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IVU Online News August 2008
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Table of Contents

  1. Dresden 2008 – Jakarta 2010
  2. Austrian Animal Protectionists Still Jailed
  3. Interview with the Chilean Veg Leader
  4. Watch a New Video: ‘A Life Connected’
  5. Are Meat Eaters Fooling Themselves That Meat Tastes Better
  6. Plant Foods for Preserving Muscle Mass
  7. Welcome to New IVU Member Organisations and Business Supporter
  8. Upcoming Events
  9. Double Serving from Maneka Gandhi
  10. A 50/50 – An Activist Idea
  11. Possible Future
  12. More Astounding Feats by Veg Athletes
  13. Big Meat Eaters with Iron Deficiency
  14. Welcome to Organisations That Have Recently Registered with IVU
  15. Please Write for IVU Online News

Dresden 2008 – Jakarta 2010     
As you are reading this issue of IVU Online News, the 100th anniversary IVU World Vegetarian Congress is underway in Dresden, Germany. If you weren’t able to attend, visit later this month to read some of the papers from the Congress and to view photos.

The website and this e-newsletter are also the places to learn details, available later this year, about the next IVU World Vegetarian Congress, 2010 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Austrian Animal Protectionists Still Jailed
The nightmare continues for the 10 Austrian animal protectionists who have been jailed since May. Because they have refused to renounce animal protection, their remand in custody has been extended on the grounds that there allegedly remains the risk they will perpetrate ‘criminal offences’.

Learn about the situation and how you can help at

Interview with the Chilean Veg Leader
Continuing our series of email interviews with leaders of IVU member societies, here is an interview with Alejandro Steve Ayala Polanco, president of the Chilean Vegetarian Vegan Society:

If you would like to suggest someone (including yourself) to be interviewed, please send the person’s name and email address to

What made you decide to become a vegetarian? When did that happen? How old were you at the time?

A: I decided when I was 12. I was reading an encyclopaedia, and found the concept “sentient beings”. Thenceforth, I wanted to develop my life without harming other sentient beings like me. I have been vegetarian for 19 years and vegan for 10 years.

You are a leader of a member society of IVU. How long have you been a leader of this organisation?

A: I have been the president of this society since its foundation in November of 2002.

What made you decide to become active in promoting vegetarianism?

A: It happened when I was teaching meditation at a university. A lot of students started to ask me about vegetarianism. So, I found that there was a great need for vegetarian knowledge, but no organization to provide it.

What is it that sustains your desire to be active?

A: I think that although by being vegan we are not part of the problem of animal exploitation, we need to be an activist to become part of the solution.

What is an obstacle that you face in remaining active in promoting vegetarianism? How do you overcome this obstacle?

A: I don’t see any obstacle, just opportunities.

What is one of your organisation’s accomplishments that make you especially proud?

A: It makes me particularly proud the high level of knowledge in animal rights philosophy and vegan education of my team.

How do you try to maintain good relations and enthusiasm amongst your organisation’s members?

A: We practice acceptance and cooperation as an everyday central philosophy. All the members of our team know that our final objective it is to develop a world guide for the high values of love and cooperation. We got a common vision, and we practice its associative principles in every conscious action.

What is one way that your organisation cooperates with other veg organisations?

A: We share our vegan-abolitionist knowledge with other organizations through a permanent dialogue.

Do you have any fundraising tips for other organisations?

A: I recommend the self-financing principle to guarantee the organization’s autonomy in matters of speech and action. It is the only way to give a free message to the public.

We practice self-financing through actions that promote veganism and provide us money. For example, the “Fonda del Huaso Vegano” is a party that we organize in September every year. The Fonda is a traditional party that Chileans organize to celebrate the independence of the country. This party traditionally includes great eating of meat and other animal products. So we, as vegans, decided to develop our own national party excluding all kinds of animal exploitation, giving a strong vegan message, and at the same time collecting funds for our organization through selling vegan food. 

What is one thing that other veg organisations might be able to learn from your organisation?

A: I think we have a very clear vision of the world we want to create. A world guided by love and cooperation, with complete harmony between humans and non humans. We need to practice love like a state of consciousness, and veganism is the way.

How does your organisation reach out to people who are trying to become veg or who are newly veg?

A: We provide them with support that includes not just the information; we also provide them emotional support with our friendship and care.

For example, we organize vegan meetings every month. Everybody - vegan or not - is invited to these meetings to share their doubts, questions, experiences and ideas about veganism and the vegan movement. The gathering provides confidence and emotional support to vegans and those considering it.

Watch a New Video: ‘A Life Connected’
Here’s a new, very simply done video that presents 4 reasons to go vegan: our own health, the environment, our fellow animals and world hunger. Produced in the U.S., it lasts 12 minutes and can be viewed online.

Are Meat Eaters Fooling Themselves That Meat Tastes Better

Here’s an article that confirms what many of us thought about why meat eaters claim that their taste buds demand they eat the flesh of our fellow animals:

ScienceDaily (July 18, 2008) — Many heavy meat eaters believe they eat a lot of meat because of the taste. But according to groundbreaking new research the reason that a beef burger tastes better than a veggie burger to some people has more to do with values than actual taste.

Authors Michael W. Allen (University of Sydney), Richa Gupta (University of Nashville), and Arnaud Monnier (National Engineer School for Food Industries and Management, France) conducted a series of studies that examined the symbolic meaning of foods and beverages. They found that when it came to tasting meat or soft drinks, what influenced participants was what they thought they had eaten rather than what they actually ate.

The authors note that meat has an association with social power, and people who scored high in the authors’ Social Power Value Endorsement measure believed that a meat-containing item tasted better than a vegetarian alternative, even when both products were actually identical (one was mis-represented). Similarly, participants who supported the values symbolized by Pepsi (Exciting Life, Social Power, and Recognition) gave a more favorable rating to the product they thought was Pepsi—even though they were drinking the low-price Woolworth cola.

Participants were told that they would taste either a beef sausage roll or a vegetarian alternative roll, and that they would drink either a Pepsi or a Woolworth Homebrand cola. Some received the item they were told they would receive and some were given the similar-tasting item. Then they filled out a questionnaire about values and taste, along with their current food and soft drink consumption.

“Our present findings may have implications for efforts to promote better eating habits,” write the authors. “Heavy meat eaters claim that they eat meat because it tastes better than other foods, such as meat substitutes. Our results challenge that claim. Participants who ate the vegetarian alternative did not rate the taste and aroma less favorably than those who ate the beef product. Instead, what influenced taste evaluation was what they thought they had eaten and whether that food symbolized values that they personally supported … strategies that might persuade heavy meat eaters to change their diet include changing the cultural associations of fruits and vegetables to encompass values that meat eaters endorse (e.g., power and strength), or challenging heavy meat eaters’ assumptions about what tastes good by using in-store (blind) taste tests or showing them results of studies such as this one."

Plant Foods for Preserving Muscle Mass

Here’s a report of a study worth noting.

Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals and fiber that are key to good health. Now, a newly released study by Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-funded scientists suggests plant foods also may help preserve muscle mass in older men and women.

The study was led by physician and nutrition specialist Bess Dawson-Hughes at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston, Mass.

The typical American diet is rich in protein, cereal grains and other acid-producing foods. In general, such diets generate tiny amounts of acid each day. With aging, a mild but slowly increasing metabolic "acidosis" develops, according to the researchers.

Acidosis appears to trigger a muscle-wasting response. So the researchers looked at links between measures of lean body mass and diets relatively high in potassium-rich, alkaline-residue producing fruits and vegetables. Such diets could help neutralize acidosis. Foods can be considered alkaline or acidic based on the residues they produce in the body, rather than whether they are alkaline or acidic themselves. For example, acidic grapefruits are metabolized to alkaline residues.

Welcome to New IVU Business Supporter       
This new IVU Business Supporter offers large luxurious rooms in a former presbytère in a charming market town in the heart of France. Vegetarian/vegan evening meals using local, seasonal, organic ingredients (where possible) are our speciality. Felletin is accessible by train (8hrs from London), as well as by air (Limoges) and car. French and English spoken.

Contact: Andrea Humphreys; Tel: +33 (0)5 55 66 52 29

(1) Vegan Music Festival Byndoor, India
Date: Sep 20 (Sat), beginning at 4pm
Place: Sai Vishram Vegetarian and Non-alcoholic Beach Resort, Byndoor:

Vegan Mohan Santanam and his troupe from Chennai will present a Karnatic Classical Music Concert followed by vegan dinner. This event will be covered by press and television. IVU will get full coverage.

For more info:
(2) Kyoto Vegetarian Festival 2008       
Date: Oct 5 (Sun)
Place: Okazaki Park, Kyoto City (Sakyo-ku, in front of Heian Shrine)
This is the 6th annual Vegetarian Festival (formerly the "Veggie & Peace Festival"), an event bringing together vegetarian-, environment-, and peace-minded people from all over Japan. An event for all ages, the festival gives you a place to enjoy vegetarian food and listen to music while learning about vegetarianism, the environment, and more.

In an effort to reduce garbage, please bring your own eating utensils and bags for the items you buy:

To volunteer:

(3) Tokyo Vegetarian Festival 2008       
Date: Oct 18-19 (Sat-Sun)
Place: Yoyogi Park ("Keyaki Namiki" the tree lined street in front of NHK Hall), Shibuya, Tokyo

(4) Minding Animals Conference – 2009
Date: Jul 13-18, 2009
Place: Civic Precinct, Newcastle, Australia

A transdisciplinary conference exploring the interrelationships between animals and society

  • where academic meets activist
  • where environmentalist meets animal advocate
  • where all can participate in consideration of past, present and future interrelationships between human animals, nonhuman animals and the total environment.

Rio de Janeiro

(5) 12th International Vegan Festival - 2009
Date: Jul 22-25, 2009
Place: Rio de Janiero, Brazil

Further information from Marly Winckler -- (English, Español, Português)

A 50/50 – An Activist Idea           
Katherine of Erie (Pennsylvania, USA) Vegetarian Society - - suggests this fund-raising idea for promoting vegetarianism.

Please send your tried and true suggestions for promoting veg to the editor of this e-newsletter at

One way that EVS (Erie Vegetarian Society) raises money is to do a 50/50. Putting it simply, what a 50/50 means is that whenever we have a dinner, we also have a lucky draw with half the ticket price of the lucky draw tickets going to EVS and the other half goes to the winner of a lucky draw held near the end of the dinner or other event. It's a way to raise a little bit of money for EVS.

Before we started having the 50/50's, we depended on people donating (no asking), just a donation bowl on the outreach table, usually taking in only a few dollars. I do have to say many people have told me they want us to continue with the 50/50! I highly recommend other groups try it!

Possible Future                   
Here is one view from a vegetarian activist organisation, Vegan Outreach, of the world our efforts are helping to bring about:


Double Serving from Maneka Gandhi                  Maneka Gandhi
Maneka Gandhi is an Indian politician and an outspoken activist for our fellow animals. She is a vegan and chairperson of the organisation People for Animals:

Here are two samples of her writing on veg topics:

1. Ms Gandhi’s views on her interactions with non-vegetarians.

I will not sit at a table with dead bodies or people eating them. By now this is so well known that internal airlines never even ask what meal preference I have and no stranger sitting next to me orders meat. I cannot bear the smell or the look of the meat. I cannot bear the smell of the person who eats it.

I am not the only one who believes that vegetarians and non vegetarians have a different smell. The smell of meat oozes through the pores and becomes a rich rancid sweat which fouls the air around it as soon as the temperature rises. I suppose people who do not eat garlic and onions feel the same way about the odour of people who do.

Do vegetarians really smell better? News from the world of science. Anthropologists in the Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Czech Republic. Czech Republic decided in 2006 to study the effects of diet on body odour "attractiveness". More specifically, they wanted to find out if women prefer the body odour of men fed a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian diet.

The result? The researchers J Havlicek and P Lenochova found that women judged the body odour of men fed a vegetarian diet to be "significantly more attractive, more pleasant, and less intense".

After all – if you eat something that you cannot eat raw because it stinks, what do you expect the outcome to be? While an apple of peas or grain can be directly taken off the plant and eaten, can you wring a chicken's neck and then bite into it? If you could, then why does meat take so long to cook and so many spices and herbs to hide the taste? Even the thickest skinned vegetables can be eaten after simply steaming with no seasoning – can you do the same with meat?

Moving on to a simple vegetarian vs. non-vegetarian example, heat up your oven to 98.6 degrees and place a tomato and piece of meat on it. Check back in a few hours to compare the rate of decay and the resulting smells. If it smells horrible in the open, do you think it will smell less horrible inside your body. After all, meat and blood decays very fast wherever it is.

If you're one of those that is still thinking about whether to go vegetarian ... Do it because you will smell better. Do it because knowing that will boost your confidence and self-esteem. Do it for someone you love.

2. People’s thinking about why or why not to be veg differs from country to country, and it’s instructive to see some of these differences. Here is Maneka Gandhi on excuses she hears in India from people who were born into veg families but then decided to stop being veg. Her introduction is especially nice.

Everyone's life is strewn with incidents wherein they have a chance to become bigger than themselves, to be nobler and kinder and happier. Some people don't recognize these opportunities but they return again and again – so you still have time to open your eyes. However some people go in the opposite direction – they take the chance that life gives them and they abuse it and strangle it till the little luck they have squeezes itself out the window and runs for its life. They then intellectualise their decisions and blame the loss on someone else.

Take for example someone who has the good fortune to be born finally into a vegetarian household. Why they would lapse into a carnivorous diet and pick up disease, obesity, bad odour, and bad karma is beyond me. But people do. Every now and then, I see people from proud vegetarian families eating meat. When confronted, they do look terribly sheepish and come up with such weird excuses that I thought I would list them for you. These are a selection of the reasons spouted by ex-vegetarians for breaking the faith.

"We don't want to look old fashioned. We need to keep up with the times. It's far more sophisticated to eat shrimp and steak than vegetables and dal. (Even if the rest of the world is going the other way?)

"Eating meat makes me seem more normal and fit in" (The same argument is given by smokers and drinkers. Being like everybody else is just so boring.)

"I can't get protein any other way and I need to put on weight" (Soyabean and dal are the highest sources of protein. All the world's biggest and most powerful animals, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, bulls and horses are vegetarian)

"Poor people grow goats and if we stop eating them they will be deprived of their livelihood" (So you're actually eating meat as a social service? Give up your car and ride in a tanga to support the poor tangawallahs, and wear handspun material to support the poor weavers and eat in earthenware to support the poor potters).

To enjoy more of Maneka’s wit and wisdom, read the full article at:

More Astounding Feats by Veg Athletes
Here’s the story of another plant-fuelled athlete, Tim Van Orden. Tim dashes up the stairs of tall buildings:,,2283483,00.html

Big Meat Eaters with Iron Deficiency    
Although the non-heme iron found in plant foods is less well absorbed than heme iron a high meat intake is no guarantee of immunity from anaemia, as the following paper shows. (Thanks to Paul Appleby for sending the article and the above introduction.)

Nutr Rev. 2008 May; 66(5):256-71. The paradox of anemia with high meat intake: a review of the multifactorial etiology of anemia in the Inuit of North America. Jamieson JA, Kuhnlein HV. Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment (CINE) and School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, McGill University, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Canada.

Anemia is a serious concern among indigenous populations in North America, and it appears to be widespread among the Inuit despite abundant intakes of heme iron. It is therefore hypothesized that anemia for the Inuit involves other dietary factors not usually associated with animal foods, such as low intakes of vitamin A and/or folate, riboflavin, and vitamin C. Also, Helicobacter pylori infection and/or
parasitosis may result in gastrointestinal blood loss and/or functional iron deficiency. This review aims to describe factors that may cause anemia in Inuit populations despite high meat intakes, abundant bioavailable iron, and other important hematological nutrients.

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