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IVU News - Issue 3 - 1998

Why Vegetarian? ...the Malaysian Vegetarian Society has the Answers.

Why Vegetarian? The 50-page beginner’s guide to vegetarianism produced by the Malaysian Vegetarian Society is an excellent info-packed booklet for would-be vegetarians as well as a handy A to Z source of reference on the advantages of an animal-free diet.

The booklet describes the various kinds of vegetarians and the advantages of avoiding cholesterol-rich animal foods, explaining in concise detail, with tables and quotations, why meat causes diseases and how vegetarians can improve their health and reduce the risk of diet-related illness through a healthy plant-based diet.

Other neglected factors associated with the consumption of animal foods — such as deforestation, water pollution, global warming and the depletion of natural resources — are also well covered, as are the human and animal welfare costs of meat eating. There are sections on frequently asked questions, how to become a vegetarian in ten easy steps, a description of the four basic food groups: fruits, grains, legumes, vegetables, with advice on how to cut out animal foods, plus listings of famous vegetarians and recommended reading on health and nutrition for adults and children.

Malaysian Vegetarian Society, 74-1 Jalan Medang Kapas, Bukit Bandar Raya, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Marches and Exhibitions Promote Good Eating Habits in Zimbabwe.

The Vegetarian Society of Zimbabwe, led by Dickson Munende, organised a number of vegetarian marches and exhibitions lasting several days at leading hotels, museums and conference centres, as well as events such as the launching of a promotional nutritional award project at the exhibition on vegetarian living organised in collaboration with Dr. Lucie Malaba, head of the University Institute of Food, Nutrition and Family Sciences in the capital Harare. Other activities included an essay contest and a poster painting competition on vegetarianism and the enviroment,a joint effort with the Food Institute to produce a book on vegetarianism for use at the university, and a university-sponsored soya bean promotion project and soy festival.

With the growing interest in vegetarianism and the increasing level of vegetarian activity, Dickson Munende is looking forward to organising a small regional congress — with the participation of Botswana, South Africa and Zambia — and eventually to presenting a bid for Zimbabwe to host a future world vegetarian congress.

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Vegetarian Society of Zimbabwe, 3079 Old Tafara, P.O. Tafara, Harare, Zimbabwe

Nigerian VegSoc launches Vegetarian News

In December 1997 the Nigerian Vegetarian Society marked the seventh anniversary of its foundation with the official launch of Vegetarian News, copies of which have been widely distributed among national and West African dignitaries such as the Lagos State Governor and all his cabinet, the Minister of Information, the Chairman of the National Reconciliation Commission, the King (oba) of Lagos, the Indian High Commissioner in Nigeria and representatives of the media.

Nigeria Vegetarian Society, P.O. Box 3893, Oshodi, Lagos, Nigeria.

ALIVE exposes Massive Cruelty in Japan

Meeting with members of ALIVE in Tokyo.

Since its foundation by anti-vivisectionist and social campaigner Ms. Fusako Nogami in 1996, All life In a Viable Environment (ALIVE) has actively promoted through various national campaigns a relationship of greater harmony with the natural world and an ecologically balanced and responsible lifestyle. With the help of many volunteers such as those who visit zoos with check lists to expose the living conditions in these animal prisons, and also the group’s newsletter, ALIVE activists have exposed the extensive exploitation and cruel treatment of animals in zoos, research laboratories, factory-farmed meat and egg production, the fur trade, the trade in exotic animal parts and endangered species, and so on.

Snow monkeys accused of eating and damaging farm produce are being persecuted and slaughtered in greater numbers every year. In 1996 alone, around 10,000 animals were killed in Japan by clubbing, starvation or drowning, while those who escape this fate are sold to vivisection labs and the makers of traditional so-called medicines. To end the senseless slaughter of wild monkeys, chimpanzees and other primates subjected to such cruel and useless experimentation, a petition campaign has been organised calling on Health Minister Kan Naoto to halt experiments on chimpanzees and chimaera virus development.

All Life In a Viable Environment (ALIVE), 2-5-12-2F Hongo, Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan. E-mail:

Sri Lanka now has several Vegetarian Societies

In a previous issue we inadvertently gave the impression that the vegetarian society in Matara was a branch of the society recently relaunched in Colombo [310 High Level Road, Colombo 6, Sri Lanka.] In fact, it is a fully independent society founded by the late Dr. E. W. Adikaram in 1982 and continues to campaign to promote the same sound vegetarian principles and ideals laid down by its leader through public lectures at schools and colleges, radio talks, the printed media, leafleting, and so on. [17 beach Road, Kotuwegoda, Matara, Sri Lanka.]

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