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Role model for new vegans and veg-curious people

I’m sitting in a pen with half a dozen eight-week-old baby lambs at Hugletts Wood Farm animal sanctuary in Sussex on a fresh April afternoon. Two best friends sit side by side, little blind white Stevie sips water, while friendly, handsome Douglas, who always appears to be smiling, looks for something to nibble on. Among them, and opposite me, sits Evanna Lynch: the gentle, elfin Irish beauty who captured the hearts of children across the world playing Luna Lovegood in four Harry Potter films, and is now making waves in the vegan community. We’ve just settled down after a BBQ feast of Fry’s vegan food, and it’s the most incredible place either of us have ever conducted an interview.

It’s not without its quirks, but we don’t mind at all. Douglas approaches Evanna a few times until eventually she picks him up for a cuddle. He relaxes into her arms, in total peace and comfort. They make the most photogenic pair.

The actress, now 25, was vegetarian from age 11. She suffered from anorexia around the same time, and found any curiosities about veganism brushed off by her cautious mother. Evanna says: ‘She worried it was an eating disorder in disguise.’ But since then, well-meaning Evanna has turned from troubled and confused to a wise and healthy activist we can all aspire to be like, and she’s soon to launch a vegan podcast called The Chickpeeps.

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About Vegan Life

Welcome to June’s issue of Vegan Life magazine. I’m really excited about this one – as you’ll have seen, we have a very special cover star this issue. Evanna Lynch is known for her acting (she’s currently treading the boards in London’s West End) and previously played the role of Luna in the Harry Potter franchise. I was lucky enough to meet Evanna herself at Vegan Life Live in January, and it was fantastic to talk to her about some of her upcoming projects as well as her views on veganism. The brilliant profile piece inside was written by another wonderful vegan I have been lucky enough to meet on a number of occasions (and who has been featured herself on these pages in the past), Deni Kirkova. The original images were taken by Toby Shaw – all at Hugletts Wood Farm Animal Sanctuary. It’s finally summer, which means we can take our dining from ‘al desk-o’ (groan) to al fresco. With this in mind, we have put together a recipe-packed feature to help you enjoy your best vegan barbeque season yet. What role does a plant-based diet play in conservation? We all know how much animal agriculture contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, but what other impacts does it have? Katie Chabriere - a trustee for the UK-based charity Neotropical Primate Conservation – talks about her experience of working on conservation as a vegan. Another really inspiring herbivore in this issue is Jo-Anne McArthur. This amazing photographer has documented hundreds of scenes showing the ways we exploit animals. Her work is incredible, and it was a privilege to chat with her about being an artist. And finally – Dixe Wills is probably one of the most interesting writers I have ever spoken to. As author of a number of popular titles including The Z-Z of Great Britain, Places to Hide in England, Scotland and Wales, New World Order, and The Armchair Naturalist, his latest offering Tiny Campsites has recently been published in its third edition. Have a great month.