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BE THE SOLUTION, NOT THE PROBLEM

The importance of spay and neutering by K-9 Angels co-founder Victoria Eisermann

Hamlet’s most famous soliloquy starts with: “To be or not to be? That is the question.” Even most who have never read Shakespeare would be able to recite this quotation. What Hamlet is really contemplating is whether it is better to live or better to die.

Perhaps if the famous playwright William Shakespeare had been a veterinarian as well as a playwright then perhaps the famous opening line would have been: “To spay or not to spay? Is that even a question?” My meaning being that perhaps it is better not to have been born at all than have been born in to a potentially short life of misery and suffering.

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December is a tough act to follow and I do feel a little sorry for January, which seems to have the reputation as the dullest, coldest and most bleak month of the year; if the months of the year were being picked to play netball, January would probably be picked last… Traditionally, January is the month when people decide it’s time for a change and put their house on the market, change their job, dye their hair green or make ambitious New Year’s resolutions. Every January of my adult life I have tried, in vain, to change a habit or routine, like ridding myself of my unhealthy tea addiction or seeing friends more often. This year, with the help of a couple of articles in this issue, I have decided that this January I am not going to change a single thing — my motto this January is going to be ‘new year, same me’. We have some wonderful articles to help boost your mood, and your confidence, this January. Surrounded with pressure to lose weight and go on a health kick to get into shape for summer we have focused on body positivity in this issue. We have spoken to vegan body positive warrior Mica Day and argue that exercise should be a tool for enhancing mental health and wellbeing as much as physical health. To tie in with our special feature, Fat Gay Vegan has also written a fantastic piece on body shaming in the vegan sphere, which I enjoyed immensely. January is also a great month for reflecting on how far we have come as a community. More people than ever are coming to the realisation that the way that we are treating most animals is wrong and I have a tingling, excited feeling about what the coming year has in store for us. 2018 is going to be the year of the vegans. I hope that you enjoy the issue and, remember to buy your Vegan Life Live tickets for next month!