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ZOO:AN EXCELLENT PLACE TO STUDY THE HABITS OF HUMAN BEINGS

Zoos are animal prisons, except the inmates are all innocent and none of them have been offered a fair trial

Visiting zoos is an international pastime. There are very few people who haven’t ever been to a zoo and I have spoken to a considerable number of vegans who said that they loved going to zoos before they transitioned towards veganism. Remembering the first time you saw an elephant or that you pressed your nose up to the glass of the gorilla enclosure will be a vivid memory for many and looking at a zoo through the eyes of a child it is understandable why they are so beloved. The biggest, fiercest, rarest and most colourful animals on earth come together all in one place, with a gift shop and an ice cream truck to boot.

However, as adults, we need to examine zoos with a more discerning eye because what looks like a place for education and conservation on the surface is actually somewhere animals are kept in artificial environments for the entertainment and pleasure of humans.

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I’m so excited to be writing my first editor’s letter and that we are finally, undeniably, amidst the summer season! Speaking of sunshine – this issue we’re taking a trip across the globe to the, what-should-be, luscious rainforests of Indonesia, to examine the devastating effects the palm oil business has wreaked on this stunning, natural area. We also explore how sustainable growing solutions can save the habitat of our characterful, fluffy friends, orangutans, from the relentless palm industry (see page 66). Also in this issue, we are introducing you to the lovely Lucie Shorthouse, a West End star and vegan advocate. She discussed her choice to transition to veganism, the health benefits she found from a plant based diet, and her role in the innovative new play ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ (page 16). With so many vegans making waves in the creative industry, our Art Special celebrates the brave names that paint the true picture of animal cruelty, and cleverly portray the need for veganism through their work – get inspired on page 90. Finally, the summer evokes the need to create fun, easy and time-filling activities for kids, but are our most popular pastimes educating children into insensitive mind-sets? Charlotte Meyer Zu Natrup gives her view on the ‘To zoo, or not to zoo?’ debate on page 76. Enjoy the issue and make sure to share your opinions with us via email, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. P.S. Don’t miss our hilarious article from Jake Yapp, who puts a cheeky twist on chickpeas on page 114.

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