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Are vegan films helping people make positive changes or are they putting people off? Lily Woods investigates


In the past decade, pro-vegan documentaries have taken on a life of their own. Whether they focus on the health benefits of a plant-based diet or the rights denied to animals, there is something to catch everyone’s attention.

With the population of UK vegans estimated to have soared from 540,000 to over 3.5 million in just two years, the interest in vegan films has naturally skyrocketed. After all, who would have ever thought that Netflix would have its very own category dedicated to veganism and animal rights? We have come on leaps and bounds in the past three or four years, with a large number of animal rights and vegan-centric documentaries now available on several popular streaming websites. As these movies and their messages move closer to the forefront of mainstream channels, it inevitably prompts the question: are they helping people turn vegan or putting them off?

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Over the past few years we’ve really seen veganism grow — there are more and more options for us to eat in our restaurants and shops, and vegan foods are rightly taking their share of the supermarket aisles. With the huge rise of meat-replacement products it’s never been easier to create exciting and tasty meals. With celebrity chefs like Gaz Oakley and restaurateur Loui Blake bringing veganism to new audiences with their innovative food, eating vegan is becoming a real choice for both vegans and non-vegans. It’s not only our eating habits and choices that are changing and expanding — our options when it comes to clothes and accessories are only getting broader. In this month’s fashion special Fat Gay Vegan looks at how far we’ve come, Jackie Lutz offers advice on building a cruelty-free closet, and we make shopping for your autumn wardrobe easier than ever with our pick of the best vegan products. Despite these positive changes, there’s still a lot to fight for. Melanie James investigates the cruelty behind cosmetic animal testing and we meet vegan photographer Amanda Clark who is telling the stories of beautiful farm animals, who are often cruelly overlooked. We’re really excited to share our inspiring Eco Living supplement with you this month, too. It's packed with ideas and information on some of the most pressing problems facing our planet. From how to live waste-free to the truth about fracking, we hope you’ll feel inspired to make some positive changes. See you next month

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