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Veg Organisations Across the World

I chose to put together a list of vegan and vegetarian websites and organisations that can help us eat veg, shop veg, do veg activism, and generally live veg. Hope it helps everyone - it sure helped me. I was searching mainly for international information, but since I didn't find that much that was without borders, I added those that I believe have a widespread influence.

 

1- The International Vegetarian Union

This is a great website to search for anything we want, from veg organisations to shopping, even hotels. There are listings from around the world.

2- Happy Cow

This is the go-to website when looking for restaurants and eateries anywhere in the world. From my personal experience, it is the most comprehensive listing of restaurants I've seen on the web. Feel free to comment if you've found a better one.

3- The Vegan Society

Based in the UK, this organisation is one to promote if you are looking for people who are hardcore vegan activists and that encompass all reasons and forms of veganism - that is, not just the food, and not just for karma or for animal rights. They are also a great source of information about how veganism came about and for those seeking specific details on how to live, breathe and radiate veganism.

4- Greenpeace

Although the main purpose of this organisation is for environmental protection, Greenpeace has a history of protecting wildlife that just can't be ignored by vegans, especially in the oceans. Marine animals, from seals to whales and dolphins to tuna, without forgetting about sharks, are of a major importance to this famous green and peaceful NGO created in Canada.

5- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

This famous and controversial organisation has some of us wondering if vegans could, perhaps, be better without it. This may stem from the issues raised by actions that received a very widely negative response, such as when those who had paint thrown at them, and I can definitely understand them. However, this is definitely an organisation that has put vegans out there much more prominently, and has surely made more than just a few chose to change their lifestyle. They are a great source of information to rely on.

6- The World Vegan Organization

This is another great source of information for anything vegan, from our lifestyles to our shopping, without, of course, forgetting about recipes and vegan alternatives! Hey, maybe some of you wonder-cooks can use their cooking database?

7- The Vegetarian Resource Group 

This website focuses on health, recipes and environment. They also cater to those who are not yet vegetarians and looking to learn how to cook meatless meals.

8- Peta2

This site is very similar to PETA, but for youth and with a bit more humour. Perhaps adults can also appreciate the less-serious side of animal activism as well!

9- EarthSave International

EarthSave is almost exclusively focused on a plant-based diet for health reasons. They advocate boycotting animal by-products by hosting Taste of Health weekends with workshops, cooking classes and by inviting companies to offer taste tests (free!) to anyone who wishes to try before buying. I've personally been to several of their Vancouver weekends and always came out of there learning something new.

10- Christian Vegetarian Association

I remember reading about how some strong Christian followers on this site feel that they are misunderstood in their religious communities because others don't agree with their choices. The confusing choice of 'loving all of God's creatures' doesn't fit with a meat-eating diet, and this organisation got the message! To feel less left out, browse this site and learn about Christ's compassion.

11- Veggie Lawyers 

I was surprised to find this, and although they are based in Georgia and probably not international, it's great to know that there are lawyers specializing in animal rights. Of course, they are also divorce lawyers, so not just animal-rights based, but still... This is great!

12- List of organisations from Happy Cow

This is the link that Happy Cow has for different organizations. Most are US or UK based.

13- Supreme Master Ching Hai

Have you heard of this woman? She is a spiritual, vegan psychic that promotes meditation and compassion as the best way to live. She advocates by informing the general public on the environmental and health benefits of a vegan diet, and adds the spiritual side to it. She is not christian; I believe she is Buddhist. There are flyers and videos you can download from her site, and use them to help you promote a vegan diet if you have that in mind and wish to do it with a whole different approach than mainstream activism.

14- Veggie Jews 

Yes, this religion has its vegetarian website as well to support those who wish to find themselves with others like them. They advocate to Jews by incorporating vegetarianism into the Jewish identity.

15- Vegetarian Union of North America

VUNA is the North American branch of International Vegetarian Union and has similar goals and missions. Just an FYI - for those of you who can, they are looking for volunteer Spanish and French translators for the site.

Image credit: Tobias Akerboom (at hutmeelz)

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  1. Veganara
    Veganara
    Voted. Great information and well-written. I particularly like the mention of the Vegan Society - I would love to work for them but sadly I live too far away!
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    1. SnakeWitch
      Thanks!
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  2. kristo
    kristo
    Voted! I use happy cow when I travel and want to find a good vegetarian restaurant.
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    1. SnakeWitch
      It's just great! Thanks!
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  3. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Vote #4! Thanks for the information!
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    1. SnakeWitch
      Thanks!
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  4. Marie Esther
    Love it! You got my vote, too!
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    1. SnakeWitch
      Thanks!
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  5. Roopam
    Voted!
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    1. SnakeWitch
      Thanks!
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  6. Akanksha
    Akanksha
    Thanks for the list Snakewitch. I will have to check those out. I would like to add my two cents about 'The Art of Living' founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. It does not work only for vegetarianism but oes lay a strong emphasis on it during every workshop/course/gathering. I have seen people from different parts of the world change and take up vegetarianism after the course. It also helps quit smoking. You can check http://www.artofliving.org for more information.
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    1. SnakeWitch
      Thanks for the info! Never heard of them. When you say they have courses, at what level are they? Is it for post-secondary studies?
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  7. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    #12. I'm sorry that i haven't been around for a while to vote. I have a lot going on right now, in my life....Yes, Peta is in the news for a lot of negative stuff lately. I like greenpeace and the lawyers specializing in animal rights.
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    1. SnakeWitch
      Thanks for the vote!
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  8. RobKingsize
    What about Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)? PCRM has tons of vegan recipes and regular vegan kickstarts, which help people who want to try a vegan diet. It also works for animal rights.
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    1. Veganara
      Veganara
      Yep, I support PCRM! They seem to focus largely on the anti-vivisection issue, which is all to the good.
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      1. SnakeWitch
        I don't know these guys. Will check them out! THanks for the info!
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