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Vegetarian Society

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**History of Vegetarian Society:**
– The Vegetarian Society was formed in the 19th century in Britain.
– Key figures in its formation included Francis William Newman, Isaac Pitman, William Gibson Ward, and John Davie.
– Various groups promoting meat-free diets were instrumental in its establishment.

**Founding Groups and Influences:**
– Bible Christian Church founded by Reverend William Cowherd in 1809 promoted ovo-lacto vegetarianism.
– Concordium (Alcott House) near London, opened in 1838, advocated a vegan diet free of all animal products.
– The Truth-Tester journal and the 1847 Physiological Conference played significant roles in proposing and establishing the Vegetarian Society.

**Organizational Structure and Development:**
– The Ramsgate Conference in 1847 officially named the Vegetarian Society with James Simpson as president.
– A split in 1888 led to the formation of the London Vegetarian Society, alongside the Manchester Vegetarian Society (MVS).
– In the 20th century, the society focused on public education and collaborated with other groups to promote healthy eating.

**Evolution and Rebranding:**
– The Vegetarian Society underwent a rebranding in 2024, introducing a new logo, magazine, and website.
– Over the years, the society published various journals, with Beatrice Lindsay being the first female editor of the Dietetic Reformer and Vegetarian Messenger.

**Current Initiatives and Impact:**
– The Vegetarian Society is now a campaigning charity and launched the Vegetarian Society Approved vegan trademark in 2017.
– Notable figures associated with the society include Carol J. Adams, Suzanne M. Babich, William Alcott, Ernest Bell, and Henry Stephens Salt.

Vegetarian Society (Wikipedia)

The Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom is a British registered charity which was established on 30 September 1847 to promote vegetarianism.

Vegetarian Society
Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom
Formation30 September 1847; 176 years ago (1847-09-30)
Founded atRamsgate, Kent, England
Merger ofLondon Vegetarian Society
Manchester Vegetarian Society
Registration no.259358
Legal statusCharity
HeadquartersManchester, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
MethodsInformation, support
Vegetarian Society Approved
Effective regionUnited Kingdom
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