When I was 13, I read 'Animal Liberation' by Peter Singer. It changed everything.
my vegan story
I've always cared about animals. The "food" my parents gave me with love each day meant someone died?
No thanks. Meat was off my plate for good.
In college at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, I worked with other activists and proud vegans to educate the community about animal rights, organize events, and bring speakers to campus. Feminist writer Carol J. Adams, Captain Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and Karen Davis of United Poultry Concerns were a few of our guests.
into the 21st century
After leaving university, I made a few critical errors (who doesn't)?!
I began to focus on who others thought I should be, what I was expected to do.
My dad was diagnosed with cancer when he was 54 (I was 24). He died 10 months later.
I lost sight of myself for a lot of years.
In short, I slipped out of veganism and considered myself an "ethical vegetarian".
Turns out, that's not a thing.
Returning to my "vegan roots" has been a return to myself.
I look forward to sharing with you all that I've learned in my nearly three decades as someone who knows in her bones that animals have value, separate from - yet connected to - humans.
What we do to animals we do to ourselves.