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Take Action?

Emma Dooney looks into direct action as a form of advocacy

‘MEAT IS MURDER’, they bark in unison. It’s a typical Friday evening and Harry is lumbering through the glacial aisles of the meat department. The newspaper advertisement promised an unbeatable deal on the store brand bacon — two packets of five streaky strips for the price of one. It did not, however, promise a band of fervent protestors hurling metrical chants and provocative signs into the air. Harry lingers awkwardly. He would leave, but there’s a bearded man inconveniently blocking the shelf with the cheap bacon.

The protest persists, seesawing between catchy soundbites and hoarse monologues. At the point where one of the activists begins to detail something about gassing, Harry snaps.

“Why don’t ye all just get a job,” he mutters, snatching two packets before escaping to the non-confrontational face of the self-checkout register. The shrill of the protestors thaws and is replaced by the sterile voice of the machine. He swiftly plants his basket down, stabs the screen with his finger and swipes each product through. Once he has paid, he instinctively reaches for the cereal to bag. He pauses, noticing the marsh of filmy meat products spilling over the edge of the bay, and grabs the bacon instead. “Best this goes in first.”

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I count my lucky stars every day to do a job that I love. But, the best part of it- is being surrounded by likeminded people. Working at a vegan-run company, alongside passionate staff who care about animals and the environment, not only means I am constantly inspired, but also supported in my own ethics and principles. Sadly, for so many people, this isn’t the case. Many companies struggle to support, from not providing plant-based milk alternatives in an office or forcing vegan staff to wear animal products as part of their uniform. Fat Gay Vegan gives some great advice on negotiating being a vegan in a non-vegan workplace on p32 and we’ve rounded up some great vegan-friendly career ideas on p106. We also spoke to two entrepreneurs who have bit the bullet and set up their own vegan businesses — they give us their tips on p112. I was contacted a little while ago by the talented vegan photographer Jordan Hall, who was working on a project called What does it look like to be vegan? Jordan’s goal was to highlight the diversity and individuality within our community and hear some of the stories of fellow passionate vegans. We’re delighted to showcase her work on p34. Also, we have a brilliant interview with the inspiring Joey Carbstrong on p18, we chat to campaigner Nina Jackel, the powerhouse behind Lady Freethinker, on p28, and Maria Slough meets artist and ethical influencer Emily Lamb on p96. Enjoy the issue

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