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Photo by Kat Jayne from Pexels I have not written a blog for some time and this one I wish to dedicate to my Mum who passed away 2 weeks ago. Mum was my number 1 fan and supported everything I did. We lived at opposite ends of Britain so I only saw her once or twice a year but we messaged most days and spoke every week, at least once. Despite neither being vegan or vegetarian, both Mum and my stepfather embraced veganism when I stayed with them as I insisted on cooking! Mum always found it amusing that they both went vegan for the duration of my visit. So, she is now gone and I am lost. Now, however I find myself floundering and wondering if prioritising my animalsโ€™ needs at the expense of my own is just too lonely a path to take. Should I instead move south and spend more time with what family I have left? I felt so alone when I came back home which may seem strange as I was alone anyway but Mum was always there on the end of a phone or responding to my messages and I could picture her in her kitchen or elsewhere in the house. There’s no doubt that the path I hare chosen is a lonely oneโ€ฆ or is it? What if I practice what I preach and stop differentiating between our different species? If I see all my family as just that; not as humans, sheep, horses, dogs and a hamster but all as family then I realise l am not alone up here. Yes, all my human family are down south but the rest of my family are with me here. 28 Aug 2021 Yes I would like to be able to pop into my sister’s or stepdad’s for a cup of tea but I can pop out and have a cup of tea whilst giving โ€ฆ
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Just a Little More

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 ยฃ90: 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 โ€ฆ
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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 withย 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 titledย ‘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 withย  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 โ€ฆ
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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 โ€ฆ
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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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