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We spoke artist to Lisa Skelly on how her activism travels through the medium of clothing

My passion for animal rights began when I discovered cosmetic animal testing — I had been living in a little bubble up until that point. Discovering that humans can inflict that kind of suffering on an animal shocked me, and I couldn’t understand why it was allowed. I immediately started researching cruelty-free alternatives. Through this research, I stumbled across other awful truths about the meat industry that led me to become a vegetarian.

I was never much of a cook and I didn’t eat very well. I had some stomach issues that were bringing me down and making me uncomfortable. I had had them for years and was always on medication to mask the symptoms. In 2015, as a vegetarian who hadn’t yet discovered the issues within the dairy and egg industries, I decided to take my health in to my own hands and I swapped my vegetarian diet for an entirely plant-based one. Within three months of eating beans, veggies, nuts, seeds, grains and the most colourful, flavoursome dishes I’d ever had, I was able to come off of the medication I had been on for five years — I felt amazing! It was only after I became a vegan, that I researched the dairy and egg industries and found out how terrible they are. This led to me desperately wanting to share what I had learnt with as many people as possible.

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About Vegan Life

Welcome to our jam-packed February issue. We’ve been feeling the love here at Vegan Life HQ and, instead of resisting, we’re embracing that warm and fuzzy feeling. We’ve rounded up some of the best places to take a date this Valentine’s Day, the ultimate vegan-friendly gifts, and the most delicious meals to prepare for your significant other. It is tradition to send anonymous cards to people you like, but why not switch things up and use those few pounds to show your love for the animals by making a donation to a sanctuary instead? I had a wonderful love story delivered to my inbox this month — the tale of how a scrappy little sheep escaped slaughter, and the love of a group of school children led him to safety and finding his forever home. Find out all about Reg. I’m sure I’ve seen in a film someone plaster their declaration of love on a billboard — a grand gesture sure to gain some serious attention. This month, we’ve been looking at the world of pro-vegan advertising and why it causes so much controversy. The backbone of veganism is love and compassion, so why do some companies refuse to do business with vegan advertisers?. We’re getting really excited about Vegan Life Live coming up on March 9th-10th and can’t wait to see you all there. What better place to share the love than a venue of like-minded people enjoying great conversation and sensational food? Make sure you check out our preview. Have a great month,