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VEGAN NEWS

Bite–sized updates on all things vegan from the worlds of entertainment, politics, sports, animal advocacy and more. Got news to share with us? Get in touch! vegannews@primeimpact.co.uk

Kingston student nabs Peta award for persuading university to drop fur

Students in Kingston University’s renowned fashion degree course will soon be prohibited from including fur in their collections – and it’s all thanks to Kingston student Simon Plazolles-Hayes, who proposed the amendment to the university’s policies and spoke at the meeting in which it was passed. In recognition of his efforts, Plazolles-Hayes will receive a compassionate action award from animal rights charity Peta. “The fur industry fell out of favour with forward-thinking fashion designers long ago”, says Peta director Elisa Allen. “Peta is honouring Simon Plazolles-Hayes for his efforts to ensure that the skins of tormented animals don’t appear on any Kingston University catwalks.” Plazolles-Hayes, a 23 year old US Army veteran, is currently studying business management at Kingston. He enjoys travelling, volunteering for the RSPCA, and teaming up with Peta to fight cruelty to animals – including planning to travel to Pamplona, Spain, to protest the Running of the Bulls. He says:“We as people have a responsibility not to be cruel to the most vulnerable members of society.”

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The vegan momentum keeps building. We have seen a huge increase in our numbers over the last few years, and now there are more and more plant-based projects hitting the mainstream consciousness. One of the most exciting is film Carnage by comedian Simon Amstell released earlier this spring. This excellent mockumentary (which is available on BBC iPlayer) has won acclaim from vegans and carnists alike. It is witty, intelligent and acerbic, being both informative and entertaining while never venturing into the dreaded ‘preachy’ territory. Our roving journalist (and vegan pioneer in her own right) Louise Wallis attended a special press screening with Mr Amstell himself. Her report makes for fascinating reading. Also highly visible in the mainstream are Go Vegan World posters and campaign materials. Many of you have spotted (and snapped) these images on billboards, bus shelters, newspapers and even taxis, but the biggest spot of all was at a huge international rugby match. We sat down with Go Vegan World founder Sandra Higgins to discuss how her work is changing hearts and minds. We had a very special guest come to Vegan Life HQ for a photoshoot – and you can see the results on the cover of this issue. World class athlete and vegan activist Timothy Shieff is an inspiring figure for so many in the community, so it was a privilege to chat with him for a special feature profile. There’s lots of evidence to show that more consumers (vegan and otherwise) are starting to embrace plant-based products – especially dairy alternatives like soya and almond milk. This seems to have hit a nerve with some in the dairy industry who are starting to hit back, with the National Farmers’ Union calling campaigns like the ones by Go Vegan World ‘disheartening’ for dairy farmers. We decided to dig deep into this growing tension between the dairy industry and vegans to bring you an in-depth feature. Have a great month.
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