Being Vegan, Vegan Being: Annette Felix – Most of us were not Born Vegan so we Need to Use wisdom and Empathy when Dealing with Non-vegans.

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Annette Felix I live in Orlando FL. I am an entrepreneur. I have been vegan for 4 years and an animal rights activist for 2 and 1/2. You can follow me on IG at @God’s_vegan_girl.

What lead you to veganism?

I grew up in a traditional Latin home eating animals all my life. I always loved animals and was against poaching, hunting and circuses but I was missing the connection with the animals on my plate. At the age of 37 I saw a video on Facebook titled “This is why I’m vegan” that video showed happy rescued cows, pigs and chickens. By the end of the video I was in tears and made the connection no more eating animals for me.

When you first went vegan how did you phase out your non-vegan food, clothing and other items?

I went vegetarian for a month then fully vegan. 

Do you make any exceptions for yourself or if you are married with kids – your family, when it comes to veganism?

I don’t make any exceptions for myself or my son.

Do you believe we should show children the process of how animals are turned into meats?

Yes, we should and let them decide for themselves if they want to continue to participate or not.

What does being vegan mean to you?

Veganism to me is a lifestyle where you cause the least harm possible. I extend compassion to every living being from a tiny ant to a human being.

Is it every vegan’s duty to become an activist?

Yes, I believe it is. Now, not every form activism is for everyone. Everyone needs to find what form of activism they are comfortable with whether it’s cooking delicious vegan food or doing vigils. The key is that we are not just sitting back doing nothing, we must all be active for the animals and our planet.

How compassionate or empathetic are you towards non-vegans? 

I try to be empathetic toward non-vegans because I was there once. We have to remember that most of us were not born vegan so we need to use wisdom when we deal with non-vegans.

Any recommended Vegan books?

How Not to Die, by Dr. Greger.

Any recommended social sites, blogs or pages?

Nutritionfacts.org, Cowspiracy, Million Dollar Vegan and Animal Hero Kids.

Do you have a favorite movie or videos or your own media that you want to share?

Okja on Netflix is great.

What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?

Ethos Vegan Kitchen

Some encouraging words for new Vegans?

Don’t give up. Take it one day at a time don’t be hard on yourself.  Do lots of research. Learn about what is happening to the animals, the planet and our health. Don’t be afraid to eat! 

What is the vegan scene like in your city?

We have an amazing vegan scene in Orlando. Lots of great vegan restaurants, events and activism.

What personal recommendations can you make for people to meet other vegans?

Join your local vegan groups, activist groups and go out to the vegan restaurants. I really found that getting involved in activism has been a great way to meet vegan friends.

What does living cruelty-free mean to you?

Living cruelty free to me extends to all living beings.

What are you favorite Vegan non-food products or companies?

I really like using Mrs. Meyers cleaning products.

What is the toughest Vegan item to find that you need?

I really don’t have one thankful.

Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?

The only struggle I have with being vegan is seeing the cruelty and dealing with non-vegan family and friends that just refuse to change.

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