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Telling children the truth about meat by Charlotte Meyer Zu Natrup

A parent’s tale

It finally happened. A moment that I have anticipated and thought about for years. Since before my children were conceived. Since before I knew that I would be trying for children. Since I finally gave up trying to delude myself that it was ‘OK’ to eat some animals but not others. When I gave into the feelings that I had been kidding myself about for years. The feelings about how wrong it is to ship sentient beings off to slaughterhouses just because we crave a burger or hanker after a chicken curry.

I have wondered for a very long time how I would respond to a child if they asked me where their dinner came from.

Jess, Florian and I are in the supermarket doing our weekly shop. Jess has recently achieved a new height of responsibility and now pushes her own toddler-sized trolley around with us as we shop. I am torn between wildly celebrating and throwing my hands up in horror at these trolleys. On the one hand they can keep a toddler engaged as we traverse the long aisles to the checkout. On the other, it is rather like handing a small weapon to a monkey and saying: “Here, let’s see what you do with that.”

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Every morning I sit down at my desk with an almond milk Earl Grey (in my red starry mug) and read emails, press releases and the latest news. It continues to amaze me that so much of what I read in the mainstream media is relevant to veganism. Negative articles about vegans and veganism seem to be diminishing to be replaced with pieces highlighting the benefits to the environment, animal welfare and our health. The number of businesses embracing compassion and removing animal products from their products, as well as making sure they are cruelty-free, is astounding. With this in mind, we have brought you a business feature which I am really excited about. We have spoken to Stephanie Redcross who founded a vegan marketing, consulting and coaching company to advise entrepreneurs and professionals about how to run their businesses without compromising their core values. There has been an explosion of small vegan enterprises over the last few years and there are still so many gaps in the market — if you have an idea for a vegan product or service which you want to make a reality, this feature is perfect for you. We have also noticed that the number of people taking part in animal tourism has increased recently. You may have seen pictures of people visiting swimming pigs in the Bahamas and with the clear sparkling water and cloudless blue skies you would be forgiven for thinking that this looked like paradise. Unfortunately, these pigs do not live the life of luxury that you may expect and it is so sad, though not surprising, that in 2017 tourism still exploits animals for commercial gain. Finally, we have some incredible recipes for you in this issue including a personal favourite, scones with cream and jam, and a whole host of fun Halloween recipes which you can make with your kids or, if you’re a big kid like me, for yourself! Have a happy Halloween and make sure you stock up on some vegan sweets for those trick or treaters!