My name is Analise D’Ambrosio-Filson I was born and raised in San Francisco and am still living in the Bay Area. I am a professional singer (@analiseofficial on Instagram ) this week my newest single “FREE” is being released as well as the music video involving a bunch of amazing animal activists and fellow vegans. This song is about the animals. I am a hairstylist and shift lead for a leaping bunny certified hair color company as well! I am also owner and creator of a vegan clothing line called Project V Based www.projectvbased.com & @projectvbased on Instagram.
What was the moment you realize that you wanted to go vegan?
I have been vegan for 5 years. When I was a child I was vegetarian for many years because I loved animals and after watching the movie ” Babe ” I realized that if I was eating animals I was eating my friends. The moment I realized I wanted and needed to live a vegan lifestyle was when I rescued by first pup Nala. (@nalaandbubbles on Instagram) The love I felt for this puppy was so deep and I realized that if I loved animals I could not support ANY form of animal exploitation. It hit me that we are all one, and every life is equal. After watching Gary Yourofsky speak on youtube it really pushed me to do more research. The documentary ” Earthlings” was the final straw and I could never turn back.
Why is being Vegan important to you?
Being vegan is important to me because animals are suffering and this is unacceptable. We are torturing and murdering sentient beings and it is absolutely horrific. I am constantly posting terrible videos to help open the eyes of people who follow me, and try to make it to as many “Direct Action Everywhere ” activism events and “Cube of Truth” gatherings as I can, as well as bearing witness at slaughterhouses.
What is the vegan stereotype you hear the most and how do you respond to it?
The vegan stereotype I hear the most is that vegans think they are better than everyone like we are a cult or something. We are vegan for the animals and our planet, this has nothing to do with us thinking we are better than anyone else, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. One thing that we do know is that we are RIGHT.
What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?
My favorite vegan restaurant is split between “Millennium” in Oakland, CA and ” The Butchers Son ” in Berkeley CA. Two amazing mind blowing places that everyone NEEDS to try.
Please share your favorite vegan recipe?
My favorite vegan recipe is my rosemary waffle and double fried “chikn” with homemade gravy.
Some encouraging words for new Vegans?
Whenever new vegans reach out to me for advice I tell them to just always remember that they are doing this for the animals and that if their friends or family don’t agree to not let that discourage them. It can be hard and depressing to live in a nonvegan world, but we are here to help the animals and to make a difference. Living cruelty-free means respecting all lives. Obviously not using any animal product, or products that exploit and support the murder of animals such as Palm Oil. A huge part of living a cruelty-free life is SPREADING THE WORD. We as vegans need to enlighten and plant seeds in others minds as often as possible, even if it isn’t the most “popular” topic, even if it makes people uncomfortable, it is our duty.
What are you favorite Vegan non-food products or companies?
Vio life has quickly become my favorite vegan cheese company! They are amazing!!!!!!
Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?
The only struggle I ever have with veganism is just dealing with the reality of what is happening to billions of animals every second, and not being able to stop it. Slowly but surely…