|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
First of all. I would like to start by wishing everyone a happy and very
successful year in 2002. I hope the movement goes from strength to strength
in your corner of the globe.
The numbers of our organization have increased slightly since the last
magazine but we have had fewer new member oragnizations, so I hope this
means you are happier with IVU and less are deciding not to renew!
Of the members, the majority are individual members with fewer business
and group members in this period. I would like to add a special welcome
to those new groups who have joined us, including the Vegetarian Society
of Ireland, Vegetarians of Mongolia and Vegetarians of Washington, the
American Vegan Society, Bay Area Jewish Vëgetarians, Jews for Animal
Rights and the Society for Healthy Life in Bulgaria. Don't forget if you
have any successes or failures that you would like to share with IVU,
I would love to hear from you.
Talking of successes, you should see elsewhere in the magazine a report
of the activities of the Eurasian Vegetarian Union. This is a new and
very dynamic organization covering areas in Russia and in surrounding
Asia including Uzbekistan. etc. They have produced a magazine for the
first time in 100 years, successfully fought proposals to bring a bullfight
to Moscow and got lots of press for the vegetarian movement both in Russia
and beyond. I am sure we will hear much more of them in the future.
I was sorry that the Istanbul Congress was cancelled and I did not get the opportunity to meet some of you after all. I understand the Asian Union's event in Goa was a great success. Well done to all! I hope I will see some of you in July in Edinburgh. Till then, all the best for your work,
Tina Fox - firstname.lastname@example.org
National Vegetarian Week 2002
Bursaries for the World Vegetarian Congress