International Vegetarian Union

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

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 (founded in 1988)
  • Vegetarian Union of North America (preceded by the American Vegetarian Union 1949–1970s and the North American Vegetarian Society 1974–1987[9])
  • South American Vegetarian Union
  • Southeast Asian Vegetarian Union

See also


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