Tell us a little about yourself
Hi, my name is Shannon and I am from St Petersburg Florida. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for the past 7 years but now my daughter has moved to New York City for college so I’ll see what new adventures await! You can finds me on Facebook here.
What lead you to veganism?
Around five years ago, my daughter who was 15 at the time, watched documentaries and did some research. She went vegan as soon as she found out the truth. She encouraged me to go vegan as well at that time but I wasn’t willing to make the connection yet. Even though I considered myself an animal lover, I still wasn’t ready to stop exploiting them. In October of 2016 I decided to have my breast implants removed because they were breaking down my immune system and I was very ill. After trying to recover from surgery, I knew I needed to make changes to my diet and lifestyle. So January 1st 2017, I went vegan!
When you first went vegan how did you phase out your non-vegan food, clothing and other items?
When I first went vegan I just stopped wearing anything that was made from animal skin or fur. I was lucky enough to not own many items already. I’ve now donated all of those items.
Are you a vegan Parent? If so, what are some of the challenges you find raising a vegan child?
I am a vegan parent! Lucky for me my daughter taught me the way.
Do you believe we should show children the process of how animals are turned into products?
Yes! I definitely believe that children should be shown the truth. If this was done we’d have a vegan World much sooner.
What does being vegan mean to you?
For me vegan is doing the least amount of harm possible to every individual.
What form of activism do you take part in?
I believe that even a conversation is a form of activism when it comes to veganism. I use my social media platforms to promote veganism and to show animal cruelty. I also have a vegan message on every t-shirt that I own. I’ve been building up the courage to go attend my first cube of Truth with Anonymous for the voiceless.
Any recommended vegan books, social sites, or blogs.
Challenge 22 is great for beginners because it offers free nutritionist and mentors to answer all your questions.
Do you have a favorite movie or videos or your own media that you want to share?
What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?
Ethos vegan Kitchen in Orlando Florida
Some encouraging words for new Vegans?
If you don’t have a vegan in real life support group then connect online with other vegans. My online vegan family has brought me so much happiness these past few years and I don’t think I could be as positive without them.
What is the vegan scene like in your city?
It’s not great I guess it’s growing we have to all vegan restaurants downtown but definitely room for improvement.
What personal recommendations can you make for people to meet other vegans?
I would say attend vegfest if they have one in your city. Also getting connected online using hashtag for your city and vegan.
What does living cruelty-free mean to you?
Living cruelty free for me means not exploiting animals in any form.
What are you favorite Vegan non-food products or companies?
Dr. Bronner’s and Pacifica
What is the toughest Vegan item to find that you need?
Probably a car
Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?
The only struggle for me at least being vegan is seeing other humans not make the connection when they’re shown the violence and cruelty. Especially when it’s your friends are family.