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I’ve had about enough of the false marketing that is the media messages about climate change and how it can be changed.From so called ‘beauty’ product companies with their shampoo bars or their ‘sustainably sourced’ essences, food companies offering vegan options, cleaning products that are ‘90% plant based’ and, my particular favourite
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Anthropomorphism

Wow, March is here, the sun is shining and the birds are singing! It really feels like Spring is here, hurray! Of course, with Spring comes the heartache for us vegans that is fields full of lambs and calves. TV programmes showing life on the farm with farmers insisting that they care about each and every one of their animals and not a ‘livestock’ haulier in sight. Well, I’m sorry but I believe all they care about is the money. Otherwise how can they load their animals onto these lorries, knowing that they are bound for a slaughterhouse? I am happy to report that I have a new addition to my ‘family’; another sheep named Rose. She cost me £90: a small price to pay to save her life but that’s apparently ‘what she’s worth’.  She is so different in character to Hope, it’s been a bit of a shock to both of us!! Hope is so laid back but Rose is very ‘in your face’ and needy. I think Hope is happy to have her around but at a distance, haha! Every day I see how much they trust me and how much they want to be with me. Yesterday, in the glorious sunshine I sat with both of them scratching them (and cuddling Hope because he is so scrumptious!) My snuggle time with them has got me thinking about anthropomorphism and, specifically its use as a derisory term, e.g  ‘stop anthropomorphising those sheep; they don’t feel abandoned/betrayed/afraid’. Don’t they? Really? I can tell you for certain that Hope and Rose enjoy my company. They bleat as soon as they hear me and its not cupboard love. Yes, they do enjoy their cabbage but its more than that. Hope follows me around and loves his scratches. Rose’s eyes half close when I give her a scratch, her head drops and she just seems to love it. So much …
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Happy Veganuary!

Ok, yes, it’s almost done but it has definitely been a happy one! In fact, it’s been a record breaking one with 500,000 sign ups! Also, here at VOS we have welcomed 50 new members! Welcome everyone and this blog is for you! I have been so happy to see the increase in number of vegan adverts on TV, during prime time viewing too!The supermarkets have jumped on board Veganuary, Oatly has brought out a brilliant advert titled ‘Help Dad’, the website builder Go Daddy is using a vegan pie shop as their example etc etc. It just feels so hopeful!Unfortunately, we are still unable to hold Outreach events in person but we must, somehow, take advantage of the current wave of change. Here at VOS we are considering different options such as admailing but there are things you can do too. Share truths on social media, next time you have a Zoom meeting with your friends or family suggest holding an eco quiz and come up with questions whose answers open their eyes.Sign up to email lists of vegan activism groups such as PETA and charities such as Animal Aid, VIVA!, One Kind, HSI and sign the petitions they send you. It only takes 2 minutes. They will send you actions that you can take like emails to your MP, already written; you just have to add your name. They make it so easy for you that there is no reason not to.Above all, share with  your friends, family and colleagues how fantastic you feel being vegan! When I first became vegan, 5 years ago, I became very angry at the world and, the more truths I uncovered, the angrier and more despairing I became. But then I realised that being like that turns people away. Just like they don’t want to look at pictures of animals suffering, they don’t want to be made to feel guilty and they …
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Hope…

Hope… Something beautiful happened in the last fortnight: my heart filled with Hope!Allow me to explain: Hope is a beautiful 2 month old lamb who has not had the best start in life and when he came to me he had many issues. So many in fact that the farmer ‘gifted’ him to me, believing he would not survive. He even offered to pay for the removal of his body when he did die! When the farmer’s wife delivered Hope and I said I would get the vet to look at him, her reply? “oh don’t bother, it’ll cost you a fortune”! These farmer’s love their animals do they?!Well, that was 9 days ago. Hope had weeping, half closed eyes, was very weak in his back end, with his left hind almost useless, had Orf around his mouth and was skin and bone. He had a ‘vacant’ air about him and he absolutely broke my heart.Within a day of nibbling around the garden, he had found some Echinacea and his eyes the following day were wide open and bright.The vet also came out that day and diagnosed past or current joint abscesses and possible joint damage, especially to his left stifle. He delivered a shot of vitamins and an antibiotic/anti inflammatory injection that would last 4 days with another one for me to give for a further 4 days.Well, Hope picked up. He was bright, inquisitive, came to me for scratches and cuddles and seemed more comfortable in his hind legs. On the 8th day, however, he went downhill, as the meds wore off so, having spoken again to the vet, off I went to collect 2 more syringes of anti inflammatory medication to be given 48hrs apart. Hope has filled a hole in my heart and there he will remain as long as I live. That was Friday and he is due his second jab this afternoon.He is …
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Vegan for the Wildlife

The trouble is, I worry about the wildlife I am leaving behind. These last couple of weeks I have been watching the second broods fledge; awkwardly flying short distances to be fed by attentive parents. I even spent an hour one evening keeping vigil over a fledgling Wagtail to see that it was being fed! Not that I could have done much if it wasn’t but I had to know! It’s been a stressful time watching over all these babies!
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Beauty or beast?

05 July 2020 We are all used to the advertising campaigns for so called beauty products that claim to reverse or slow the aging process or make our eyelashes look longer or plump up our skin or nourish our hair, etc,etc.  We are also all aware of the well known animal products that these creams and cosmetics contain such as Lanolin (from Sheeps’ wool) and Beeswax or honey. However, there are many other animal ingredients that aren’t so obvious and are certainly not shouted about in the adverts!There is one particular advert on TV right now that has a female ‘celebrity’ extolling the virtues of Hyaluronic Acid in some kind of ‘beauty’ product. So, I decided to delve deeper and find out where this ‘magic’ substance came from. Well, it is apparently found in our bodies, in all tissues and fluids but the Hyaluronic Acid used in cosmetics usually comes from Rooster combs. It can be made from bacteria in a lab but the chances are, the stuff that is in most popular cosmetic products has been extracted from Rooster combs, on an industrial scale. The ‘beauty’ industry in this country alone is worth £27 billion pounds and still profits from the suffering of animals. When did people, I have to say women in particular, become so obsessed with their appearance? I have never bought into the ‘beauty’ industry. In fact, I own one eyeliner which I have had for years and one lipstick; both from The Body Shop before they sold their soul to L’Oreal. Why do women feel the need to pump their skin full of collagen, a product derived from animal tissue, which is also an allergen, funny old thing!Why do they insist on using false eyelashes, many made from animal hair, which, in my opinion, look absolutely ludicrous!!It never ceases to amaze me how gullible people are when it comes to advertising and when you offer them the truth …
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