International Vegan Association

International Vegan Association

The International Vegan Association is a vegan advocacy group, with an intent to educate and inspire.


The International Vegan Association (IVA) is dedicated to educating the public and its volunteers about veganism and animal rights, with a strict focus on abolishing (rather than regulating) animal use.


In accordance with the abolitionist approach to animal rights as it has been developed by Professor Gary Francione, the IVA has made four core commitments:

1. The IVA holds that the human use of nonhuman animals is wrong, that animal use ought to be abolished, and that each of us has a moral obligation to be vegan.

A vegan is as a person committed to abstaining from using animals and animal products for food, clothing, entertainment, and other purposes. For example, vegans do not consume meat, dairy, eggs, honey, or animal by-products, they do not use personal care products that contain animal-based ingredients, and they avoid using leather, silk, wool and other animal-based materials.

2. The IVA rejects all forms of advocacy that seek to reform, regulate or make more humane our society’s use of animals, on the grounds that such activities are both counterproductive and immoral.

3. The IVA rejects any use of violence on behalf of or within the animal rights movement.

4. The IVA commits its resources exclusively to education. The IVA holds that educating people about veganism, animal rights, and vegan advocacy is the key to making progress toward ending animal use.

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