World Vegetarian Day 2004

World Vegetarian Awareness Month - October

During the month of October, there are numerous dates
to commemorate and celebrate:

October 1 - World Vegetarian Day
October 2 - World Day for Farm Animals - Gandhi's Birthday
October 4 - Birthday of St. Francis, Patron Saint of Animals
October 15 - United Nations World Food Day
November 1 - World Vegan Day (on the tail end of October)

Please spread news of this event to your friends, associates, affiliates, partners, mail-outs, newsletters, forums, lists et al that you are on, or have access to. If each and every one of us can do something to help people become more aware and change their habits wonderful things will result. Let us make this truly a World Vegetarian Day event World-wide for a better world, a peaceful world for ALL.

What's going on World-wide that we know about......
last updated 25th November 2004

Happy World Vegetarian Awareness Month

Malaysia Celebrates Meatless Day

KUALU LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, November 24, 2004: The Malaysia Hindu Sangam President, Datuk A. Vaithilingam, issued the following statement:

I wish to inform you here that at the World Millennium Peace Conference for Spiritual and Religious Leaders held at the United Nation New York from 28-31 August, 2000, Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani made repeated appeals on the need to save animals and thus suggested that more human beings should become vegetarian. Please note that I represented the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism at the above conference. In this connection Dada Vaswani visited Malaysia in March this year and urged the Malaysians of all races and religion to support The International Meatless Day on November 25, 2004. Many leaders then pledged their support for November 25 to be declared as an annual Meatless Day. The purpose of this campaign is to promote compassion, non-violence and reverence for life. The campaign believes in awakening compassion in the hearts of people towards our fellow brothers and sisters in the animal kingdom. It is believed that reverence for life is but one step towards world peace.

I'm happy to inform that at the meeting of Hindu Organization Leaders held on November 22 in Kuala Lumpur leaders of the 26 organizations pledged that more than 2,000 followers will be a vegetarian on November 25, 2004. I take this opportunity to congratulate Mr. Pishu Murali Hassaram the chairman of the organizing committee based in Penang for having launched this programme on November 25 at the Esplanade, Penang under the distinguished Patronage of Tan Sri Koh Tsu Khoon, Chief Minister of Penang. I hope more Malaysian irrespective of race or religion will make November 25 each year a Meatless Day. Those who wish to know about the Meatless Day may look in the website

courtesy of Hinduism Today


See their World Vegetarian Awareness Month newsletter
(reproduced here with permission)

....more pictures below

Dear Prabhu,

Hare Krishna!

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupad. All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga!

Madurai ISKCON observed World Vegetarian Day on 03.10.2004, Sunday evening in order to create awareness on consuming vegetarian food after seeing your e-mail.

On 1.10.2004 the local newspapers published an exclusive news item on World Vegetarian Day, which contained an article written by our TP (H.G.Shankhadhari Das, M.Tech., Ex. Scientist).

The articled highlighted the importance of vegetarian diet and the ill effects brought about by flesh foods. Moreover the newspapers also made a wide publicity of the World Vegetarian Day Awareness programme to be conducted on 3.10.2004. As a result, people from all walks of life took part in it.

In the programme, our TP advised the people to give up meat eating by scientifically presenting the facts as revealed in the sastras.

If you touch fire even knowingly or unknowingly, it will burn:
In his speech, he pointed out that for every good or bad action we do, there will be reaction. If we touch fire even knowingly or unknowingly, it will burn us. Similarly, even if we do not understand the reaction for our action, we have to face the reaction. This is the law of nature. Hence a man who kills another living entity will have to experience the reaction also. Some people tell that they are not involved in killing. Only someone kills the animal and they simply eat it. But all those who are involved in killing an animal - one who permits the killing, one who kills, one who helps the killer, one who buys, one who cooks and one who eats are criminals jus as those who conspire a murder are equally punishable.

The Taste is due to ingredients; not due to meat:
In the question and answer session, there arose a controversy regarding the taste of flesh foods. Our TP explained that meat has no taste. It appears to be tasty only because of the pungent ingredients we add to the meat. In actuality, raw meat has no taste but it is highly abominable. The pungent items mixed with meat lead to the wrong notion that meat is tasty.

Evidences for vegetarian food as a wholesome & healthy food:
Our TP also referred to the Health Nutrition Chart - Bulletin No: 23 released by the Government of India, which contains details on the nutrients of food items. It is clear from the chart that only vegetarian food has all the nutrients required for a human being, For instance, 100 gram egg and 100 gram meat and chicken contain only 173 calorie and 194 calorie respectively. But green gram (100 g), which we regularly use, contains 372 calorie. Moreover milk products; grains, beans, dhal, groundnuts etc. have more calorie than green gram. Many doctors and scientists have proved that vegetarian foods increase the duration of life and keep the body healthy.

Video CD shows on opinions of famous medical practitioners:
A video-CD show on the lectures of many famous doctors on the significance of vegetarian diet was show to the people and this is an indication that most of the foreigners are turning into strict vegetarians.

The Easy way to give up meat eating:
By Chanting "Hare Krishna Hare Krishna; Krishna Krishna Hare Hare; Hare Rama Hare Rama; Rama Rama Hare Hare", a minimum of 108 times every day, one can give up meat-eating very soon. By this practice, hundreds of thousands of people have given up eating flesh food and as a result attained peace of mind and purity.

Vegetarian Prasadam:
At the end of the programme, all the participants were provided with sumptuous Krishna Prasadam. A hand book on "Do we need flesh food?" was distributed to all along with a booklet on "Japa dhyana" in a nominal price.

Accolades by Newspapers:
All the major newspapers like THe Hindu, Indian Express, Dinamalar, Dinamani, Daily Thanthi, Dinakaran etc. published the news with photographs. This paved the way for the people to realize the importance of vegetarian food.

I express my sincere thanks for your valuable guidance (e-mail) and others who helped you.

Hare Krishna!

- Karuna Sindhu Krishna Das,


Animal Rights Calendar - really worth a good look


We've just released our list of WVD events around the country, you are welcome
to spread this as widely as you want, it's on this webpage - there's a special
category for it:

You'll also notice that for October we have a book sale of our Living a Good
Life book, and it is ideal for vegetarian families - it covers pregnancy,
childcare and the teen years, not to mention adults and the elderly.  We've
just reprinted more copies as a result of recent demand, and these are selling
well, with the proceeds going to vegetarian products including a farm animal
sanctuary down our way.  It would be great if you could promote the book - if
you are willing to do that I can send you a complimentary copy... just a

Pam Bidwell
President - Wellington's Vegetarian Society

The book "Living a Good Life" normally selling at $21.95 is now going at the $14.95 price which lasts until the end of October, although we could consider extending it if anyone were to approach us after them with this reference.

From: "contactus" <>
To: <>
Subject: Melbourne Australia - World Vegetarian Day

Hi My name is Gail Woodhouse

On Sunday 3rd Oct and Sat 2nd I am holding  workshops in East Doncaster ( Melbourne ) for people who are interested in changing to a vegetarian diet. They  will be interactive and include samples of meat subsitutes and ideas about maintaining balance and avoiding deficiences etc. Have a great video "A diet for All Reasons" which has been instrumental in stimulating change. If there is anyone who would like to attend I can be contacted on 03 98417551 M:0422-193-795 Web or e:

I have been a committed vegetarian for the last 8 years and have experienced a huge difference in my health.
Looking forward hearing from you.
In Peace ..Gail Woodhouse.

H a r e  K r i s h n a !

Welcome to ISKCON Sydney's e-newsletter.

Today is World Vegetarian Day so please visit the link below to read all about the event and how it can be relevant to us as Krishna's devotees. Vegetarianism is a big step towards spiritual life, so those who aren't already practising should seriously consider doing so in order to relieve themselves of a great deal of karma and enable access to understanding the Supreme Lord in truth.

From the New Zealand Vegetarian Society based in Auckland.

Their magazine is full of little snippets and events for World Vegetarian Day and World Vegetarian Month of October.

They have a no. of activities planned  throughout NZ  The back page of our magazine which has them listed? In addition to this list, we have set up a display on the first floor of the Auckland Public Library for this week.

Below they did some commposing competition with school children to see who could come up with some vege friendly, or should I say animal friendly posters for World Vetetarian Day. Here's a few examples.

For contacting them write to "NZ Vegetarian Society Inc" <> They will only be too pleased to help you.

or write to them at:

National Vegetarian Centre
NZ Vegetarian Society Inc
P O Box 26664
Epsom, Auckland
Ph / Fax 09 523 4686

Thank you and have a great day/month.

See what Hare Krishna Centres Worldwide are doing:
Use the following address to find the Hare Krsna center closest to you.  Also find out how to take part in these wonderful celebrations even if you do not live near an established Hare Krsna Temple.

These Vegetarian Hare Krsna Love Feasts are free of charge.  This is an opportunity for you to meet these Hare Krsna people in a festive mood.  Of course, donations are very much appreciated and needed.  If you would like to donate, but cannot afford to they might rather accept a little volunteer service.

Did you know the Hare Krishna people also try to reach those who are homeless and destitute with pure vegetarian food relief?  Check these sites out for more information.

The DHARMA organization would like to help with organizing more food relief programs.  No one should go hungry.  Please consider joining our free public forum for vegetarian food relief.

Your servant in Krsna consciousness,

Citraketu dasa
"C.J. Flores"

Food For Life Global supports WVD and is doing Feed the World Week see their page

Feed the World Week Oct 15-21

Saturday, November 23, 1996 marked the inauguration of Feed the World Day (FWD). On this day, Food for Life volunteers and friends in over 100 countries served karma-free vegetarian meals in honor of the Centennial of Srila Prabhupada (1896-1996), the founder of Hare Krishna Food for Life. More..... Srila Prabhupada wrote: "Simply by liberal distribution of prasadam,* the whole world can become peaceful and prosperous [SB  4.12.10]." " earns happiness by making the cows and bulls happy." In 1997, in order to facilitate greater cooperation and to increase food distribution, the event was expanded another 6 days and renamed "Feed the World Week (Oct 15-21)

A Call for Action!

October 15-21 will mark the annual observance of Feed the World Week (FWW). During this week, Food for Life volunteers and concerned vegetarians in over 60 countries will serve out more than 2 million karma-free vegetarian meals to the world!

Feed the World Week is based on a simple principle. For one week, the world should experience a wholesome, nonviolent, karma-free diet, and thus pave the way for a peaceful and hunger-free world.

Feed the World Week is an open community event for raising awareness of the world’s chronic hunger problem that has seen, for example, 300,000 children die in Northern Korea in one month.

Feed the World Week is a call for action, for the world to move away from the meat-based diet—that robs the earth of vital resources and leaves billions homeless and hungry. “Most non-vegetarians are unaware,” explains Paul Turner, Global director of Food for Life, “that more than 70% of the world’s grain production is fed to livestock destined for slaughterhouses. That same grain could feed humans. Every year, millions of children in the developing world die from hunger, alongside fields of fodder destined for the West’s livestock.”

In an attempt to correct this imbalance of the earth’s resources, Hare Krishna Food for Life volunteers daily distribute fifty thousand karma-free meals to the needy of the world!

During Feed the World Week, we share vegetarian food in remembrance of the world’s 1.3 billion hungry. “The fact is,” says Turner, “if Americans reduced their meat consumption by 10 percent, enough grains would be saved to feed sixty million people!”
*Prasadam: Sanctified vegetarian food that has first been offered to God and which then becomes "karma-free" or spiritually purified.

Iskcon Bangalore - Akshaya Patra program - Unlimited Food For Life !!!

Some of their recent activities recorded in the press:

A Strategic Program to address two of the most pressing problems of India:Hunger & Education

Akshaya Patra currently feeds 43,000 rural children in 210 schools everyday.

Govinda's restaurant in Dublin (Ireland) will run a stall at the World Vegetarian Day festival, held at the St Andrews Resource Centre, Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

I will also give a 45 minute talk entitled "Foods in the Mode of Goodness"

It is expected that 10,000 people will visit throughout the day.

Ys, Praghosa dasa

Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2004 14:02 +0630
From: "ISKCON Madurai (India)" <>
To: "Jaya Tirtha Charan dasan" <>
Subject: World Vegetarian Day and Awareness month Oct -  World Vegan day

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Dear Prabhu,

        PAMHO. AGTSP.

We have already distributed more than 15000 booklets on veg. and how to give up non veg by chanting mahamantra.

Also on Oct 1, we plan to introduce the concept of veg. to school students.  We plan to use newspapers for the public awareness.

It is a pleasant surprize that by chanting around 1100 families and more than 700 students gave up non veg.

Thanking you.

Your servant,
Shankhadhari Das.
(Temple President)

Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2004 23:14 +0200
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Dear devotee,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

For 1st October I would like to share this peace house idea with many people. Nonviolence is essential for peace, so all foods have to be vegetarian.

I had this idea about one year ago. 3 events happened that inspired me and which made me realize that we have a genuine need for these peace houses. I try to start one in Antwerp Belgium and one friend is busy in het city Houten in Holland. We get nice feedback

1) when the war in Iraque 'ended' and American soldiers gave western magazines to Iraq soldiers they refused them. It is pornography for Muslims. I thought they have no understanding of each other. Where is common ground to meet?

2) I also saw at that time a documentary of 2 man (one Jew, one Muslim) in Jeruzalem who underwent treatment for their alcohol addiction. In the beginning each one said how he hated the other. After living together in the clinic they said in the end, while embrazing, how they loved each other.

3) Before I always did my laundry in the laundrynet and had many discussions with locals, Muslims,Christians etc on vegetarianism, religion etc. Since I moved house and have a washingmachine I did not have any deeper discussion anymore just with people you meet, accept for harinam sankirtan and bookdistribution.

Could you send the peace house idea and advantages list to all the people which were co receivers of your letter. I don't know how to do it accept for typing it one by one...
I hope you can open the attached files. Please let me know.

I would like to receive feedback from people.

your friend
Tarunyamrta dasi

Further Details of PeaceHouse Project

Check out Kurma prabhu's Vegetarian Cooking classes throughout October


Please see the attached Press Release re World Vegetarian Day. Also we will be getting ready for The Vegetarian Society Awards throughout Vegetarian Awareness Month - the Awards are a way of keeping awareness of vegetarianism high in the business world and culminate in the Awards ceremony at Londons Magic Circle on October 28th. For more info please see

Best wishes,

Kerry Bennett
Press Officer

The Vegetarian Society
Dunham Road
WA14 4QG
0161 925 2012

Manchester Food & Drink Festival 2004

Hello Jaya,

In Melbourne, Australia, we are holding World Vegan Day Melbourne at Albert Park on Sunday 31 October between 11am and 4pm. More info is available at

Many thanks,

The Veg Blog

Prabhupada's News Network

From Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society
Contact  Roberta Schiff 845.876.2626

World Vegetarian Day
Friday, October 1
Pot Luck Dinner at 6PM
Kingston Seventh Day Adventist Church
24 West Union - Kingston New York  USA

Come celebrate the beginning of Vegetarian Awareness Month at a Potluck
Dinner co-sponsored by the Kingston Seventh Day Adventist Church and the Mid-Hudson
Vegetarian Society. You do not have to be a member of either group or even a
vegetarian to attend. Just eat like on when you are with us. No charge to
attend but bring a vegan (no meat, poultry, fish, dairy or honey) to share. We
will provide vegetarian chili. Nor sure what to bring, contact us, we have lots
of suggestions.

Reservations are required Call 845.758.3728 or 846.876.2626 or

World Vegetarian Day Outreach - Colorado:

University of Northern Colorado:

San Francisco - World Vegetarian Day events

San Francisco Bay Guardian newspaper - Meatless:

San Francisco - Hemp Foods




The Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Florida campus

 North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS)

North American Vegetarian Soc - Nineteenth Annual International Compassionate Living Festival
Save the Date! October 1st-3rd, 2004 Raleigh, NC

Metro Detroit area MI

Calgary Vegetarian Society

Winnipeg Vegetarian Association ( Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

World Vegetarian Day, World Farm Animals Day Observed at MIT

Food for Life - Annual Feed the World week

Toronto World Vegetarian Awareness weeks - October 1 to 15

Peace and Environment Resource Centre - Toronto & Winnepeg - WVD

Winnipeg WVD

Ottawa Vegetarian Meetup Group

San Antonio Vegetarian Society

World Vegetarian Day, World Farm Animals Day Observed at MIT

European Vegetarian Union - WVD:

World Vegetarian Day From Poland:

Festival of India in Poland:

Danish Vegetarian Society - WVD

French Vegetarian Society - 1st - 7th October

Ireland WVD sunday 3rd October:

Belgium - WVD 9th October 2004

Healthy Life Expo' - 8th thru' 10th October 2004 - LAX Sheraton Gateway hotel

University of Northern Colorado - WVD

Denver Colorado - World Vegetarian Day outreach

Portland Independent Media Centre - WVD

Viva-la-vege - Vegetarian Society of New York

Historic Whitesbog Village, Rt 530 (mile marker 13), Browns Mills, NJ.
We will be having a vegetarian food booth and information table to celebrate World Vegetarian Day. The festival includes artists, musicians, entertainers and exhibitors.

Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival - September 25, 2004

"A Cow At My Table" film showing on behalf of WORLD VEGETARIAN DAY, October 1st, 2004

15th Annual Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-Off - Houston - Texas

Vegetarian Society of Washington DC - Vege Awareness month October

Boston Vegetarian Food Festival - Sat. Oct. 23, 2004

The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter - WVD and Farm Animals

Korea - celebrating World Vegetarian Day

Sanitarium - Australia - WVD

Just an idea from a NZgirl:

Dining out VEGETARIAN Restaurants all over the world

More about Vegetarianism - WVD

Vege links

More Vegetarian Stuff


World Vegetarian Day Coordinator (every year! everywhere!)

Send a friend an E-Card 4 WVD - World Vegetarian Day e-cards

4Nbc New York

Vegetarian Cartoons:

The Half @st Vegetarian

Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes:

The Vegetarian Life-style:

21 reasons for being Vegetarian

Vegetarian info page for well being and fitness

Vegetarian Facts

Animal Rights Calendar


 International Vegetarian Union

Jain Friends group:

Dallas-Fort Worth for World Vegetarian Day:

Here is what we are doing in Dallas-Fort Worth for World Vegetarian Day:

Thanks for your information about kiwi,

UK Vegan week:

Help can be found at

* You can post events, news and requests for help in THE FORUMS

* Post up press releases into the TOPICS section via SUBMIT NEWS

* Post pictures in THE GALLERY

* Add interesting links in WEBLINKS via the ADD LINK option.

* Please don't forget to request a World Vegan Day Supporters' Pack.

Tony Weston - * Tel +44 (0)1424 448828 * Fax: 717064
World Vegan Day is 1st Nov * UK Vegan Week is 26th Oct - 2nd Nov 2003
Vegan Diamond Jubilee 1944–2004 * 60 years of making a difference to life!
See our websites &

Tauranga - Bay of Plenty in New Zealand

Singapore Vegetarian Society

Earth Save:

European Vegetarian Union - Sweden:  (The Swedish Vegetarian Society)

Care2make a difference:

Phuket - Thailand

MeatlessDay - Hong Kong

Animal Rights groups attack the rascals who mocked the Hare Krishna's in NZ through the "Red Meat" campaign.

Thanks guys  ROFL

Remember how they ridiculed the Hare Krishna's - it's the law of karma, it comes back on you !!!

New Zealand Shops - Important dates

Actually there's so much going on this year I'm having touble keeping up with it all.............

Please let me know what you have planned, however small or humble you may feel.........

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