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THE MANE ISSUE

The upsetting truths of the horse racing industry

Bridles, bitless bridles, bits, sidepulls, crops, rope halters and single-joined snaffle bits. The amount of equipment that humans need to control horses is astounding. Control is the key word here. Horses have been controlled for humans for centuries as a mode of transport, as entertainment and, increasingly, for their meat.

Horses are no longer needed for transport, although people continue to ride them. Horses are no longer needed for meat, with plant based diets becoming more accessible and affordable, and horses are certainly no longer needed for entertainment, in fact, they never were. However, the horrible truth is that money lurks at the core of most animal exploitation and, unfortunately, it is no different for horses.

Buying, trading, training and breeding horses can be big money. According to Time.com, Tapit, a stallion prized for his thoroughbred status, is priced at $300,000 per breeding session and Tapit is now worth around $120 million. Should an animal’s ‘worth’ be judged as a commodity? Judged by how much money they can make for us? Judged by how useful that animal is to us? Of course not! It is not for humans to judge the worth of an animal. Ironically, for all that ‘worth’, people do not judge these animals as worthy of freedom.

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On New Year’s Day we posted a graphic on our social media pages that read ‘Welcome to 2018, the Year of the Vegan’ and, without being too smug, so far we think that our prediction has been spot on the money. It seems that every single day we are hearing news of vegan products that are being created to cater for the ever increasing number of people shunning cruelty towards nonhuman animals. The number of people who are waking up to the benefits of following a vegan lifestyle seems to be snowballing in 2018, more quickly than in any other year thus far, and I truly believe that this year will be the Year of the Vegan. Just flicking through this month's news section is proof that mainstream media, restaurants and shops are jumping on the vegan bandwagon. There are people who say that these companies are just trying to make a quick buck by tapping into this newly emerging market, and I think that there is some truth to that. However, if it means that more companies are avoiding animal products and therefore there is less animal exploitation in the world, and more plant based innovation, then I can only see this as a good thing. Anyway, what’s in this month’s Vegan Life? We were lucky enough to interview the mesmerising Monami Frost. Monami may not appear to be your cup of tea at first, but I urge you to read her interview. She has a unique outlook on life, especially on focusing on the now, which I think we can all learn from. Alongside this we have; a fascinating article from Fat Gay Vegan on creating your own vegan blog to spread the compassionate message far and wide; a feature exploring the war on single use wet wipes and the negative impact that they are having on the environment; and a travel piece on eating vegan in Copenhagen. I hope that you enjoy the issue and I’d love to hear your feedback, so please do get in touch!