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Recently, I blogged about the fact that the UK now has its very first regular vegan publication that’s available in all major supermarkets. I’m happy to say that Vegan Life Magazine has now landed and I’ve been able to look through the first issue! This month, it came together with its sister publication OmYoga, although it will be sold separately in the future.
The issue had lots of interesting features, but what really struck a chord with me was the article about vegan art. I’m not going to go into detail here, because I think you should read it for yourself, but I felt that this was a very different angle on animal rights issues. Usually, we’re presented with lots of great vegan food combined with horrifying footage of animal cruelty. While I’m not saying that this is wrong, I think that art often speaks to people on a very different level and provokes thought in a way that hard facts and tantalising food images just can’t, no matter how well presented they might be.
I’ll be the first to say that I’m absolutely no expert on art in any way. I was awful at it in school and I’m not overly excited about it today. However, sometime I look at a piece of art and feel that it really speaks to me. Oftentimes, the thought processes it starts aren’t something I’d be able to put into words, and they’re not usually rational, but much rather result in impressions and feelings that stay with me for a long time. It was no different with the art featured in the magazine. It made a huge impression on me and I think that vegan art has the potential to play a huge role in helping people understand why veganism is indeed the kindest choice.
Have you had any experiences with vegan art? I’d love to hear what you thought!