Isle of Wight Vegetarians & Vegans

IWVV Update

3rd March 2017


All are welcome to our social and business meetings - please don’t be put off by the latter,
we rarely have much business to deal with and the meetings soon evolve into
social time with friendly chat, cuppas and refreshments

Please contact IWVV for venue information

Thursday, 16th March
Business Meeting, 7:30pm

Thursday, 20th April
Social Meeting, 7:30pm

Thursday, 18th May
Business Meeting, 7:30pm



There are many online petitions nowadays, on various campaigning websites, and many are concerned with animal welfare,
ending animal abuse, environmental issues, etc. The following may be of interest:

Introduce Animal Health and Welfare to the school curriculum

Animal abuse complaints increased by over 6,000 in 2014.
Education could be a key factor to preventing the pattern from continuing into the future;
reducing animal suffering and also giving future generations an understanding of animal care.


Urge the Wildlife Trust not to cull Grey Squirrels

The Wildlife Trusts are seeking an army of 5,000 volunteers to supposedly help with "saving our last red squirrels"
by monitoring populations, educating children –
and bludgeoning grey squirrels, to death.

Back in 2008 Rob Atkinson, the head of wildlife science at the RSPCA, said:
"It's ethically dubious killing one species for the sake of another. Apart from that, it doesn't work.
There's absolutely no point in doing it.

The Wildlife Trusts' planned cull is focused on areas of northern England, north Wales and Northern Ireland
where grey squirrels first introduced by the Victorians are being blamed for the declining red squirrel population.
However, many ecologists say that the primary cause of declining red squirrel populations are
loss of habitat and other human activities, and not the presence of grey squirrels.

Even if grey squirrels are a factor, with more than 2.5 million of them in England and Scotland,
it will be impossible to kill all of them. This cull will be a never-ending task of pointless cruelty.

There are alternative options to help the red squirrels such as habitat regeneration. This is what The Wildlife Trusts need to focus on.




Thanks to Solent Vegetarians and Vegans for these details.
Lots more information on SVV’s excellent website at

The Art House, 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7DW. 023 8023 8582.
Art gallery with a fully vegetarian café serving vegetarian and vegan food, mostly organic.
Open Tue-Sat 11am-10pm, and Sun 12pm-5pm.

Indian Melody, 25 High Street, Southampton SO14 2DF. 023 8063 899. An Indian vegetarian restaurant which opened in 2010.

Earth Restaurant and Takeaway, 35 Chapel Street, Petersfield, GU32 3DY Fully vegan, fast food. Opened Feb 2017.

Mad Cucumber, 7 The Triangle, Bournemouth, BH2 5RY. 07871 856300. A vegan bistro which opened in June 2013.

Muffins Galore, Braxton Gardens, Lymore Lane, Milford-on-sea, Lymington, SO41 0TX. Fully vegetarian tea rooms.

Offbeet Food, Chesapeake Mill, Bridge Street, Wickham, Hants, PO17 5JH. 01329 834078. Used to be non-vegetarian, but went fully vegetarian in Jan 2015 and vegan in Jan 2016.

Puja Sweet Mart, 57 St Mary's Road, Southampton, SO14 0BH. 023 8023 3677
A takeaway that sells both Indian sweets and savouries, e.g. pakoras, samosas, onion bhajis.
Most of the savouries and a few of the sweets are vegan.

Pure Cuisine, 58 High Street, Christchurch, BH23 1BN. 01202 484 757 Fully vegan. Opened in early August 2016.

Rawberry, 52-54 St Georges Street, Winchester, SO23 8AH Mainly juices, but they do sell some savouries too.

Sukha Lounge, 706 Christchurch Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth, BH7 6BY.
Vegan café, mainly raw foods.

Thrive Café and Wellbeing, 95 Oliver's Battery Road South, Winchester. 01962 864999
Vegetarian café, yoga classes and retreats, workshops, supper clubs.




Vegetarian café No8 opened recently above the Farm Shop, 8 High Street, Bembridge.

They are open Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 5.00pm and it looks like there are also some vegan options available.




Five-a-day is a well-known nationwide campaign in the UK and in many other countries.
However, a new study has shown that 400g of fruit and vegetables a day might not be enough
to offer the maximum protection against heart disease, cancer and early death.

Scientists discovered that eating 800g of fruit and vegetables daily -
double the government’s recommendations - may have large health benefits.

The study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, adds to the ever-growing evidence
that eating a diet consisting of plant foods is beneficial to public health.

Tom Kuehnel, Campaigns Officer at The Vegan Society, said:
“There is a disconnect between what we are told the public should be eating and the food we are producing. 
The government should encourage more farmers to take up fruit, vegetable and protein crop growing in the UK,
and provide support for growers that are providing food for human consumption,
as opposed to prioritising animal farming as we currently do.
We know that there is already more than enough arable land set aside
that could be used to feed the population in healthful ways.”

With the world’s population constantly increasing, food and land security are becoming major issues.

From The Vegan Society, 23rd February 2017 - see

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