year 1975 was an important year for vegetarian advocacy. With the formation
of the NAVS [North American Vegetarian Society] the stage was set for
the 23rd World Vegetarian Congress held in the late summer at Orono,
Maine. The event marked the first time that the International Vegetarian
Union held its congress on American soil. Arguably it was the most important
gathering of vegetarians in the United States in the twentieth century."
- Vegetarian America, A History. Karen and Michael Iacobbo, Praeger,
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- Cover right: Vegetarian Voice, Vol.1 No.2, (Mar/Apr) 1974 - "VACATIONLAND CAMPUS - The beautiful 1000-acre campus - 1/2 of it still in woodlands - of the University of Maine at Orono, has been selected to be the site of the greatest event in the history of the vegetarian movement in North America: the 1975 World Vegetarian Congress. The unique gathering is expected to attract several thousand delegates and visitors from all around the world."
- Facts of Vegetarianism
- Editorial: Something In Common
- Paul Newman: Recent Convert
- IVU Council Meets in Maine
- 1975 World Vegetarian Congress
- Book Reviews
- Why Do We Need World Vegetarian Congresses?
- Something for Everyone / About the IVU and the NAVS
- Minutes of the IVU International Council meeting at Orono, Maine, on 3rd February, 1974
- Some pre-congress notes - from The Vegetarian (UK), March & July 1974
- Campus Photos - supplied by the University for advance publicity
- Report on the Beirut, Lebanon, delegate to the Congress - May 1974
- Ahimsa (American Vegan Society) May-June, 1974 - promotional article
- Head of Namdhari Sihks visits IVU General Secretary in Northern Ireland - July, 1974
- Cover right: Vegetarian Voice, Vol.1 No.6, (Nov/Dec) 1974
- Program Stresses Pratical Aspects
- Many Nations to be Represented
- Congress Exposition | Escorted Tours
- Make it Maine! Come to the Congress | Group Air Travel
- Registration Form |
Congress Information | Local Veg. Societies
Cover photos: middle right -
Live and Let Live - British total-vegetarian Jenny Gage emphasizes that both humanity and the animals would be much better of in a vegetarian world.
Bottom-left: A plan for all seasons - The same strict adherence to natural vegetarian principles, that keeps Scott Nearing active and energetic at 91, also foretells a bright and healthy future for 4-year-old Anne Dinshah, and NAVS Vice-President Brian Graff at age 23.
Prof. Nearing, who was honored with a "Man of the Year" citation by the Governor of Maine, will conduct a special workshop on vegetarian homesteading, on the Congress program. Both Anne and Brian have lectured at meetings and conventions.
Bottom-middle: "Congratulations to the Vegetarian World Congress - ' Happy eating!" - Gavin Macleod." Gavin can currently be seen on the Mary Tyler Moore Show, Saturday evenings on CBS-TV.
Bottom right: Vegetarian artiste - the gentle style and lovely voice of maria Illo have won her the plaudits of auiences around the world, as well as the admiration of such fellow performers as the great mime, Marcel Marceau, and Indian master musician Ali Akbhar Khan. Maria will be one of the headliners of the entertainment program of the 23rd World Vegetarian Congress.
- Letter to all IVU Member Societies - from H. Jay Dinshah, President of NAVS, March 1975
- Opening Address - by Gordon Latto, President of IVU
- Countries represented at the Congress (listed by the IVU General Secretary) : Australia, Austria, Bermuda, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Curacao, Denmark, France, East Germany, West Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Panama, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA, Venezuela, Turkey.
- Congress People and Activities - photos from the events, some of these were used in the various reports below.
- Conservation & Recycling of Resources - paper prepared for the Congress by Dr. M. M. Bhamgara, India.
Reports from Vegetarian Voice ('official bimonthly publication of the North American Vegetarian Society') - 'Special Sept/Oct, Nov/Dec 1975 issue: Pictorial Record of the World Vegetarian Congress'
- Maine Magnificent! -from the front page of the October 1975 issue of The Vegetarian (UK) - as below
- Vegetarianism Around
The World (link to same article in Veg. Times below)
- Congress Report by Dixie Mahy - NAVS West Coast Coordinator
- Vegetarian Ways of Life by Ellen Sue Spivack (same as 'Vegetarianism as a Way of Life' from the Veg. Times below, but without the pictures)
- Planning and Organizing - the story behind the Congress
- Lecturers | Classes - from many pages of photos
- maine line to Maine - from The Vegetarian (UK), October 1975, as below
- Children - from 3 pages of photos - were you there?
- Tennis Anyone? - Peter Burwash
- Transportation - his and hearse... | Funeral For Famine
- Para-Desa - performance of the epic poem by Prof. Henry Bailey Stevens
- Food - catering for 1500 different requirements
- The Delegation from India | Yoga | Displays | Banquet!
- IVU Pioneers - VV printed the photo from the 1908 IVU Congress (link to 1908 page)
- Dick Gregory | Media Coverage | Editorial - a team effort
- International Vegetarian Youth Movement
- Ithaca for '76 NAVS Congress
- Congress Tapes, Books | NAVS affiliated local groups | 1976 Congress Information & Registration Form
Reports from The Vegetarian (UK), October 1975, with photos:
- Front Page reports & pictures
- maine line to Maine - double page spread of reports and pictures
- Short Letter - from the President of IVU to the Editor of The Vegetarian
Reports from the Vegetarian Times (USA), no.12, all with photos:
- Front Cover (73k graphic)
- Congress Report
- Pros & Cons - what individuals
said about the Congress
- Vegetarianism Around the World - reports
(same as the one in VegVoice above)
- Vegetarianism as a Way of Life - an individual
Reports from the Press (all 1975):
- Daily American, Rome - August 17
- Bangor (Maine) Daily News
- Vegetarians - a lean group puts its hope in youth - August 19
- Vegetarian presses for animals - August 20
- Beauty is kindness to all animals - August 21
- Vegans live without need of any animal products - August 22
- Bloodless plan offered to bring world peace - August 23
- New York Times - half page report & photos, August 22
- International Herald Tribune (Milan, Italy) - Tuesday, August 26 (based on the same journalist's article as above)
- Washington Star - somewhat ignorant report, August 26
- Washington Post - all about the food - Thursday, August 28
- Maine Times - an intelligent commentary, Friday, August 29
- Comments by Richard Schwartz from his 'Brief
History of Vegetarianism in the USA'
- Agenda and Minutes of IVU International Council meeting, August 19
- Agenda for the General Meeting, August 20
- General Secretary's Report from the
1977 Congress - starts with a review of 1975
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