European Vegetarian Union

European Vegetarian Union (EVU)
Founded 1988
Type Non-profit organization, Non-governmental organization
Focus Vegetarianism
Origins Hilversum/The Netherlands
Area served
Product Business Development, Standards organization
200 members from 30 Countries
Owner Members of "The European Vegetarian Union" (EVU)
Key people
Renato Pichler
Slogan "a world without slaughter but with respect for life in all its forms"
Effective region Worldwide
Effective since 1995[1]
Product category Food label
Legal status Consumer recognized

The European Vegetarian Union (EVU) is an non-profit-, non-governmental organization umbrella organization for vegetarian societies and groups in Europe. The Union works in the areas of vegetarianism, nutrition, health, consumer protection, the campaign for animal rights, ecology, general information and against world hunger. Headquarters are in Winterthur (Switzerland), together with the Swiss organization Swissveg.



The main activities of the EVU are:

The EVU aims to support vegetarian organisations across Europe and bring them closer together. This is especially important in countries where the vegetarian philosophy has not yet had a chance to develop.

The connection between the various member societies is promoted through the EVU magazine "European Vegetarian". This is produced twice a year and reports on events, news, trends, developments, initiatives and activities that are of interest to vegetarians.

Also very important are the opportunities for vegetarians from all over Europe to meet in person and be able to exchange ideas and information, offer each other help and build links with other organisations. International meetings and events, where the latest developments and findings can be discussed in lectures and working groups, serve this purpose well.

Through membership of the International Vegetarian Union (IVU), the EVU is in contact with the international vegetarian community.

EVU receives regular information and alerts from the most important international organisations and media companies, which allows for a close monitoring of important international economic, political and social developments.

See also

Animal protection movements

Overview about Vegetarianism


  1. "CH-440.4.021.134 V-Label GmbH". Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  2. "Devour the Earth". World Preservation Foundation.
  3. "Devour the Earth". EVU.
  4. Renato Pichler "The French Government Outlaws Vegetarianism in Schools" Archived October 24, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., European Vegetarian Union (EVU). *Also see "The French Government Outlaws Vegetarianism in Schools", European Vegetarian and Animal News Alliance (EVANA).
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