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The Influential UK Vegetarian Society

Hindu Press International
Hinduism Today
January 6, 2012

The Vegetarian Society, off Dunham Road, Altrincham, Trafford
attracts visitors from all over the country

UK, January 4, 2011 (messengernewspapers): A Victorian mansion just
off leafy Dunham Road in Altrincham is home to an organisation whose
appeal is so far and wide, it gets more hits on its website from
overseas than it does at home. It is the Vegetarian Society - a 165-
year-old charity which has always had its roots in Manchester since
forming in 1847, but has been in its current home for the past 43

"There are vegetarian societies all over the continent, but we're the
oldest and the biggest," said CEO Dr Jon Green. "We're an educational
charity and make information available so people constantly contact
us asking for advice. We don't preach to people, that would be
counter-productive. I personally believe the world would be a better
place if we didn't eat meat - but our role is to show what it means
to be vegetarian, how to eat vegetarian food and how great it is to
eat as a vegetarian."

The society's patrons include the doyen of vegetarian cookery Rose
Elliot and Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney.

It employs 30 staff - none of whom eat meat - and has an annual
turnover of 1.3 million pounds sterling (US$ 2 million). As well as
receiving funding from all the usual sources such as membership and
legacies, it also receives a fee for underwriting vegetarian cuisine
in supermarkets - you will find the logo on 8,000 products.

Today there are two million vegetarians in the UK, with the society
having 12,000 members. Seventy-five per cent of those members are
women and most - according to a recent survey - cite animal welfare
as the main reason for abstaining from eating meat.

"Vegetarianism was a bit different back in the 1800s as people's
religious views played a part as well as concern for animal welfare,
health and the environment," said Jon. "However, the basic principles
are the same today - eating as a vegetarian is good for us and the
environment and causes minimal damage to the animals we share the
planet with." Giving advice on what to eat and how to eat it is a
huge part of the society and its Cordon Vert cookery school, headed-
up by principal tutor Alex Connell.

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