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The problem with animal sanctuaries

Safe havens? Caitlin Jenkins explores the regulation and foul play that affects some organisations

Independently run animal sanctuaries are often the unsung heroes of animal rights activism. They each fight their own battle for donations and funding, while also raising awareness of the big issues in animal welfare, and condemning society’s throwaway attitude towards companion animals. These sanctuaries also encompass some of the few organisations in the country who have the resources to rescue farm animals, such as battery hens and pigs, which would otherwise face an early death in slaughterhouses.

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About Vegan Life

Welcome to the March issue. It’s my favourite time of year, as the evenings get lighter and the first signs of spring emerge. It’s the perfect time of year to dust off the winter cobwebs and refocus on our goals. This year has already seen a lot of change for the vegan movement — Veganuary was a huge success, with 250,000 sign-ups, and hopefully a large proportion of those who took part will continue their vegan journeys. We have seen an unprecedented amount of vegan food launches, too — in supermarkets and restaurants — and it feels like change is really happening. But with all change there is controversy — we take a look into the issues and backlash surrounding some of these new launches. Mother’s Day is on the 31st of March, and what better way to celebrate the women who raised us than by treating them to a vegan high tea? We’ve rounded up the best and the recipes you need if you want to make your own. It’s important to remember those who don’t get to spend the day with loved ones, and this includes the millions of dairy cows cruelly separated from their parents. We take some time to reflect. We also had the pleasure of talking to the inspirational James Aspey this month. The activist and campaigner has some great advice for advocating. Enjoy the issue, Phillipa Smith