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THE black sheep OF THE FAMILY

In a family of meat-eaters, being vegan can sometimes feel like you’re a stranger in your own herd

Until the day I moved out of my parents’ house, there had never been a time in my life that we didn’t have at least one family pet. We’ve always had dogs, and over the years we’ve welcomed a variety of other species through our front door, from rabbits to horses, and even a goldfish named Boris.

Being fortunate enough to be surrounded by pets throughout my childhood meant that I grew up referring to my family as a clan of devoted animal lovers. Animals were a way of life; we meticulously planned our family holidays around them, and for years my weekends were dedicated to cleaning stables, come rain, wind or shine. However, despite the way our lives seemed to revolve around our furry companions, there were some animals that were treated a bit differently to those we kept as pets. It was a divide that, up until the age of 21, I had always accepted as normal — we love animals, but sometimes we eat them too.

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the amount of time we spend glued to our phones — social media is always at our fingertips, and whether you love it or loathe it, you can’t deny its potency. A quick search for #vegan on Instagram yields over 62 million posts, with #veganfood producing a cool 11 million results. Both are huge figures, and with vegan celebrities (with enormous followings) advocating a vegan way of living, it begs the question — is social media veganism’s big shot at becoming mainstream? You may have spotted our cover star, Earthling Ed, on your own newsfeeds — he’s making huge waves spreading the vegan message. Ed attributes a lot of his success to social media channels, such as YouTube and Facebook, which have given him, and veganism, a platform that has never been accessible before. Find out more in our exclusive interview on page 16. Without social media we wouldn’t be able to engage so quickly in debates, such as this month’s on the ethics of working dogs — we had a huge response across all our social platforms and we always love to hear what you think. Turn to page 38 to see your views. Another thing you’ll no doubt have seen on your timelines of late is wedding pics — we are truly in the midst of the season. We caught up with Michelle Dadachanji, who put together her dream vegan wedding, on page 54 and we’ve got some fab wedding themed recipes for you to try out, too. Enjoy the issue and the sunshine.