daily at www.animalconcerns.org/categories.html?do=shownews
- Last but not least, you can subscribe to IVU-Veg-News, which provides a mechanism for the exchange of news and information pertaining to vegetarianism and may be considered to be a public news wire ivu.org/news/veg-news
Plus, IVU has electronic lists for various regions around the world. Go to www.ivu.org/onlinenews.php and scroll down to find the list that caters to your area.
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