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Make your gifts Meaningful

Find yourself playing pass the parcel each year? Get of the merry-go-round of mindless re-gifting and give a compassionate present this Christmas

It’s hard not to get caught up in the commercial side of Christmas — gifts go on sale in October and it feels like the pressure is on as soon as the first leaves start to fall. But how much of what we give truly means something? For every well thought out, lovingly handmade gift, there is a rushed, re-gifted, plastic-coated present that gets passed around. So, this year why not do things a little differently? There are a wealth of charities out there who are desperate for essential funding to continue the great work they do for our animals and planet. We shine a light on some, so you can give a gift that really gives back this year.

Brooke is a UK-based international animal welfare charity dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules around the world. Over 100 million of these animals currently work around the world in punishing environments. From the searing heat of brick kilns and coal mines in Pakistan, to the icy and treacherous mountains of Nepal, Brooke works with owners, communities and local governments to bring about long lasting improvements to the lives of working animals and the families who depend on them. This Christmas, supporters can help Brooke to reach even more working equines, by purchasing a virtual gift. Through these gifts, supporters can sponsor the building of a water trough within a community, pay for an expert vet to mentor a local animal healthcare provider, or even provide a farrier with all they need to make sure all of the animals within a community can walk in comfort. Every penny from virtual gifts goes to support Brooke’s work overseas, helping working animals where and how they need it most. You can also purchase Brooke’s Christmas cards, which come in packs of 10 and cost £4.25 per pack. For more information visit thebrookeshop.org

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About Vegan Life

Welcome to our December issue. Christmas is a time of year that is steeped in tradition, and whilst there is comfort and enjoyment in the familiar ceremonies, I think it’s time for some things to change. For vegans, Christmas can be a source of upset and stress, as we spend time with friends and families who don’t share our beliefs. In the lead up to Christmas around 10 million birds are killed — that’s almost equivalent to the population of Portugal. So to keep the peace, and cruelty off our plates, we’ve put together some timeless festive recipes that will satisfy everyone. There won’t be any complaints or grumbles about missing out, especially not with our vegan cheeseboard ideas. Research has shown that, in the UK alone, over £5 billion will be wasted on unwanted Christmas presents. It’s a shocking statistic and I, for one, am vowing to only buy considerate items this year, to try and put an end to the cycle of gifting and re-gifting. We’ve put together a guide of things we think fellow vegans will really like to receive and also some charities you can make a donation to — why not sponsor an animal in a family or friend’s name? Lily Woods has written a thoughtful piece about why companion animals are so often given as presents at this time of year — The Dogs Trust revealed that they receive a call every five minutes in the weeks following Christmas from people wanting to give up their dogs. If anyone you know is considering an animal as a gift, make sure they read this first. Finally, I'm so excited to announce that we won Best Vegan Magazine at the VegFest UK Awards 2018! Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us, we're so grateful for your support. From all of us at Vegan Life, we wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas. See you next year

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