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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- This 15th World Vegetarian Congress strongly supports the vegetarian
movement in India, a land made illustrious by the great name of Gandhi.
At the concluding Sessions in Madras the following resolutions were
- 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.
- It urges the Governments of all countries to close slaughterhouses
on sacred days and have as many meatless days as possible during the
- 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).
- It recommends the International Vegetarian Union
- To evolve an ethical code of conduct for vegetarians in various
countries in consultation with national vegetarian societies.
- To encourage the formation of vegan groups within vegetarian societies.
- To advise vegetarians to gradually give up the use of animal products
and intoxicating drinks, etc.
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