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Confronting the truth

Amelia Russell, also known as @tofu_vegan, on how her work is introducing people to the truths that they would rather avoid

“I went vegan in early 2017 after being vegetarian for almost all my life due to being raised by vegetarian parents. I have always cared deeply for the animals and the environment and thought that by being vegetarian I was doing enough. But when one of my friends became vegan I began to look into it.

“For a while I kept it in the back of my mind, but later I remembered her mentioning someone called ‘Gary Yourofsky’ and decided to google him. I watched his “Best Speech Ever” on YouTube and suddenly I was plunged into the grim reality of what I was supporting when I bought animal products. I was so shocked and felt so guilty that I knew I could never support that industry ever again. From that point on I was vegan and very soon afterwards I went into activism.

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About Vegan Life

It’s finally June, the first month of summer, and that means it’s time to head outside. Remember to grab your cruelty-free, vegan sun cream on your way out, as well as your trusty copy of Vegan Life. We’ve got a great issue for you this month and I’m particularly excited about sharing our Animal Rights Special with you. We have guest articles from PETA, Viva!, Animal Equality and the Humane League. These organisations are talking about their successes, animal rights after Brexit and current campaigns to get behind. We have also had the pleasure of working with some fantastic writers this month including Megan Banks, who is reporting on her experience of 28 days as a plant based fitness mentor and our regular columnist, Maria Slough, who has written a inspiring piece about Dr Rebecca Ellen Jones, also known as the Vegan Doctor. This month we’re bringing you an interview with viral celebrity Macka B about his music, becoming a YouTube sensation and veganism. Macka has some great tips about spirituality and embracing your own style, as well as veganism. He told me: “To me, if you’re eating death then it’s going to be on you; you’re going to be thinking more negative thoughts.” Finally, we have an article about the environmental impacts of desertification around the world, which is a global threat to food security. It is an issue that I was aware of, but having researched and read the article in June’s issue, I am astonished by the magnitude of the problem. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations estimates that 25 per cent of all land globally is highly degraded. I’d love to hear your thoughts on desertification — please send us an email to let us know what you think. Enjoy the summer sun!