How long have you been vegan?
Since last January (2019), about a year!
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What made you go vegan?
My mom was always involved with animal rights, and I love animals, but it wasn’t until she told me more about the health side of veganism that I got more interested. I was already a vegetarian cause I thought that eating animals was wrong, but the cheese was hard to give up. Once she told me about how your arteries can get clogged, I decided to go fully vegan.
Why is being vegan important to you?
Because I can be healthy and save animals and our planet at the same time! With climate change and what is happening to our planet, it really scares me that one day it won’t exist anymore. I feel like now is the most important time to make a change so we (and our children and grandkids) have a place to live in the future. It’s really scary that WE are killing our planet and so many animals!
Do you have a vegan role model?
Besides my mom, I like watching Wayne Hsiung’s videos for DxE; he does a lot for animals. Earthling Ed and James Aspey. I love all of the athletes that are now going vegan. I really like basketball, football, soccer, and other sports, so they inspire me (like Alex Morgan, Venus Williams, James Wilks, Lewis Hamilton, Kyrie Irving, and Derrick Morgan). And of course, all of my Animal Hero Kids friends and co-presidents.
How do you educate yourself about veganism and animal rights?
I rely mostly on my mom, but I learn the most from going to events and seeing firsthand how much of a difference one person can make.
What is your favorite animal?
Well, I love my cats a lot, but I love all animals, especially cows. It’s hard to choose!
Do you take part in any activism?
I try to. I like protests and leafleting. I also like giving vegan food to people that have never tried it before.
What is your favorite vegan food?
Vegan pizza and fries and cantaloupe.
What is your favorite vegan restaurant?
The Grub Factory or The Greener Kitchen in Baltimore.
What types of peer pressure do you feel at school for being vegan?
My friends all know I’m vegan and no one really bothers me about it. Yet…
What type of advocating do you do at school?
I try to tell my friends why vegan food and living vegan is easy and better for all reasons.
Are a lot of kids curious about veganism?
Not that I’ve seen. Most of my friends know, but don’t really have questions. I’ve tried to explain, but they’re not interested yet ☹ I’ll be ready when or if they are! My mom is a teacher though and lots of her students ask her about it. She has helped some of her 5th graders go vegan already!
What is the toughest thing about being a vegan?
I don’t think anything is tough about being vegan! I guess the fact that none of my friends at school are vegan (yet).
What has been your best vegan moment so far?
Going to the Animal Rights National Conference in DC last summer was the most amazing thing I’ve been to yet. I can’t wait to go this summer again!
Do you believe children are the key to creating a vegan world? How can we make this happen?
I think that kids are very important to create a vegan world. I think social media is a huge source of information for kids, and if we all keep educating more people, it will continue to spread. Also, documentaries going so mainstream is such a good thing right now.