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“THE WORLD IS STARTING TO WAKE UP TO LIVING LIFE WITH MORE COMPASSION”

Maria Slough reflects on the past year by revisiting some old friends

Vegan Activist

2018. The year that over 168,000 people signed up for Veganuary, and Viva! billboards could be seen on the M5 and M25 advertising the cruelty behind the dairy industry. The year that saw giants of trade, Unilever, partnering with The Humane League to back a worldwide ban on animal testing, and high street supermarkets expanding their vegan ranges due to an ever-increasing demand — this year, it has felt that the world is starting to wake up to living life with more compassion. So, as we prepare to say hello to 2019, I wanted to share a few updates on some of the people that you have met on these pages throughout the year.

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About Vegan Life

Welcome to our December issue. Christmas is a time of year that is steeped in tradition, and whilst there is comfort and enjoyment in the familiar ceremonies, I think it’s time for some things to change. For vegans, Christmas can be a source of upset and stress, as we spend time with friends and families who don’t share our beliefs. In the lead up to Christmas around 10 million birds are killed — that’s almost equivalent to the population of Portugal. So to keep the peace, and cruelty off our plates, we’ve put together some timeless festive recipes that will satisfy everyone. There won’t be any complaints or grumbles about missing out, especially not with our vegan cheeseboard ideas. Research has shown that, in the UK alone, over £5 billion will be wasted on unwanted Christmas presents. It’s a shocking statistic and I, for one, am vowing to only buy considerate items this year, to try and put an end to the cycle of gifting and re-gifting. We’ve put together a guide of things we think fellow vegans will really like to receive and also some charities you can make a donation to — why not sponsor an animal in a family or friend’s name? Lily Woods has written a thoughtful piece about why companion animals are so often given as presents at this time of year — The Dogs Trust revealed that they receive a call every five minutes in the weeks following Christmas from people wanting to give up their dogs. If anyone you know is considering an animal as a gift, make sure they read this first. Finally, I'm so excited to announce that we won Best Vegan Magazine at the VegFest UK Awards 2018! Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us, we're so grateful for your support. From all of us at Vegan Life, we wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas. See you next year

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