I’m a vegan animal rights artist and activist. I’ve been living in London, UK, for the last 5 years, but I’m originally from Sardinia in Italy. London is the perfect place for me right now to integrate veganism into every aspect of my life and connect with plenty of other vegans. I work part-time in a vegan shop which gives me time to do activism and create art. I take part in demos with Anonymous for the Voiceless, slaughterhouse vigils with the Save Movement and other protests and campaigns with local AR groups. I make art that aims to raise awareness about the plight of animals and our conflicting relationship with them. I post my art on Instagram and Facebook, where you can find me as Sara Sechi Art, I sell prints of my artworks at sarasechiart.com, I have my own ethical clothing line at sarasechiart.teemill.com and I take part in local exhibitions and festivals, either by myself or with the vegan artists collective Art of Compassion Project.
What was the moment you realize that you wanted to go vegan?
I came across Gary Yourofsky’s speech at a moment where I was becoming more aware of animal suffering, as my cat at the time was chronically ill. I had no idea that it was possible to live without eating meat and animal products and I didn’t what the word ‘vegan’ meant. Once I saw the atrocities that are done to animals in the food industry and to what extent we exploit them in our society and I learned that I could be perfectly healthy on a vegan diet I knew that I had to go vegan and I never looked back.
How long have you been Vegan?
I’ve been vegan for over 5 and a half years.
Why is being Vegan important to you?
Being vegan is essential if we want a world where we don’t oppress, exploit, and abuse others, especially those most innocent and vulnerable; a world with less illness, greed, corruption, and violence; a world where we take care of our planet instead of destroying it. Not only being a vegan, but being a vegan activist, promoting veganism in any way you can, is fundamental if you want to see that world.
What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant? Please share your favorite vegan recipe?
I’m not much of a cook so my favorite recipes are quick and easy. My meal of choice would be wholemeal spaghetti with cherry tomatoes, basil, and fresh garlic topped with extra-virgin olive oil and a mountain of nutritional yeast.
What does living cruelty-free mean to you?
Doing my best to cause the least amount of harm as possible and actively contributing to building a better world. Being conscious of where anything I buy comes from, how it was produced in respect of domestic animals, wildlife, the workers and the environment. Striking to be zero-waste and active in as many ways as I can.