International Vegetarian Union

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International Vegetarian Union
Founded 1908
Focus Vegetarianism
  • United Kingdom
Area served
Key people
John Davis, manager, webmaster
Slogan Promoting Vegetarianism Worldwide Since 1908

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]).

The IVU also encourages regional and national organizations to run vegetarian festivals, such as the 43rd WorldVegFest in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, on 25 October 2015.[8]

Notable members

Regional groups

  • Asian Pacific Vegetarian Union (APVU)
  • European Vegetarian Union
  • Vegetarian Union of North America
  • South American Vegetarian Union
  • Southeast Asian Vegetarian Union

See also


  1. Vegetarianism The 17th through 19th centuries Encyclopædia Britannica
  2. IVU Welt-Vegetarier-Kongress 1908 IVU (German)
  3. Dia mundial dels veganisme 01/11/2005 Vilaweb (Catalan)
  4. Monday 8 UK 8 November 2004 Financial Times
  5. VUNA
  6. NAVS
  7. EarthSave
  8. "IVU World Vegfest in Australia". IVU World VegFest. 19 May 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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