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The Change That is Coming | Speech at The 10,000 Vegans Official Animal Rights March 2018 in London
By Earthling Ed

Be inspired by Earthling Ed’s moving talk of the change that is coming. Justice, Compassion, Equality.

Below, change is bringing Vegan food to London Pubs.

10,000 VEGANS TAKE OVER STREETS | 2018 LONDON MARCH

Publisher’s note:  The change continues with Vegan food choices!

Just before this current magazine issue was released, Sutton & Sons opened the first vegan-only fish and chip shop in Hackney, London. Daniel Sutton began serving his vegan alternatives across all three branches of his shops in January and made the decision to open a stand-alone store in light of rising demands from his customers. “We’ve been completely gobsmacked by the popularity of our vegan menu,” he said.

And recently, Hungry Horse Pubs announced that they have launched a range of vegan foods in 280 of its pubs across the UK!

The vegan range, which is available now, features seven plant-based dishes, including pub classic fish and chips, which is produced by Heather Mills’ VBites and is made of succulent fish-free ‘fish’ flakes, as well as a Bakewell tart which is served with vegan vanilla flavoured ice cream. ⠀

Jason Radbourn, senior food development manager at Hungry Horse, said: “After listening intently to our customers’ feedback it came through loud and clear that we needed to experiment with our dishes to cater to a more broad range of diets. Working closely with our suppliers, we’ve not only introduced a number of new plant-based dishes, but we’ve also put a spin on some of the traditional pub classics we offer, such as fish and chips which is now available with vegan fish-free fillets and is already proving popular with our customers.”⠀

The dishes on offer include: ⠀
Starter
Vegan roasted tomato soup, served with vegan poppy seed bun ⠀
Mains
Classic salad bowl with crumbled falafel with sesame seeds (salad topper)⠀
Mix it up – 3 vegan fish free fillets with sauces and sides available⠀
Chickpea and sweet potato curry ⠀
Vegan fish-free fillets and chips ⠀
Vegan falafel burger ⠀
Dessert⠀
Vegan Bakewell tart served with vegan vanilla flavoured ice cream ⠀

To find a pub near you in UK go here Hungry Horse.

For tips to increase your vegan choices, read the suggestions below.

By Dominika Piasecka, The Vegan Society

Where and how to eat out as a vegan (or with a vegan).

Whether you’re vegan or you just want to make sure your vegan friends don’t starve on your joint night out, you’ve come to the right place.

With the ever-growing amount of positive media coverage, this animal-free lifestyle has undergone the most radical change in its history. Veganism is no longer portrayed as a marginalised choice; it’s easy and accessible. Attitudes are also changing, with more than half of UK adults now adopting vegan-buying behaviours and knowing someone who is vegan.

The growing awareness and popularity of veganism is a good thing for everyone. The businesses providing vegan food benefit from the extra cash; vegans can find more options on a day out; and, most importantly, the decreasing demand for animal products means that more animals are spared their lives.

But many people wonder, where can you eat as a vegan? The truth is, pretty much anywhere. Chain and independent stores alike are embracing this surge and providing great vegan options – yes, we’re talking about more than chips here!

Do some quick research

There’s a good chance these days that the place you’re visiting already has vegan options but check online if it’s your first time there. If they don’t have anything exciting, vast majority of the time the chef will be happy to prepare something special for you. Make sure to call in advance and request this to make things easier. Travelling or new to the city? No problem – just download the app HappyCow or check their website. It’s an online directory of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants, cafés, shops and more; you just have to type the name of your town and dozens of places will pop up, depending on its size.

Indian and oriental (particularly Thai and Chinese) cuisines are most likely to be rich in vegan options. Being nice to the waiter and explaining what you’re expecting from them can go a long way. Can you spot a menu item that’d be it vegan if it wasn’t for one or two ingredients? Ask them to swap or eliminate it for you and voila, you’ve created yourself a vegan meal. Don’t forget to check all the side dishes too – some may be real gems.

Restaurants

UK’s Italian restaurants are leading the way for vegan options. Zizzi, Pizza Hut and Pizza Express serve pizzas topped with vegan cheese, with the former sporting a huge vegan menu, while Carluccio’s, Bella Italia, Prezzo and ASK Italian all provide great options for vegans. Wagamama, The Real Greek and TGI Fridays have recently launched exciting vegan menus.

Las Iguanas, Nando’s Handmade Burger Co are also notable for their vegan food. Even McDonald’s has a vegan burger in case you’re stuck in the middle of the night with nothing to eat – just remember to ask for no mayo.

Pubs and fast food restaurants: Okay, independent pubs are an area for improvement but there are a few that offer amazing vegan options. In terms of chains, Wetherspoons paves the way with its dedicated vegan menu, followed by Loungers, Harvester, Cosy Club, Sizzling Pubs, and even the meat-heavy places like Toby Carvery and Beefeater.

Lunch

Not all vegans actually eat salads – I, for one, can’t stand them. Subway is a safe bet but avoid the flatbread or the honey oat sub. YO Sushi, Wasabi, LEON and Bagel Nash are great for lunch.

If you’re looking for something more standard, head to Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, The Co-op, WH Smith or Boots as they all offer vegan wraps and sandwiches. If you’re craving a milkshake, go to Shakeaway for a whole lot of vegan options.

Cafés

All major cafés and the majority of the independent ones provide plant milk. In addition, you can find vegan snacks at Pret a Manger, Caffe Nero, Starbucks and Costa. The former is particularly amazing for vegans, with three Veggie Prets recently opening in London.

Things are not quite where they should be yet, with some vegans struggling to find options when eating out – The Vegan Society’s survey published earlier this month showed that 91% of vegans said they sometimes have this issue. There are lots of really helpful vegan forums and Facebook groups to join. It’s a good idea to search Facebook for a local group in your area, e.g. ‘vegan London’. The community is very welcoming and helpful so ask away if you have any questions.

Eating out as a vegan or with a vegan won’t make a fuss if you keep a few key tips in mind. Choosing vegan options shows demand for plant-based products as well as benefiting the animals, the planet and your own health. Most of all, have fun exploring all the delicious, exciting and cruelty-free vegan dishes!

If you’re not yet vegan, you can sign up for free with your email address at www.vegansociety.com/plateup and we will send you an email and recipes every day for 30 days to help you ease into vegan living.

Dominika Piasecka Bio:

Dominika is a passionate vegan and animal rights activist. Media and PR Officer at The Vegan Society, Dominika is dedicated to bringing information about veganism to new audiences and inspiring people to change their lifestyle to benefit the animals, the planet and their own health.

Earthling Ed Bio:

The transformation to veganism is often an incredibly profound, life-changing experience and not long after I became vegan, I realised that I owed it to the animals that had previously been murdered on my behalf to devote my life to animal rights.

My online activism involves creating educational content including street conversations, where I focus on talking to the public about the morality of using animals in order to encourage positive discussion and debate. I also produce educational resources in order to help transitioning vegans as well as activists.

I am the co-founder and co-director of Surge, a creative grassroots animal rights organisation determined to create a world where compassion towards all non-human animals is the norm. In 2016 we started the annual Official Animal Rights March and in 2017 we released the documentary Land of Hope and Glory and launched The Big Vegan Activism Van.

Between 2017 and 2018, I spent seven months touring the UK in The Big Vegan Activism Van, doing full days of on-campus virtual reality outreach as well as giving speeches and screening Land of Hope and Glory to university students.

 I also travel internationally giving free speeches and workshops on positive communication and advocacy.

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