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15th World Vegetarian Congress 1957
Delhi/Bombay/Madras/Calcutta, India

From The Vegetarian, Jan-Feb, 1958:


The following resolutions were adopted at the Bombay Sessions :-

This 15th World Vegetarian Congress assembled in Bombay and representing 20 nations calls upon all people to observe the principle of non-violence in relation to the human race and to the animal kingdom.

  1. It therefore deplores the exploitation of animals for food, and in the light of the latest scientific evidence, it affirms that a vegetarian diet can provide adequate nutrition for vigorous health to all peoples, in whatever work they are engaged, and will bring relief from many diseases associated with modern civilization.
  2. Being concerned with the availability of wholesome foods essential for health, it deplores the contamination of crops by poison-ous chemicals and by radio-active fall-out. It therefore calls upon all Governments to investigate the advantages of organic food production and to join in banning the use of atomic power for destruc-tive purposes.
  3. In view of the rapidly increasing populations of the world it calls upon all Governments to consider the advantages of a veget-arian economy which will ensure adequate supplies of highly nutri-tive foods. It deplores the wasteful use of land and manpower in the production of fleshfoods.
  4. Noting the special pressure in India of population upon food, it urges the Government of India to reconsider the whole question before it accepts the recommendations contained in the "Report on Marketing of Meat in India," published by the Directorate of Marketing and Inspection of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, which states that "extensive propaganda may be carried out to educate the people as regards the high nutritive and protective quality of meat and on the advisability of its increased consumption in their daily diet."
  5. It calls upon all leaders, religious, social, cultural and political, of all nations to recognize that the slaughter of animals is inconsistent with an enlightened way of life.
  6. It notes the protest from India and other countries against the export of monkeys and in view of the suffering involved it strongly urges the Government of India to prohibit this traffic.
  7. This 15th World Vegetarian Congress strongly supports the vegetarian movement in India, a land made illustrious by the great name of Gandhi.

  8. At the concluding Sessions in Madras the following resolutions were added :-

  9. It calls upon Education Departments and educational institutions of all countries to take steps to include special studies. and research on vegetarianism and nutrition in universities, and include the teaching of a humane way of life, and vegetarianism i~ the curriculum of studies in schools and colleges.
  10. It urges the Governments of all countries to close slaughterhouses on sacred days and have as many meatless days as possible during the year.
  11. It calls upon the vegetarian organizations and people of all nations to observe "World Vegetarian Day" at least once a year, (suitable day to be agreed).
  12. It recommends the International Vegetarian Union
    1. To evolve an ethical code of conduct for vegetarians in various countries in consultation with national vegetarian societies.
    2. To encourage the formation of vegan groups within vegetarian societies.
  13. To advise vegetarians to gradually give up the use of animal products and intoxicating drinks, etc.
Nations Represented
Among the delegates were representatives from the following nations:-
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Holland, India, Israel, Italy, Malaya, Pakistan, Switzerland, U.S.A., and S. Africa