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To zoo, or Not to zoo?

Charlotte Meyer Zu Natrup on the issues of taking children to the zoo

I was surprised last week by my daughter’s first selection of books she wished to borrow from the local book bus. I selected an unlikely book for her that was about a cow who had a surprise birthday party which I hoped to translate and read to her in English. She chose a book on the refugee crisis, a book on cat and kitten care, and a Sesame Street recipe book.

Although I explained what the books were about, suggesting that some of the topics might be a bit tricky for her, Jess was keen to borrow all of them. The Sesame Street recipe book tempted with its pictures of rock buns, Cookie Monster cupcakes and share breads and kept both children busy pointing at the images for hours. I have no idea why she wanted the book on the refugee crisis, although she may have been attracted by the image of a boat on the front cover. The book on cat and kitten care which taught the reader where to leave litter trays and food, got me thinking.

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About Vegan Life

I’m so excited to be writing my first editor’s letter and that we are finally, undeniably, amidst the summer season! Speaking of sunshine – this issue we’re taking a trip across the globe to the, what-should-be, luscious rainforests of Indonesia, to examine the devastating effects the palm oil business has wreaked on this stunning, natural area. We also explore how sustainable growing solutions can save the habitat of our characterful, fluffy friends, orangutans, from the relentless palm industry (see page 66). Also in this issue, we are introducing you to the lovely Lucie Shorthouse, a West End star and vegan advocate. She discussed her choice to transition to veganism, the health benefits she found from a plant based diet, and her role in the innovative new play ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ (page 16). With so many vegans making waves in the creative industry, our Art Special celebrates the brave names that paint the true picture of animal cruelty, and cleverly portray the need for veganism through their work – get inspired on page 90. Finally, the summer evokes the need to create fun, easy and time-filling activities for kids, but are our most popular pastimes educating children into insensitive mind-sets? Charlotte Meyer Zu Natrup gives her view on the ‘To zoo, or not to zoo?’ debate on page 76. Enjoy the issue and make sure to share your opinions with us via email, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. P.S. Don’t miss our hilarious article from Jake Yapp, who puts a cheeky twist on chickpeas on page 114.

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