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Puppy Doris hand-reared after being dumped before storm

Tiny bundle of fur Doris was being bottle-fed by staff at RSPCA Millbrook in Surrey every three hours after she was found by communal bins in February during Storm Doris. Now RSPCA inspectors are investigating how she came to be by the bins and have appealed for anyone with information to come forward. RSPCA inspector Liz Wheeler said: “It is incredible to think someone would dump a dog — but to do it to a poor defenceless puppy who is so vulnerable is just awful — heartless. It’s lucky she was found before Storm Doris rolled in, otherwise who knows what would have happened to her. This puppy is so young we’re not even sure what breed she is. Luckily the lady that found her took her into the warm, fed her some puppy milk and looked after her until we came to collect her. I dread to think what would’ve happened to her otherwise.” Deputy manager at RSPCA Millbrook, Liz Wood, who is looking after Doris added: “Poor Doris was so tiny she needed a lot of help from us being fed. She was far, far too young to be away from her mother so it is really lucky she was found. We are doing everything we can for her and she is getting stronger every day and we are hoping she continues to do so.”

‘Odd-looking tuber’ is surprise bestselling veg

A knobbly looking tuber – native to the Andes – has shot up the sales chart at one mail order horticultural firm. Thompson & Morgan has reported surprise sales of oca – a root veggie that looks a little like an artichoke. The tubers have a tangy lemon taste which becomes nuttier when cooked. “We think that people are buying oca in response to more information being available about it,” said Paul Hansord, T&M’s commercial director. “Oca is easy-to-grow and nutritious and, thanks to some good press recently, it seems to be increasingly appealing to health-conscious gardeners and foodies alike.” Oca – aka New Zealand yam (it is grown commercially in New Zealand, hence its alternative moniker) – is cultivated extensively in the Andes where it is second only to the potato in terms of the most widely-grown root vegetable. Trials have shown that the perennial oca plant performed well in the UK climate and did not suffer from blight or any noticeable pests. Oca is known to tolerate poor soils and different climatic conditions, which makes it ideal for any British kitchen garden.

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Becoming vegan is the best decision I ever made. Once I’d learnt about animal agriculture, it was the only choice. But despite all the benefits of being vegan, it can sometimes feel a little isolating. You may find yourself surrounded by close friends and family – people you admire and love – who sadly don’t share your values. If you’re in this situation, it can be useful to look beyond your social circle, and find vegans who inspire you. For as long as I can remember, along with so many other vegans, I have been inspired by music legend Moby. The photographer, writer, songwriter, and animal activist is a hugely inspiring character, who has done so much for veganism. Sitting down to chat with him was an absolute honour, and I’m happy to share the interview with you in this issue. Unsurprisingly, he had a lot to say – I’m sure you will find his words as fascinating as I did. He’s not the only vegan I have huge admiration for. I am really excited to feature a long profile piece with Aph Ko. As a writer, academic, film producer and founder of Black Vegans Rock, Aph is surely one of the most interesting activists and thinkers on the planet right now. Find out more about her work inside. Vegan Life readers are scattered throughout the UK – and abroad – which is why we visit areas and restaurants all over the country. We have recently visited Edinburgh, Brighton, and Sheffield. This time however, we decided we would take a trip to the nation’s capital, and focus on one specific area. Hackney is home to both a number of established and newcomer eateries. Within this London borough, you can find lots of delicious, innovative, and vegan foods to eat, and you can find out all about them inside.