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History of the New
Zealand Vegetarian Societies
From the Vegetarian World Forum, Spring 1948:
NEW ZEALAND VEGETARIAN SOCIETY
On October 9th, the New Zealand Vegetarian Society and its Auckland Branch combined to hold a Vegetarian Dinner in Auckland to celebrate the successful establishment of the National Society as distinct from Branches. This dinner was also planned as an extension of the activities of World Week for Animals. The Society began its existence in Auckland in 1943, and now has Branches and Groups throughout the Dominiun. The membership of this flourishing young Movement, now in its fifth year, is approximately five hundred.
Some seventy-eight people partook of an excellent and tasty repast, from which the flesh of animals; birds and fish was completely excluded. Leaders in various altruistic Movements attended as guests. Miss E. Hunt, Mr. I. J. Duncan and Mr. Geoffrey Hodson (who is both National and Auckland Branch President) all gave inspiring addresses.
Miss Hunt expressed deep appreciation of the influence upon the people of New Zealand of the Vegetarian Movement. To abstain from meat eating, she stated, is to purify the blood stream and to cleanse the heart and mind, making them increasingly responsive to high ideals and spiritualising impulses.. This influence was not restricted to one country, but flows out to the whole world, for it is part of a worldwide Movement. Miss Hunt closed by quoting the aphorism: "Loving action is Divine Wisdom at work."
Mr. Duncan spoke of the great reduction, even to complete elimination,
of the suffering of slaughtered animals achieved by the use of the Humane
Killer. This instrument, the use of which is enforced by law in many countries,
must be reintroduced into New Zealand, he stated.
The New Zealand Vegetarian Society of today can be found at: www.ivu.org/nzvs