Hi, I’m Lindsay Lewis! I am a vegan animal rights advocate, artist, proud doggy mama (my Jack Russell Terrier, Dexter, is THE cutest!), and a math teacher at Golden West College in Orange County, CA. In addition to adoring going to work each day (assisting my students as they grow academically and as conscious and compassionate earthlings are the most exquisite daily reward), a huge perk of the position is the time off that allows for donating efforts to animal welfare. In short: teaching is my wonderful job, and speaking out for animals is the rent I happily pay to live on this planet (excuse the cliché vegan-yogi-hippie line).
I aim to aid the effort to create a kinder world for animals in a variety of ways, including activism, volunteering, and contributing to organizations I believe in (such as Farm Sanctuary, Animal Equality, Mercy for Animals). The most enriching and life changing of these efforts has been my involvement with Red Bucket Equine Rescue, “the ranch the horses own.” The mission of this organization is to save and rehabilitate horses, restore their trust in humankind, and find them safe, loving, adoptive forever homes. I cannot speak more highly of the quality and integrity of this organization or of my fellow volunteers at Red Bucket!
I’d like to become even more active in serving the animal welfare community. Contact me if your vegan organization or project needs a perky artist who can math pretty hard!
What was the moment you realize that you wanted to go vegan?
For 15 years I was one of those “But cheese, though!” vegetarians who could “never go vegan.” Finally, one day I picked up The Kind Diet and found myself sobbing alone in my room while Alicia Silverstone informed me about animal cruelty in the factory farm industry (She played my soul sister character, Cher, in Clueless, so obviously I’m going to listen to her). Instantly I realized that it was not enough to be vegetarian to help animals- the dairy industry is equally as cruel and horrifying as the meat industry, so dairy had to go. Once I became informed, there wasn’t any other choice but to align my actions with my ethics.
I appreciate the vegetarians out there finding it difficult to give up long loved items such as cheese- I felt the same. The change became entirely easy and natural, however, when I realized that it just really isn’t about me. Further research throughout the years (documentaries such as Forks Over Knives, Cowspiracy, books such as Skinny Bitch, and Eating Animals) has strengthened my resolve that adopting a vegan lifestyle is truly the most effective way one individual can positively impact the lives of animals, the welfare of our planet, and the health of oneself.
How long have you been Vegan?
My 15-year vegetarian streak has now been followed by 5 years of happy, healthy, veganism (i.e. 5 years of annoying and alienating non-vegan family, friends, colleagues, and the guy waiting for his smoothie at Whole Foods).
Why is being Vegan important to you?
Being vegan means refusing to participate in the suffering of another sentient being. No creature need suffer in order for us to live fulfilling, delicious, healthy, affordable, and fabulously fashionable lives.
Our dollar votes matter big time- nothing seems to speak louder than money in our country right now, which is sad but also empowering. Most of us absolutely cannot fathom the idea of slitting the throat of a pig for any reason EVER, much less for a breakfast sandwich, so why are we willing to pay someone else to execute this disturbing act? Every dollar spent on a meat or dairy product, on leather, on fur, wool, or down directly funds the intense life-long suffering and brutal demise of the animals sacrificed. Every dollar we choose to spend on these products communicates that we are okay with that. Being vegan is important to me because it is simply the right thing to do.
Do you have a blog or favorite vegan blog you read?
Any recommended Vegan books?
Any recommended social sites, Facebook Groups or other?
Do you have a favorite movie or videos or your own media that you want to share?
Emma’s Chance, on Netflix, is a sweet little family movie about a girl who becomes involved with Red Bucket Equine Rescue. The movie is filmed on the Red Bucket ranch in Chino Hills, CA, is based on the true story of one of the resident horses, and stars many of the rescued equines!
Do you actively promote veganism? How? Please share any stories you would like.
I promote veganism through my recreational artwork, through posts on my Instagram account, by regularly participating in peaceful protests (of SeaWorld, the rodeo, factory farming), and by sporting the latest, most stylish of vegan clothing. I want to become even more involved, so fellow vegan warriors please alert me regarding opportunities to be of service!
As an instructor of Statistics on a college campus, the topic of veganism arises unsurprisingly often in my classroom via text examples concerning animal testing, horse racing, health studies, et cetera. Though my role in instructing this course is to effectively teach content and the development of problem-solving skills, I cannot help but include daily remarks on animal kindness. Sorry, not sorry.
Do you miss any non-Vegan foods?
What is your favorite Vegan meme?
What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?
Little Pine in Silver Lake (Los Angeles), CA. The food is AMAZE (best croissants of all time at brunch, and perfect mac and cheese at dinner, for example) and ALL proceeds go to animal welfare. Nicely done, Moby!!
Some encouraging words for new Vegans?
Socially: Being a new vegan can initially feel very isolating. We, as pack animals ourselves, are wired to desire a sense of community and belonging. I resisted joining the social media world until I became the lonely sole vegan that I knew in real life. In the age of Facebook and Instagram, it is just so accessible to become involved and meet like-minded individuals with a ton of great advice. Reach out! We are here and we want to hear from your big, beautiful, animal-loving heart!
Accessibility: 2017 is actually the most amazing time to be vegan! Never before has our culture been so conscious of the vegan lifestyle and its values. There has been a significant shift towards veganism even over the 5 years since I made the switch. More restaurants offer vegan options and even label them as such, and there are more vegan products and companies available in grocers than ever before. Have you tried Kite Hill’s vegan cheeses?!!!!
Change: Often as animal rights advocates, we become overwhelmed that our efforts are simply a drop in the bucket to end animal suffering. It is easy to feel discouraged and alone, especially when your friends and loved ones do not share your values. At the end of the day, though, you are one less person harming animals. You are one more person speaking up for animals. And that is beautiful.
Are you a cruelty-Free vegan?
What are you favorite Vegan non-food products or companies?
What is the toughest Vegan item to find that you need? Toothpaste, Deo, glue, etc..
A quality vegan BF! 😉