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Listen up vegans

Tony Galuidi on approaching advocacy differently

My name is Tony and I’m a vegan! There, I’ve said it. In fact, I’ve been a vegan for almost 35 years and there’s nothing I’d like more than a vegan world. Unfortunately, just like a Lamborghini and a country estate, I can’t have it.

So, what can I have? How about a world with no factory farms? Most people wouldn’t disagree with that. How about an end to trophy hunting? Now, just about everybody agrees with that one. And how about a world where ‘fewer’ animals are killed for food? Seems reasonable enough.

But therein lies the problem. Most vegans will consider my requests as a betrayal. They will say that no animals should die for our food choices. They will also say that terms such as ‘humane slaughter’ and ‘free range’ are misleading and that, at the end of the day, all animals will die horribly. And I agree with them. In the UK alone we send two and half million animals to the slaughterhouse every day and, whilst cows and sheep have a relatively good time of it on ‘England’s pleasant pastures’, the vast majority of pigs and chickens are crammed into sunless sheds that wouldn’t look out of place in some dark, Orwellian nightmare.

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About Vegan Life

Welcome to our April issue. This month we’ve spent a lot of time discussing advocacy at Vegan Life HQ. The internet has undeniably had a huge impact on spreading the vegan message and our cover star, Monami Frost, is one person who uses her platform for good. She tells us why vegans don’t have to compromise and shares her top tips for advocating online. We were lucky enough to talk to Rich Hardy, now head of campaigns at Veganuary, who has spent 20 years working undercover to expose animal cruelty — putting himself in risky and potentially dangerous situations to share the stories of so many voiceless animals. It was great to catch up with Bob from ETHCS to see how the departure of Tim Shieff has changed things for the vegan brand. They’re so passionate about making ethical and vegan clothing easy and accessible to buy, and also have some exciting plans coming up. Tony Galuidi has written a thought provoking piece on how to approach advocacy — it sparked a big office debate, so we rolled the question out to our readers — should we be more supportive of those cutting down meat, but not cutting it out? Read what was said. Have a great month,

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