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It’s an animal SOS

Open your heart to an animal in need

Homelessness is not just a human problem. Non-human animals the world round are living on the streets, or in shelters, longing to be given the greatest git of all: a place to call home. It’s not new news that shopping for companion animals online, or through breeders, oten comes wrought with welfare and cruelty issues, and that it doesn’t help the ever-growing number of animals already in need of loving homes. Companion animal overpopulation has become so much of a problem that ‘no-kill’ policy shelters frequently have to turn away animals in need of their care and security — they just don’t have the space, staf or funds. Also, there is the sad reality of ‘open-admission’ shelters, who euthanise animals they cannot rehome ater an amount of time, so that they might continue to help others. It’s not just cats and dogs though — sheep, hedgehogs, horses, fish, mice, rabbits, donkeys and exotic animals also need our support through adoption or sponsorship programmes. Over the next few pages, we take a look at the many benefits of ‘adopt don’t shop’, what animal fostering and sponsorship involves, and the organisations you can turn to.

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About Vegan Life

Welcome to our August issue — time is really flying this year. I recently watched the BBC series Years and Years, a dystopian drama following the lives of a middle class family, set in the not so distant future. Though the script has come from the imaginations of its talented writers, it’s terrifyingly believable. Floods, disease, famine, displacement, recession, homelessness, the re-election of Trump, the supremacy of technology and nuclear war are all part of daily life. As things go from bad to worse, the grandmother and matriarch of the family delivers a powerful speech, telling her grandchildren: “It’s all your fault… Dear God, what a carnival. This is the world we built. Congratulations, cheers all.” And this struck a real chord with me. Programmes like this, even though fictional, serve as a reminder that we aren’t doing enough and that we need to continue spreading our vegan message far and wide if we want to tackle the huge problems that could be headed our way. The task in hand can seem overwhelming, but there are so many people helping to make the world a better place. This issue, we meet Derek Sarno who is bringing veganism to the masses through his collaboration with Tesco, we talk to Friends of The Earth about the importance of increasing the amount of trees in the UK, Maria Slough interviews Oggs founder, Hannah Carter, who is working tirelessly to put the egg industry into decline and Samantha Fung discusses her powerful artivism. Let’s keep heading in the right direction.

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