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The Lion King leads the way to more animal cruelty-free films

Back in summer, The Lion King remake hit cinemas around the globe, grossing more than $1 billion USD. The film features stars such as Seth Rogen, Beyonce Knowles, and Donald Glover, and was directed by renowned Jon Favreau.

Although the family flick featured animals like lions, giraffes, warthogs and hyenas, not a single real-life animal was exploited in the production of the film. A talented team of graphic designers and computer animators created the realistic creatures who succeed to melt the audience’s heart. The realistic results prove that animals do not need to be used and abused in film production, and this is something which Favreau is especially vocal about. The director said to Vanity Fair: “The fact that technology can make it look so photo-real, it becomes harder and harder to make a case that you need to put animals in danger when making movies.”

Animal rights organisation, PETA (peta.org) have congratulated Favreau and praised his decision to animate animals instead of use them. The charity have even named a rescued lion cub after him.

Aside from this, The Lion King triumphs in conveying messages of conservation to its viewers, many of whom are children, and thus future planet protectors. Favreau persists that the movie not only connects children with wild animals, but also the fight to protect them. He says: “We were able to pay tribute to a species that unfortunately, during the course of making this, we found out went extinct — the northern white rhino. Hopefully, having these images [that are] so realistic, [when] kids see it for the first time, they may develop a relationship and feel a sense of responsibility to help protect [these animals].” Let’s hope that The Lion King’s success, without using animals, causes other film industry leaders to follow by Favreau’s example.

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I count my lucky stars every day to do a job that I love. But, the best part of it- is being surrounded by likeminded people. Working at a vegan-run company, alongside passionate staff who care about animals and the environment, not only means I am constantly inspired, but also supported in my own ethics and principles. Sadly, for so many people, this isn’t the case. Many companies struggle to support, from not providing plant-based milk alternatives in an office or forcing vegan staff to wear animal products as part of their uniform. Fat Gay Vegan gives some great advice on negotiating being a vegan in a non-vegan workplace on p32 and we’ve rounded up some great vegan-friendly career ideas on p106. We also spoke to two entrepreneurs who have bit the bullet and set up their own vegan businesses — they give us their tips on p112. I was contacted a little while ago by the talented vegan photographer Jordan Hall, who was working on a project called What does it look like to be vegan? Jordan’s goal was to highlight the diversity and individuality within our community and hear some of the stories of fellow passionate vegans. We’re delighted to showcase her work on p34. Also, we have a brilliant interview with the inspiring Joey Carbstrong on p18, we chat to campaigner Nina Jackel, the powerhouse behind Lady Freethinker, on p28, and Maria Slough meets artist and ethical influencer Emily Lamb on p96. Enjoy the issue

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