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Vegetarian week

The International Vegetarian Week[1] (IVW) consists of 7 days, October 1 to 7, where many events take place in several countries of the world, to promote the vegetarian lifestyle.

Many countries and organisations have been proposing Vegetarian Weeks for several years, from Australia to the United Kingdom.[2][3][3]

For many years, those Vegetarian Weeks have been mostly the effort of national organisations. The dates were different from country to country, and there was little or none international coordination or help.

In 2008, a team of activists from different countries, before and around the 38th IVU World Vegetarian Congress,[4] decided to coordinate activities to promote an International Vegetarian Week, every year from October 1 to 7. This team set up a specific website,[1] that serves both as a means of informing about the IVW, and as a tool to share ideas, resources and promotional material.

Vegetarian organisations and activists worldwide contribute materials and resources to the IVW, and the website serves as a central point to share the resources and ideas.

The first IVW 2008 was promoted in about 13 countries worldwide. This number has steadily increased in following years. The project has received the support famous people, such as John Robbins, Rajendra Pachauri, Jean Ziegler and others.

Historical Notes

The period called International Vegetarian Week has for a long time been used as World Week of Prayer for Animals by religiously ethical vegetarians, and curiously, it covered the following three dates: (a) first full week of October (b) October 1–7 PLUS (b) two full weekends, usually on either end (before or after) October 4, the Feast Day of St. Francis.

However, though World Week of Prayer for Animals has overlapped and has been coterminous with the International Vegetarian Week, cultural, ideological, and political reasons often prevent its being noted in some (but not all) International Vegetarian Week announcements.


See also


  • Google News Search for World Week of Prayer for Animals
  • Google News Search for World Vegetarian Week
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