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“We can each make improvements to become better activists, as well as kinder people”

We chat to Kate Louise Powell the vegan campaigner, artist, and social media influencer using her presence to spread awareness and save animals

Kate Louise Powell is a woman on a mission — striving for improvement of the planet and herself. With a loyal Instagram following and a keen interest in activism, artivism and hunt sabbing, the inspirational illustrator is spreading awareness of animal and environmental issues in as many ways as she can. We catch up with her to find out more about why it’s important to work on ourselves, as well as in improving the planet.

Tell us about your vegan journey.

I’m sure this is a universal vegan feeling, but the longer I’m vegan, the more surreal it seems that I once didn’t live this way. I’ve been vegan for around four and a half years now, and I’ve been an activist for three of those — starting in 2016 with protests and marches, and, now, engaging with direct action as much as my mental and physical health will allow. What surprises me most is how even though veganism itself feels like second nature, I’m always figuring out how my activism techniques can improve, and learning how to apply ethical vegan principles to other areas of my life. This changes how I conduct and improve myself. I’m a big fan of being self-critical, and we shouldn’t be afraid to accept when our past approaches or views have been wrong. I admit that when I first went vegan, the red mist descended — I directed my anger at meat-eaters on Twitter, I found solace in winning arguments in a sarcastic and condescending way, I shared lots of gore without warnings and I fought with my non-vegan friends and family. Today, I have just as much passion as I did then, but I feel like I can channel it in more helpful and productive directions.

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About Vegan Life

Welcome to our jam-packed July issue. It’s always around this time of year that our staff get a bit thin on the ground, as we all head off on our summer holidays. We’ve had team members head to Ibiza, Madrid and Bali, armed with lists and recommendations, all seeking sun, sea and delicious vegan food. So to make sure you have your best summer yet, we’ve rounded up our top holiday suggestions (p42), got your sun care (p44) and snacks covered (p48) and Will Rankin has some brilliant travel hacks guaranteed to make your trip runs smoothly (p50). Closer to home, we have taken an in-depth look at the state of British wildlife (p106). I can remember, as a girl, walking through woods and seeing a huge array of animals — moles poking their heads out of mounds, timid rabbits darting back to their burrows and ponds lined with frogs. A walk through the countryside, sadly, can feel very different now — our wildlife is in serious and rapid decline with 11 per cent of our woodland species threatened with extinction. We uncover the issues affecting British nature and talk with those trying to save it. I’m also really excited to introduce our hilarious new columnist Claire Thrift (p58), who tells us about how her family are winning this BBQ season. Have a great month

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