How long have you been vegan?
I have been vegan since I was 5, so it’s been a little over 4 years now.
What made you go vegan?
I decided to first go vegetarian when I was 4, but I still wanted to eat fish. A couple of months later, my mom and I read some articles about fish together. We found out that they have friends, they feel pain, and they even remember unpleasant experiences and try to avoid them in the future. Once I found out that they are just like the other animals I had stopped eating, I decided to stop eating them as well! Then, about a month after I turned 5, my mom watched Cowspiracy while I was sleeping. In the morning, on the way to school, she told me she was going to try to Go Vegan. I said that I wanted to do it too, but she told me no! My mom told me that she wanted to try it first. She said that she didn’t think it was a good idea. She told me that I wouldn’t be able to eat pizza and lots of other foods. She also told me that I would have to watch everyone eat cupcakes at school in front of me every time someone in my class had a birthday. I told her that I didn’t care — if animals were being hurt and I didn’t need it, then I didn’t want it! That was that, I’ve been Vegan ever since!
Why is being vegan important to you?
Being Vegan is important to me because I love animals and I want to have a future. I don’t want to cause anyone to suffer or be harmed in any way that I can avoid. By making simple choices, I am causing less harm to animals. I also have much less of a negative impact on the environment than someone who is not Vegan. As a bonus, and I feel happy and healthy because of the way that I eat and live.
Do you have a vegan role model?
I have so many inspirations such as: my mom (Shannon Blair), Korin Sutton, Abel ‘Killa’ Trujillo, Mikee Yago (friend in the Air Force), SGT Vegan (Bill Muir), Ryan Nelson, Wayne Hsiung, Torre Washington, John Lewis (BadAss Vegan), Dominick Thompson, James Aspey, Earthling Ed, Joey Carbstrong, Preacher Lawson, Arwen Carlin, Matthew Rohland, David Carter, Geoff Palmer, Austin Aries, Vegg Ian, his mom Annette Felix and so many more!
How do you educate yourself about veganism and animal rights?
We continue to learn every single day. We do a lot of research. We go to places of violence and see what is really happening so we can tell others the truth. We learn from other activists. We are constantly trying to learn new information to be more effective at helping others to switch to a plant-based diet and even better, a Vegan Lifestyle!
What is your favorite animal?
It’s really hard for me to pick a favorite animal since I’m not speciesist and I love them all. If I was forced to choose, I’d have to say piggies!
Do you take part in any activism?
I love to do activism! I do it as much as possible because animals are suffering and dying every second and they need our help. I try to do as many different forms of activism too because people are reached in all different ways. My favorite type of ‘boots on the ground’ activism is doing disruptions. I love to go in, give a speech or sing songs, and then do chants on the way out. I think disruptions are really powerful and we’ve had some amazing reactions at the end of so many of the ones we’ve done. I also enjoy leafleting, protesting, doing marches, participating in mass Open Rescue, cooking demos, “Change My Mind” demonstrations, making videos and rap songs, and so much more! I participate in Anonymous for the Voiceless Cubes of Truth and Vigils with the Save Movement wherever we travel. Most of all, I love visiting all of my rescued friends at the sanctuaries where they are happy, safe and free from harm. We love to bring people to sanctuaries so they can meet our friends too!
What is your favorite vegan food?
My favorite vegan food is my Mom’s Famous Cashew Cheese Quesadillas!
What is your favorite vegan restaurant?
There are so many great Vegan restaurants and they are awesome in different ways. It’s really hard to choose a favorite, but I’d have to say MFN Bodega in Orlando (aka The District at Mills 50). I really like Loving Vegan Market & Cuisine in Winter Park, Florida. In New York City — Blossom on Columbus, PS Kitchen, and Spicy Moon. In Brooklyn we love Amituofo. In Salt Lake City — All Chay, Bolt Cutter, and Vertical Diner. In Washington DC — Fancy Radish, Fare Well, and HipCityVeg. In Atlanta — Tassili’s Raw Reality and VeGreen are the BEST!
What types of peer pressure do you feel at school for being vegan?
I am homeschooled now, but even if I wasn’t, I wouldn’t care about people saying negative things about me being vegan. I know I made the right choice for myself, the animals, and the planet. Plus, it’s really disgusting to eat foods that are not vegan — they’re made up of body parts, secretions, and more gross stuff. They just don’t get it — I don’t think they’re bad people, they just don’t know the truth and the facts.
Why type of advocating do you do at school.
When I went to school, I always told the other kids what or who they were really eating. I feel like most kids and adults love animals, and I feel like if they really understood the pain and suffering, they were causing, they would be a lot more willing to learn and transition towards a plant-based diet or even better, a Vegan Lifestyle. My best friend since kindergarten and his whole family are Vegan now! If I still went to school, I would try to get plant-based food, I would do my best to stop field trips to places that exploit animals, and I would speak up for the animals as much as I could!
Are a lot of kids curious about veganism?
Kids almost always seem very interested in veganism. I think that kids are more open to this because they haven’t been brainwashed and desensitized for as long as adults. They are always very curious, but a lot of the time their parents dismiss the idea of going vegan because they don’t get it or they don’t think it’s healthy.
What is the toughest thing about being a vegan?
It’s really not hard to Be Vegan, it just takes some learning at first. It is hard to know that there are so many people who are not vegan in the world and to know how many animals are being harmed, but that’s why we do activism!
What has been your best vegan moment so far?
My best moment ever in life was actually deciding to Go Vegan. Since I’ve been vegan, I’ve done so many amazing things. Being the Ambassador for Million Dollar Vegan has been the biggest opportunity for me to reach people with a message of kindness and compassion to ALL.
Do you believe children are the key to creating a vegan world? How can we make this happen?
I think the younger generations are going to do a lot to achieve a Vegan World. We care about our future! But we really need everyone to get on board, and it shouldn’t really be that hard. We need more Vegans to get active and speak up now! We need to all do what is right and we need to normalize kindness and nonviolence. We need to continue to make veganism cool!