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You don’t have to be an Animal Lover to be vegan

Laura Maria Grierson explains why rejecting animal products is not reserved for the sentimental

I was known as an “animal lover” as a child. My favourite films — Free Willy, Homeward Bound, Beethoven — were animal-centric, and when I watched Babe at age five I became a vegetarian, horrified that I could be responsible for that dark opening scene where the mother of the titular character is taken away to be slaughtered. The link between the dead animal in the slaughterhouse and the dead animal on my plate was easy to make, but the inherent cruelty of eggs and dairy didn’t come ’til my teens — when the perception of veganism was beginning to veer from the hippie to the absurd, when the Animal Liberation Front and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals were performing highly-publicised (and reviled) stunts to bring attention to animal rights and the media hit back.

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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,