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LAYING IT ON THE LINE

Educational chick hatching programmes are teaching children the wrong message

It’s September and that means the fleeting summer holidays are over and parents across the country are ironing shirts, packing PE kits and sewing name tags in jumpers ready for the next academic year. For those who are going to school for the first time or are starting a new school, it means a new school lunch menu.

As the number of children following a vegan diet increases, we are finding more and more parents asking how they can ensure that their school provides a vegan school lunch. It is really very simple. Veganism is a protected human right and therefore you are well within your rights to ask for your child’s needs to be catered for at their school, although you should allow ample time for the school to research and prepare for your child’s needs, especially if there are no other vegans at your school.

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About Vegan Life

No matter how old I get, September makes me want to visit a stationery shop to buy a new notebook, an Oxford mathematics tin and sharpen all of my pencils. I always loved school and September marks the beginning of another year of learning; there is nothing better, in my opinion, than a shiny pencil case full of new pens, highlighters and a bright, pristine rubber. It’s been years since I was at school but I still love learning and learn something new every day – especially as a vegan, where your eyes are opened to hard truths regularly. So, in this month’s issue, we are having a back to school special where we look into chick hatching programmes, animal-friendly entertainment for children and some incredible packed lunch ideas that will have the other parents begging you for the recipes. I am also excited to share a collection of interviews with vegan athletes who are committed to showing the world that you don’t need to consume animal products to be at the top of your game. To accompany our interviews, our talented in-house chef has created some delicious recipes to power you before or after exercising without compromising on taste. My particular favourite is the deliciously simple key lime pie power balls which are, frankly, awesome. After such incredible feedback following our adoption special last month, we are tackling another controversial topic and are exploring invasive species – non-native plants and animals which now call the UK their home – and the prejudice that some invasives are encountering for merely following their natural instincts. We also take an in depth look at the process and impacts of the leather industry. This article would be perfect to share with friends and family who may still think that leather is a by-product of the meat industry. Finally, we met with the beautiful Lucy Watson to discuss the launch of her book and what veganism means to her. She was honest, open and incredibly chatty - the perfect interviewee.