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International Vegetarian Union

International Vegetarian Union
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Focus Vegetarianism
  • United Kingdom
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John Davis, manager
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Slogan Promoting Vegetarianism Worldwide Since 1908
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The International Vegetarian Union (IVU) is an international non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote vegetarianism. IVU was founded in 1908 in Dresden, Germany.[1][2]

It is considered as an umbrella organization for under this organisation are included organisations from many countries,[3] and organises often World and Regional Vegetarian Congresses.[4] These alternate in two-year cycles.

The ruling body from IVU is the International Council, and the members who form it are unpaid volunteers elected by the Member Societies at each World Vegetarian Congress.

Member organizations may be continental groups (EVU, VUNA,[5] NAVS,[6] etc.) or local or other regional vegetarian organizations whose primary purpose is the promotion of vegetarianism and the support of vegetarian living (e.g. EarthSave[7]).


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