|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
IVU Online News – December 2006
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The Chinese Vegetarian Union has joined as a member society. The contact person there is Ying Huang.
Pax Africa has joined as an associate member society. The contact person is .
Do you like to plan ahead?
If so, the good folks organizing the IVU
World Vegetarian Congress 2008 in
Interested in vegetarianism in India? To build on the momentum from the IVU World Vegetarian Congress in Goa in Sep 2006, IVU has launched a Yahoo! Group which allows people to email each other to discuss vegetarianism and related issues as they impact India and the Indian diaspora.
To sign-up (it’s free), go to groups.yahoo.com/group/ivu-india and follow the steps. The group is moderated by IVU Coordinator for India : Contact him if you have trouble subscribing yourself to the group.
One person from Hong Kong who attended the IVU World Vegetarian Congress in Goa was so switched on by the experience that he decided to start his own blog, with the great name of Veggiedemic
Here’s how he explains it:
Last month’s IVU News listed websites with information on the global warming-meat connection. Here’s one more, thanks to our friends at the Toronto Vegetarian Association. “Global warming: The inconvenient truth about what we eat” by Stephen Leckie, July 4, 2006, provides an overview of various greenhouse gases and how human actions generate them via our food choices, including eating food that is transported long distancesl. BTW, the film An Inconvenient Truth is now available on DVD.
And, just (29 Nov) out is a UN report linking cattle to global warming and other env damage - For instance, the report states that 33% of global arable land is devoted to growing plant food for livestock. However, it seems that when it comes to remedies, the reports authors don’t mention eating less or no meat.
Paul Appleby of Oxford Vegetarians, UK, created an A5-size leaflet on the Global Warming – Meat Connection which IVU member societies are welcome to adapt for their own use. The text of the leaflet is as follows. When printed as a Word document, it gives two identical leaflets side by side.
Q. What has my diet got to
do with climate change?
A study by researchers at
"Each of us could make a bigger contribution to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases by becoming a vegan than by converting to an eco-friendly car," Jonathon Porritt. Sources and further information:
As technology marches onward, vegetarians are keeping pace. For example, one of the participants in this year’s IVU World Vegetarian Congress in Goa was Marie Oser who runs Vegtv.com, . Vegtv features over 220 videos promoting plant based food, health, nutrition, and the environment. Among the videos available at no cost on her site are celebrity interviews, cooking demos and travel videos, including videos Marie made in India after the Congress.
Similar to Vegtv is VeggieVision.com, an internet TV station run by Karin Ridgers, a former director of Vegan Society UK. As Karin puts it, after spending more than a year liaising with TV stations to get a healthy compassionate TV programme off of the ground and being told she's "too ahead of her time", Karin decided to produce her own internet TV station and VeggieVision.com was born.
Both Marie and Karin are
experienced TV people who produce a quality product.
International Vegan Festival will be held from Sep.30 to Oct.06,
2007 at Murdeshwar,
Jashu Shah writes with news
of a successful preparatory meeting for the Third Asian Vegetarian Congress
to be held near
His latest contribution is an online book about bird flu . Bird Flu doesn’t receive the publicity that it used to, but it’s still out there killing people and other animals, as well as developing new strains.
Two movies that all vegetarians
will want to see are just out or are coming out soon (at least in the
The other film is Fast Food Nation , inspired by the book by the same name by Eric Schlosser. The best-selling book traces the history of fast food and its effects not just on diet but also on economics and culture. The film, on the other hand, uses fictional narrative to get across the non-fiction book’s revelations. It was already released in the U.S. to somewhat mixed reviews .
More than 100 academics from 10 countries have agreed to become Advisers to the new Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics - which aims to put animals on the intellectual agenda. It will act as an international, independent think tank for the advancement of progressive thought about animals.
One of the areas of research will be the relationship between animal abuse and violence to human beings. One of the world’s major writers, who has explored this link - Nobel Laureate in Literature, J.M. Coetzee – will be its first Honorary Fellow. Other projects being pursued include an online course in animal ethics, a new monograph series, and a new Journal of Animal Ethics.
The Centre’s first director,
'We must strive to ensure animal issues are highlighted and rationally discussed throughout society - we cannot change the world for animals without changing our ideas about them. The Centre will promote ethical attitudes and contribute to informed public debate.'
For years, humans have attempted to differentiate ourselves from our fellow animal species, but as the Miami Herald (USA) newspaper reports , one by one, these bases for human superiority, such as tool use, have crumbled in the face of evidence. Indeed, anyone who has had the good fortune to spend time around our fellow animals, knows that they are intelligent, feeling beings.
Now, more people are insisting that our fellow animals be protected. The most recent example comes from the Netherlands, where the Party for Animals won two seats in the Nov 06 parliamentary elections .
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