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International Vegetarian UnionOctober 2009

Leaflets from IVU 
Recently, IVU Regional Coordinator for South and West Asia, Shankar Narayan, distributed newly designed IVU flyers at events in India. Please have a look at the gorgeous educational materials, designed by IVU’s Deputy Webmaster, Spanish Webmaster, and International Council member, David Roman:

Opening of Sthitaprajna-Vegan Life Centre – 1 Nov, 2009, Byndoor, Udupi Dist., Karnataka, India.
Here, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, one can learn how to live happy and healthy in harmony with nature without hurting or harming others. A vegan event is planned for the occasion with many important people planning to attend and endorse the vegan lifestyle. Be part of this historic moment! For more information, please write to Vn.Shankar Narayan, President-Indian Vegan Society and Councillor and Regional Coordinator for India, South and West Asia-International Vegetarian Union at or visit

Welcome to Organisations That Have Recently Registered with IVU

IRAN: Eshragh Vegetarians -
PAKISTAN : Animals Safety Organization Pakistan -

September 2009

Welcome to Organisations That Have Recently Registered with IVU

INDIA: Himalayan Nature Society -
IRAN: (Vegetarianism in Iran) -

August 2009

Welcome to Organisations That Have Recently Registered with IVU
INDIA : Natural Dyed Garments -

June 2009

October and November Events Being Planned

Many vegetarian organisations hold events throughout the year, but the October/November period is especially brimming with efforts to educate the public about why and how to go veg. Below is one example. For more, visit

On 1 November (World Vegan Day), a vegan event is planned to mark the opening of STHITAprajna (Vegan Life Centre) An International Vegan Centre for Yoga, Meditation, Relaxation and Rejuvenation in a 3 acre plot located near Byndoor, close to the Western Coast of South India in the state of Karnataka.

In today’s world, life is full of pulls and pressures causing enormous pain making people immune to the problems and sufferings of the fellow beings. At STHITAprajna one learns to live a life in a state of constant happiness with good health and in harmony with nature (animals and earth) using minimum resources available in the nature.

A cross section of society including some dignitaries are expected to attend this 5-day event organised by Vn. Shankar Narayan, President –Indian Vegan Society and A Councillor and Regional Coordinator (India, South & West Asia) for the International Vegetarian Union, UK.

Long distance participants have the option of going for a special 5-day package in the nearby Sai Vishram Vegetarian Beach Resort ( More details can be had from the attached file or from the website or by writing to Shankar Narayan at

April/May 2009

Animal Welfare Workshop in Mumbai 

On 8 March, an Animal Welfare Workshop was held in Mumbai by the newly formed Indian Animal Federation with support from Humane Society International and Sharan. More than 30 representatives from such organisations as People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta India), Beauty Without Cruelty, People for Animals, In Defence of Animals, Plant & Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), Karuna Society, Animal Aid Charitable Trust, Actasia for Animals, TSPCA, Indian Vegan Society and International Vegetarian Union came to discuss various animal issues in India.

There were presentations on animal issues by Mr. Arpan Sharma, Dr. Nandita Shah of Sharan, Mr. Jayasimha of Peta and Ms. Chetana Mirle of Humane Society, followed by a lot of time for discussion among the delegates. Mr. Shankar Narayan, representing Indian Vegan Society and International Vegetarian Union, spoke on the diet angle of the animal issues. He received a lot of support from the delegates when he said that ‘animal welfare is only a journey and not a destination’, and the animal movement in India has to abstain from using animals (go vegan) as a first step.

During the lunch and tea breaks, delicious vegan food was served by Ms. Meghna Raj of The Farm, Mumbai.

Dr Pachauri’s Blog

Dr R.K. Pachauri is head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He is also a vegetarian who urges meatarians to go meatless at least one day a week. His blog features videos of his speeches, as well as interviews and articles:

Here’s one example:

NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBER SOCIETY: Saphal Society, Bhopal, India - - Empowering People Through Self-Development

Organisations That Have Recently Registered with IVU
INDIA : The Bhima Club -

December 2008

New Business Supporter:
Sri Karpaga Vinayagar Vegetarian Village, Chennai, India -

25 Jan, 2009 (Sun) - Vegan Musical Evening in Kundapur, India with two artists performing Karnatic and Hindustani classical vocals. This event will also feature an interactive session on Vegan Diet followed by vegan dinner at Kundapur. All are welcome! For more information,

October 2008

Israel’s Next Prime Minister a Vegetarian?

Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA) issued the following statement:

We congratulate vegetarian and animal-lover Tzipi Livni for winning the Kadima primary, which would make her Israel's first vegetarian prime minister, if she is able to form a government..

We urge Ms. Livni, should she become prime minister, to make it a major priority of her administration to help increase awareness of the many reasons for considering a shift toward vegetarian (and preferably vegan) diets. This would have the following benefits:

It would help reduce the epidemic of diseases afflicting many Israelis, and thus reduce Israel's soaring health costs, freeing money for other societal needs at a time when funds for these needs have been cut;

It would help reduce global warming and other environmental threats to Israel. A 2006 UN report indicated that 'livestock' agriculture emits more greenhouse gases (in CO2 equivalents) than all the cars and other means of transportation worldwide combined (18% vs. 13.5%). A 2007 report from the Israel Union for Environmental Defense projected that, unless major changes soon occur, global warming will cause severe heat waves, reduced rainfall of up to 30%, major storms, and flooding of the coastal plain where moat Israelis live by a rising Mediterranean.

It would result in the more efficient use of resources. While Israel is facing the worst drought in its history, animal-based diets require up to 14 times as much water as vegan diets, and also require far more energy and other resources.

It would be most consistent with Jewish teachings on preserving human health, treating animals with compassion, protecting the environment, conserving natural resources, helping hungry people and seeking and pursuing peace.

August 2008

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.

[since this article appeared a report and photos have been added.]


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:

July 2008

Flag of United Arab EmiratesMiddle East’s First Veg Week  
Veg is everywhere! Or almost everywhere. This article describes preparations for a Veg Week in the Middle East. . . . /NEWS

June 2008

Jashu Shah, Vegetarian Leader, Passes Away 
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a long-time leader of the vegetarian movement, Mr Jashu Shah.

Jashu Shah was a pioneering figure for vegetarianism, particularly in Asia. A native of India, he attended his first IVU congress in 1957 in India and gradually became more involved, eventually becoming a member of the IVU International Council in 1982, the Asia Regional Coordinator for 20 years from 1986 until 2006, when he retired during the IVU Congress which he helped organise in Goa. Jashu was also the first president of the Asian Vegetarian Union in 1999, continuing in that role until he retired last year, and Secretary of the Vegetarian Society (Reverence for Life) in Mumbai for many years.

For more on Jashu’s devotion to the vegetarian movement, including photos, please visit


Maneka Gandhi on Excuses for Not Being Veg Official website People For Animals - Animal Walfare organization in India
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 her views on her interactions with non-vegetarians . . 4722

February 2008

Israeli Parliament Marks First Animal Rights Day

The Israeli organization for Animal Rights, Anonymous - - organised the first Animal Rights Day in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, on Jan 1, 2008, including the highlighting of vegetarian food at the Knesset cafeteria. The focal point of the event was the launching of "The Declaration of Animal Rights", which states:

"Out of a ethical recognition of the fact that animals go through countless experiences similar to those experienced by all of us – agony and joy, fear and happiness, curiosity and boredom, social contacts, parent-offspring attachment and more – I hold that there is no justification for ignoring the basic needs of animals, and that it is our duty as humans and as a society to take action to protect their basic rights. These rights include, among others, the right not to suffer violence, hunger and thirst, the right for living in a space allowing free movement, and the right for natural behavior.

I believe the state of Israel has the duty to protect the rights of the animals, and pledge to try to adopt habits in my personal life as well, that will prevent harm to animals."

January 2008

IVU at the All India Kannada Literary Conference

Shankar Narayan, IVU Regional Co-ordinator for India & West Asia, used IVU funds to organize IVU participation at the recent All India Kannada Literary Conference. For photos:

December 2007

You can see an interview with Shankar Narayan - IVU regional coordinator for India & West Asia – at That's the report, photos and videos of the International Vegan Festival in India. There is also an interview on there with Dr. Abdol Ghaffar Ebadi, president of the Iran Vegetarian Society (an IVU member society), and several others - all compiled by Marly Winckler, IVU regional coordinator for Latin America.


Welcome to New IVU Business Supporter

Rangoli - Veg. Restaurant, Margao, Goa, India -

November 2007

Interview with IVU Regional Coordinator for South & West Asia
IVU has six regional coordinators (RC) around the world. Shankar Narayan serves as IVU’s RC for South and West Asia. Here’s an interview with Shankar. To find out more:

read the full interview...


News from Pakistan

Khalid Mahmood Qurashi - president of the Animal Save Movement, Pakistan, sends the following news. For photos: 

World Animal Day exists to celebrate animal life and humankind’s special relationship with the animals. In Pakistan, the Animal Save Movement celebrated World Animal Day on 4 October with a fruitful gathering at which many healthy, beautiful children, prominent lawyers, political and social workers and animal friends participated. Participants took an oath to protect the welfare of animals and birds, to not eat meat, and to continue peaceful campaigns against cruelty to animals and birds. We took an oath also that we continue to strive for day when no animal or bird will live in fear or pain.


RNSNew Business Supporter:
RNS Residency (A Top Class Vegetarian Hotel), Murudeshwar, Karnataka, India -

October 2007

News from Iran

Our friends at the Vegetarian Union of Iran (VUI) recently sent an update on their activities. Although VUI was established only in 2006, the organisation already has more than 2500 members and has arranged more than 20 meetings in different parts of Iran, such as Sari, Babol, Amool, and Qaemshar. Plus, more than 1000 people attended their Meatless Day in Jouybar and Sari. 

Furthermore, four VUI representatives will be speaking this month at the International Vegan Festival in India. VUI President, Dr Abdol Ghaffar Ebadi, along with Mrs. Mahin Ayyubi, will speak on Vegetarianism in Iran. Dr Mohammad Shokrzadeh’s paper is titled, ‘Study of Pollutants in Vegetables’, and Dr Alireza Dadashzadeh’s topic will be Animal Rights in Iran.

September 2007

Welcome to New IVU Business Supporters



E-INN (We make business a healthy affair), Bangalore India -

Sai Vishram: A Vegetarian, Non-alchoholic Beach Resort, Karnataka, India -

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