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The cruelty of tradition

Lily Woods looks into the brutality behind Traditional Chinese Medicine

Steeped in over 2,500 years of history and cultural practice, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) remains a popular form of treatment and medication to this day. Within TCM, it is believed that there is no separation between the mind and the body, and that the interaction between mind, body and environment are crucial to your overall health. Thus, these medicinal practices treat the individual as a ‘whole’ rather than targeting a single wound or pain, with treatment plans often including acupuncture, cupping, herbal remedies, massage therapy, and movement exercises. However, while these practices are commonplace within TCM, so too is the slaughter of animals for use in remedies and medicines. From bears to tigers, rhinos to elephants, many species and subspecies have been poached to the brink of extinction due to the high demand of their horns, tusks, bones and organs.

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Welcome to our May issue. It’s undeniable that one of the best ways to advocate veganism to non-vegans is through food. There are so many wonderful and talented chefs creating mind-blowing vegan cuisine — the game has totally changed from a few years ago. The options for eating out have exploded, as we see unlikely meat-based chains even offering vegan options, and gone are the days of nibbling on a side salad, as plant-based food rightfully takes centre-stage in many restaurants. But, maybe you live somewhere with not so much choice, what happens then? Well, thanks to the range of brilliant cookbooks and videos available, anybody, no matter their location, can have a crack at a vegan showstopper. Recognising the need to make vegan food as appealing and appetising as possible, our cover stars, Ian Theasby and Henry Firth, created BOSH!, with the sole mission of bringing meat-free to the masses. We caught up with the innovators. Beauty is an another aspect of veganism that is growing rapidly, as cruelty-free, ethical and vegan products become more and more in demand. We rounded up some of our favourite items, brands and bloggers, as well as the ingredients you need to avoid. Finally, we had a really interesting debate this month, sparked by a feature written by Andrew Miles on the topic — is it easier for women to be vegan than men? Find out his, and our readers’, thoughts.

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