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Louisa is the Digital Communications Officer at Viva! Louisa has been vegan for four years and is passionate about eradicating injustices and exploitation in our world. After graduating from the University of Bristol with a degree in Theology, she worked as a journalist in Malaysia before joining Viva!'s marketing team. She now leverages social media and the online world to forward the vegan movement and keep Viva! growing in influence.

5 Best Vegan Recipes for BBQ Season

5 Best Vegan Recipes for BBQ Season

Louisa Kendal |05/08/2020
Wondering what to have on your vegan BBQ? We’ve chosen our top five Vegan Recipe Club recipes for you!...
Viva!'s Guide to Father's Day

Viva!'s Guide to Father's Day

Louisa Kendal |11/06/2020
With Father’s Day just a week away on Sunday 21 June, here our top tips for the ultimate vegan celebration...
More People Want To Go Vegan Because of Covid-19

More People Want To Go Vegan Because of Covid-19

Louisa Kendal |09/06/2020
A new report has found that covid-19 has made a vegan diet more appealing to people in the UK.
6 Amazing Black Vegan Activists To Support

6 Amazing Black Vegan Activists To Support

Louisa Kendal |03/06/2020
Here are 6 inspiring vegan activists that you should be following!
Is Your Energy Supply Vegan?

Is Your Energy Supply Vegan?

Louisa Kendal |02/06/2020
Hidden animal by-products could be lurking in your energy supply, so how can you make sure it’s vegan?...
A Step in the Right Direction - Wuhan Bans Eating Wild Animals

A Step in the Right Direction - Wuhan Bans Eating Wild Animals

Louisa Kendal |22/05/2020
Wuhan announced that the eating of all wild animals is now prohibited, along with virtually all hunting, as they turn the city into a ‘wildlife sanctuary’...
Greyhound Stadium Closes Permanently

Greyhound Stadium Closes Permanently

Louisa Kendal |20/05/2020
The coronavirus crisis has been difficult for everyone, but there have been a few wins for animals during this time to help put a smile on our face.
Why Now Is the Best Time To Go Vegan

Why Now Is the Best Time To Go Vegan

Louisa Kendal |07/05/2020
With all the news about how animal agriculture is causing global pandemics, you might be thinking of making the transition to going vegan. Here are five reasons why now is the best time to go vegan.
Get Active for Animals with the 2.6 Challenge

Get Active for Animals with the 2.6 Challenge

Louisa Kendal |24/04/2020
With the London Marathon unable to take place this Sunday, we’re asking you to Get Active for Animals and fundraise to keep our campaigns for the animals, environment and health going!...
How Will Covid-19 Impact Veganism? - New Report

How Will Covid-19 Impact Veganism? - New Report

Louisa Kendal |23/04/2020
COVID-19 is predicted to boost demand for plant-based foods due to an increase in veganism, says a new report.
How to Make a Real Impact this Earth Day

How to Make a Real Impact this Earth Day

Louisa Kendal |22/04/2020
The best way to make real change this Earth Day might not be what you think…...
Four Animal Sanctuaries to Support During Coronavirus

Four Animal Sanctuaries to Support During Coronavirus

Louisa Kendal |07/04/2020
The lockdown is a hard time for us all, but for the animal sanctuaries who care for rescued or abandoned animals, times are even tougher.

Top 5 Vegan Easter Eggs in Supermarkets

Louisa Kendal |06/04/2020
With the Easter Bunny getting ready to visit at the weekend, we’ve compiled the best vegan Easter Eggs available!...
Viva!'s Guide to a Vegan Easter

Viva!'s Guide to a Vegan Easter

Louisa Kendal |03/04/2020
With Easter only one week away, we’ve compiled our top tips on how to have a great vegan Easter...
Get involved in the International Online Rally for Animal Rights

Get involved in the International Online Rally for Animal Rights

Louisa Kendal |31/03/2020
On Thursday 2 April, animal rights activists all over the world will come together to advocate for animals during the International Online Rally for Animal Rights .
Our Billboard Campaign has Gone Viral!

Our Billboard Campaign has Gone Viral!

Louisa Kendal |27/03/2020
Where will our next billboards appear? It's up to you!...
5 Wins for Animals During the Coronavirus Outbreak

5 Wins for Animals During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Louisa Kendal |18/03/2020
Here are five positive wins for animals during this challenging time!
Viva! Reveals Billboards Asking People ‘When Did You Last Kill an Animal?’

Viva! Reveals Billboards Asking People ‘When Did You Last Kill an Animal?’

Louisa Kendal |09/03/2020
We’re launching our vegan billboards asking people ‘What’s your favourite animal to eat ?’ and ‘When did you last kill an animal?’ at 60 billboard locations across the East Midlands...
Badger Cull to Be Phased Out, UK Government Announces

Badger Cull to Be Phased Out, UK Government Announces

Louisa Kendal |05/03/2020
The environment secretary has announced the badger cull will be replaced by vaccination programmes to prevent the spread of Bovine Tuberculosis in cattle and badgers.
Greta Thunberg is Coming to Bristol on Friday - Here's Everything You Need to Know

Greta Thunberg is Coming to Bristol on Friday - Here's Everything You Need to Know

Louisa Kendal |26/02/2020
Greta is coming to Bristol for a Climate Strike on Friday 28 February. Here’s everything you need to know!...
Viva!’s Guide to a Vegan Mother’s Day

Viva!’s Guide to a Vegan Mother’s Day

Louisa Kendal |21/02/2020
Here’s how to give your mum the best vegan Mother’s Day on Sunday 22 March...
BREAKING NEWS: Waitrose releases vegan pancakes in time for Pancake Day

BREAKING NEWS: Waitrose releases vegan pancakes in time for Pancake Day

Louisa Kendal |11/02/2020
All our vegan dreams are coming true with these vegan pancakes from Waitrose ahead of Pancake Day on Tuesday 25 February.
Milk consumption has fallen 50% in the UK

Milk consumption has fallen 50% in the UK

Louisa Kendal |10/02/2020
The UK is now drinking 50% less milk than they were in 1974, according to a report by Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) released on Tuesday 6 February.
Viva!’s Ultimate Guide to a Vegan Valentine’s Day

Viva!’s Ultimate Guide to a Vegan Valentine’s Day

Louisa Kendal |07/02/2020
Love is in the air, so we’ve put together the ultimate guide to a vegan Valentine’s Day...
Veganuary Taste Test: Caffé Nero's Vegan Meatball Panini VS Subway's Meatless Meatball Marinara

Veganuary Taste Test: Caffé Nero's Vegan Meatball Panini VS Subway's Meatless Meatball Marinara

Louisa Kendal |30/01/2020
Subway’s Meatless Meatball Marinara or Caffé Nero’s Vegan Meatball Panini …which will reign superior?...
A Meat Eater and a Vegan Try Wagamama’s New Vegan Tuna

A Meat Eater and a Vegan Try Wagamama’s New Vegan Tuna

Louisa Kendal |21/01/2020
Wagamama released their enticing vegan tuna dish for Veganuary so of course we had to catch it before it’s gone!...
How to ensure your cosmetics are vegan this Veganuary

How to ensure your cosmetics are vegan this Veganuary

Louisa Kendal |10/01/2020
Have you found yourself wandering the beauty isles trying to work out which cosmetics are vegan this Veganuary? We’ve partnered with Be at One to find out how to ensure your cosmetics are 100% cruelty-free...
5 New Year Resolutions to Help Animals

5 New Year Resolutions to Help Animals

Louisa Kendal |20/12/2019
With 2020 just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to think back over the past year and look at how we can bring about change going forward...
Everything You Need to Know About the Newest Vegan Beauty Brand

Everything You Need to Know About the Newest Vegan Beauty Brand

Louisa Kendal |10/12/2019
Here’s everything you need to know about the newest vegan beauty brand on the block...
Top 5 Vegan Mince Pies

Top 5 Vegan Mince Pies

Louisa Kendal |29/11/2019
Which high street vegan mince pie reigns superior?
4 Ways to Survive Christmas with your Family as a Vegan

4 Ways to Survive Christmas with your Family as a Vegan

Louisa Kendal |25/11/2019
Whether it's your first or your fifteenth vegan Christmas, it can still be a challenging time of year...
Viva! Victory: Doncaster Pig Farm Plans Rejected

Viva! Victory: Doncaster Pig Farm Plans Rejected

Louisa Kendal |08/11/2019
Planning permission for a huge pig farm have been rejected with the help of Viva! campaigning.
The Queen Ditches Fur This Winter

The Queen Ditches Fur This Winter

Louisa Kendal |06/11/2019
The Queen is finally ditching fur this winter, showing that attitudes towards fur are finally shifting.
5 Best Vegan Sweets for Halloween

5 Best Vegan Sweets for Halloween

Louisa Kendal |31/10/2019
Fright-night is here which means trick-or-treaters will be out in full force this evening. Here’s the best vegan sweets so the horror is only in the movies, not our tummies...
Viva! Victory: Factory Farm Planning Application Rejected

Viva! Victory: Factory Farm Planning Application Rejected

Louisa Kendal |24/10/2019
Planning permission to build two 80 metre industrial sheds that would house 4,000 pigs has been rejected for the second time due to Viva!’s successful campaigning...
5 Reasons to Take the #GoVegan24 Pledge

5 Reasons to Take the #GoVegan24 Pledge

Louisa Kendal |18/10/2019
This World Vegan Day, we’re asking people to make the bold yet simple pledge to go vegan for 24 hours...
Opinion: ‘Meat the Family’ Fails to Meet Reality

Opinion: ‘Meat the Family’ Fails to Meet Reality

Louisa Kendal |16/10/2019
Channel 4 has announced a disturbing new reality TV show where families must decide whether to eat the animal they’ve adopted...
5 ways to get involved with World Vegan Day

5 ways to get involved with World Vegan Day

Louisa Kendal |11/10/2019
On World Vegan Day, Friday 1 November, we have a bold yet simple challenge: go vegan for 24 hours.
World Vegan Day - Vegan FAQs

World Vegan Day - Vegan FAQs

Louisa Kendal |07/10/2019
This World Vegan Day , we’re asking everyone to go vegan for 24 hours. This is a simple yet powerful decision, to show the world we can live without animal products and make a positive change for millions of species on the brink of extinction due to industrialised animal agriculture...
Vote for us in VegfestUK Awards: Put the Cherry on our 25th Anniversary Cake

Vote for us in VegfestUK Awards: Put the Cherry on our 25th Anniversary Cake

Louisa Kendal |03/10/2019
Viva! has been nominated in two categories in this year’s VegfestUK Awards ; Best Vegan Festival and Best Vegan Magazine – and we need your vote!...
Could Meat be Made Illegal?

Could Meat be Made Illegal?

Louisa Kendal |27/09/2019
Shadow DEFRA Minister has said he can’t rule out a tax on meat to help achieve net zero emissions targets, after Michael Mansfield QC said meat should be made illegal ahead of the Vegan Now launch...
Vegan Now: Time is Running Out

Vegan Now: Time is Running Out

Louisa Kendal |24/09/2019
Time is quickly running out. We are accelerating towards an environmental emergency and if we don’t act now, there will soon be no future left to fight for...
Viva! Victory: Hogwood documentary crowdfund smashed four days early!

Viva! Victory: Hogwood documentary crowdfund smashed four days early!

Louisa Kendal |17/09/2019
The Hogwood: a modern horror story documentary has been fully funded, meaning we can bring the truth of UK factory farming to the masses!
What the Labour Party Animal Welfare Manifesto Means for Animal Rights

What the Labour Party Animal Welfare Manifesto Means for Animal Rights

Louisa Kendal |30/08/2019
The Labour Party recognises the rights of all animals in their new manifesto which calls for equal punishment for all animal cruelty and supports a move away from intensive animal farming.
Meat and Dairy Is Driving Climate Change, Say UN Experts

Meat and Dairy Is Driving Climate Change, Say UN Experts

Louisa Kendal |09/08/2019
The UN’s new climate report says switching to a plant-based diet is the most effective way to slow down climate change...
A Response to: Farmers Wanting Emotional Support for TB Cows Being Shot

A Response to: Farmers Wanting Emotional Support for TB Cows Being Shot

Louisa Kendal |29/07/2019
Last week, BBC Wales released a video where a dairy farmer described the emotional turmoil of her cow being killed because it has TB.
The Vegan Ironman: Andrew Lilley uses plant power to fuel sporting success

The Vegan Ironman: Andrew Lilley uses plant power to fuel sporting success

Louisa Kendal |22/07/2019
Vegan athlete, Andrew Lilley, completed the Bolton Ironman to fundraise for Viva! and prove that a vegan diet can power you through even the most challenging sporting events.
Plant-based Milk on the Rise: A Quarter of Britons Choose the Vegan Option

Plant-based Milk on the Rise: A Quarter of Britons Choose the Vegan Option

Louisa Kendal |19/07/2019
Plant-based milks are causing a stir with almost a quarter of Britons choosing the vegan alternative.
Chiquito’s Launches Huge New Vegan Menu: Here’s What You Need to Know

Chiquito’s Launches Huge New Vegan Menu: Here’s What You Need to Know

Louisa Kendal |08/07/2019
The UK’s largest Mexican chain, Chiquito, is launching a huge new vegan menu on July 9 th – taco ‘bout exciting!...
Vegan Recipe Club: Top Five Plastic-Free Recipes

Vegan Recipe Club: Top Five Plastic-Free Recipes

Louisa Kendal |02/07/2019
This International Plastic Bag Free Day, more people are realising the impact their choices have on the environment more than ever before. People and governments alike are waking up to the fact we all need to take responsibility for our actions if we want to preserve the world for future...
Farmed Animal Abuse Could See 5 Year Prison Sentence Under New UK Bill

Farmed Animal Abuse Could See 5 Year Prison Sentence Under New UK Bill

Louisa Kendal |27/06/2019
Yesterday, Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced a new Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill to enable tougher prison sentences for the worst cases of animal abuse, including gross neglect of farmed animals.
Die for Coke: What Happens to Dairy Cows and How We Can Change This

Die for Coke: What Happens to Dairy Cows and How We Can Change This

Louisa Kendal |24/06/2019
Recent investigations into Coca-Cola’s dairy brand, Fairlife, revealed the life of dairy cows was anything but fair – so what can be done about it?...
More Than Half our ‘Meat’ Won’t Come From Animals by 2040, Report Says

More Than Half our ‘Meat’ Won’t Come From Animals by 2040, Report Says

Louisa Kendal |13/06/2019
A new report says 60 percent of 'meat' won't come from animals by 2040 due to consumers caring more about animal welfare, their health and the environment...
Fast Food Chain Leon’s New Vegan Menu: Here’s What You Need to Know

Fast Food Chain Leon’s New Vegan Menu: Here’s What You Need to Know

Louisa Kendal |12/06/2019
Launching on June 13, Leon will be offering a number of new vegan dishes, snacks and sauces to satisfy your cruelty-free cravings.
Which Plant Milks are Best For People, Planet and Animals?

Which Plant Milks are Best For People, Planet and Animals?

Louisa Kendal |23/05/2019
This MooFree May, Viva! are encouraging people to try dairy-free and make simple swaps to live a kinder life to animals, the environment and themselves.
MooFree May: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Cows

MooFree May: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Cows

Louisa Kendal |14/05/2019
This MooFree May, we’re exploring how cows are treated in the dairy industry. All too often, society forgets that cows have complex emotions, relationships and personalities just like our beloved companion animals who we care for and love...
Vegan Pizza Lovers Rejoice: One Planet Pizza Debuts Their Revolutionary Pull-Worthy Cheese

Vegan Pizza Lovers Rejoice: One Planet Pizza Debuts Their Revolutionary Pull-Worthy Cheese

Louisa Kendal |13/05/2019
Just in time for MooFree May , One Planet Pizza are raising the vegan pizza game with their pull-worthy V-Bites Cheezly Range.