Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in Macon, Georgia, USA. If I’m not working in aviation, I advocate for animal rights in-person or social media:
Facebook: MeatFree Mikee
Tik Tok: @meatfreemikee
Youtube: Meat Free Mikee
What led you to veganism? How long ago?
What led me to veganism was a dare. It was only supposed to be a week… then it turned into two weeks. Then a month. Then I watched Earthlings… and that solidified me staying vegan. That was back in Feb 2018. From heavy meat eater to vegan just like that, because of a dare. Never looked back.
When you first went vegan how did you phase out your non-vegan food, clothing and other items?
There was no phasing-out. If it involved animals, animal by-products, animal cruelty, etc. then I did not involve that in my life since it was not necessary and can never be justified.
Do you make any exceptions for yourself or if you are married with kids – your family, when it comes to veganism? For example, how strict are you with your children’s veganism at school or at family gatherings?
No exceptions. Especially after I took the Liberation Pledge on my first veganniversary.
Do you believe we should show children the process of how animals are turned into meats?
I believe we should tell them about it, and eventually show the process. I know it’s harsh, but its way harsher to actually involve children in the animal slaughter process by serving dead bodies on their plates.
What does being vegan mean to you? For example, does it extend to not killing bugs and bees? Does it include not patronizing vegan companies owned by non-vegan parent companies? Does it affect the way you treat other humans?
Being vegan to me means being kind and compassionate to all – animal kind, human kind, and Mother Earth. Though the focus is the animals, as they need saving the most. They need justice.
Is it every vegan’s duty to become an activist?
Yes. It is part of the vegan baseline. If you went vegan for the animals, then advocacy to fight for animal rights should come natural.
How compassionate or empathetic are you towards non-vegans?
I am compassionate to all. I used to be non-vegan (like most vegans), so I see them all as they are in their journey of going vegan… just like me, in the past.
Any recommended Vegan books?
How Not to Die, and any vegan cookbook (Thug Kitchen is pretty rad!).
Any recommended social sites, blogs or pages?
AnimalActivismMentorship.com – We are excited to launch it on April 15, 2020. Please support and recommend. Our aim is to help members in their journey into activism. They will be paired with an animal rights activist mentor.
Do you have a favorite movie or videos or your own media that you want to share?
Lately… The Animal People!
What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?
All vegan restaurants are my favorite!
Please share your favorite vegan recipe?
Like with restaurants, all vegan recipes are my favorite!
Some encouraging words for new Vegans?
Be active! It doesn’t matter how, just speak on behalf of the animals. If we want total animal liberation, we need more advocates.
What is the vegan scene like in your city?
Almost nonexistent. But I have high hopes that will change, not only where I live, but the whole world.
What personal recommendations can you make for people to meet other vegans?
There are Facebook groups in your area. And if there isn’t, go ahead and start one. Other vegans will discover your Facebook group eventually.
What does living cruelty-free mean to you? Does it extend to the way you as a vegan treats other humans too?
Yes, most definitely. Can’t be truly compassionate if it’s selective.
What are your favorite Vegan non-food products or companies?
Bamboo toothbrushes. Is that weird? I’m a fan of clean teeth haha.
What is the toughest Vegan item to find that you need?
Nothing. Every item is easily accessible and available.
Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?
The only real struggle that I have is how I can’t believe I wasn’t vegan AND an activist sooner. That’s why I strive with all the time I can spare to speak for every animal that is suffering. I put myself out there as much as I can, because who knows…maybe I could reach someone and inspire greatness. That same person could be the one who will be of great influence and lead the world into total animal liberation!