Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. We moved to Pt. Townsend from Edmonds when I was in the 2nd grade. For my junior year of high school, I lived in Johannesburg, South Africa with my family who went as missionaries. I came back to Pt. Townsend on my own for my senior year to graduate in the States. When I was 21 I moved to Grasse, France for a year as a nanny. When I came back I moved to Seattle and have been here since. I grew up backpacking, camping, and hiking and I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I love having the water, mountains, and ocean all within driving distance.
I became vegan for the animals. I had been vegetarian on and off again most of my life. I did not make the connection with how cruel the dairy and egg industry was until I went on a tour of Pasado’s Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary in Monroe. They showed a film on factory farming, and then we were able to take a tour of the sanctuary and meet all the residents who had been rescued from the animal agriculture industry. I met Gabby the pig who acted just like a dog and came running to me to lay down next to me on her side and wanted her belly rubbed. (I am a huge dog lover). I met the goats who would have been killed as babies because they were males and not needed for the dairy industry. (I used to love goat cheese in my salads). Seeing the size of the battery cages for chickens and how many live in that tiny space. And meeting the cows was life changing as well. I became vegan that day-August 20th, 2016. I did not want to contribute to any animal pain or suffering just to please my taste buds. After that I did a lot of research on the animal agriculture industry and learned not just of the cruelty of animal agriculture, but of the environmental impact of it as well. I have always loved animals and nature and finally made the connection to live my life according to my values. There are so many more delicious plant based alternative meats and cheeses then there were 30+ years ago!
Why animal rights activism & why NARN?
I want to make a difference by being a voice for the animals by educating and raising awareness on how animals are treated, as well as the environmental impact of raising animals for food consumption, as well as all the sea life that are taken for eating. I had volunteered a few times with NARN and I like their values and their approach to animal rights activism and education. I wanted to be a part of a positive organization that not only advocates for animal rights, but also for human rights.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by the beauty of nature, and how the earth can heal herself if given the chance. I am inspired by other animal rights activists, giving their time and energy to make the world a better place for ALL beings. And I am inspired by my parents who raised me and my siblings to respect and love nature, as well as giving us the gift of travel to experience other cultures.