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Vegetarian Federal Union 1889-1911

From The Vegetarian (London) January 28, 1893:

Vegetarian Annual Meetings

Monday Jan 23rd may be considered a red letter day in the annals of Vegetarianism, as the comined Annual Meetings of the Vegetarian Federal Union and the London Vegetarian Society took place at the Memorial Hall on that day.

The Meeting of the Vegetarian Federal Union was well attended by delegates from the following Societies :- Brighton (Mr. Slatter), Bolton (Mr. Forward), Croydon (Mr. Field), Exeter (Mr. Doremus), London (Mr. Clifford, Mr. Field, Mr. Mottram, Mrs, McDouall), Northern Heights (Mr. Matthews), Portsmouth (Mr. Prior), Sheffield, The Vegetarian Society (Mr. Knight), West Ham (Mr. Boden and Mr. Mansell), Woolwich (Mr. T.A. Hanson). Mr. A. F. Hills was in the Chair.

Some small alterations in the rules of theFederal Union, having been made they were finally confirmed and adopted.

The Officers elected for the year were Mr. A. F. Hills President, Mr. Oldfield Treasurer and Mr. Doremus Hon. Secretary.

Reports were received as to the arangements that had been made for a stall for display of literature at Chicago Exhibition and the excursion of Vegetarians to take part in the Vegetarian Congress to be held there in the beginning of June.

The following items recommended by the Executive Committee as a Political Programme for the Vegetarian Federal Union were ordered to be sent round to the affiliated Societies for consideration.

  1. Traffic in live cattle by land and sea should be stringently regulated, with the view of preparing the way for its total abolition.
  2. Private slaughter-houses should be abolished, and public abbatoirs under due supervision be substituted as a temporary expedient for their total suppression.
  3. As the abuse of strong drink is an integral part of the food question and seeing the the present abnormal facilities for the sale of alcohol are injurious to the morals and physique of the people it is desirable that they should be reduced.
  4. That a system of state aided municipal technical education be established with special reference to the question of fruit, vegetable and flower cultivation, as the most practical remedy for the present agricultural depression.

[the reports continued with the meeting of the LVS and the evening entertainment].