|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
35th World Vegetarian Congress
'Food for all our futures'
Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland
July 8-14, 2002
The Vegetarian Society
of the United Kingdom
from the European Vegetarian, issue 3/2002:
The Vegetarian Society UK -Press Release - August 2002
The Edinburgh Congress in July brought together over 100 vegetarian societies
and 300 participants who share grave concerns regarding the effect of
factory farming and meat production on the environment, on human nutrition
and health and on animal welfare. The International Council of IVU honoured
Vegetarian Society Chief Executive Tina Fox by electing her to chair the
Council. Today she spoke about her delight in accepting this role: "It
is a great honour to be invited to act as chairperson for the International
Council. Vegetarianism is a global movement that crosses many boundaries
of race, religion and political inclination. It is so important that we
unite to educate people across the world on the issues that relate to
this healthy and liberating lifestyle."
During the Congress the International Vegetarian Union issued a plea
to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), due to meet in
Johannesburg in August.
The IVU calls on the WSSD to: "take active steps to reduce meat
consumption globally. This action is needed in order to reduce the adverse
effect of factory farming and meat production on the environment, on human
nutrition and health and on animal welfare.
Vegetarian Society Chief Executive. Tina Fox. commented: "A genuine
and balanced examination of these factors can only lead to the conclusion
that action to reduce global con-sumption of meat must be seriously considered
by the WSSD in their plan for world-wide sustainable development."
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