How long have you been vegan?
I have been vegan for 3 years and meat free for 6.
What made you go vegan?
I went vegan because my dad was vegetarian at the time, and I was very curious about why he didn’t eat meat. He simply told me the truth without pushing anything on me, and I decided it was the right thing to do to go vegi. I live with my mom who was not Vegan so she was still serving meat options but noticed I was no longer eating them. She finally sat down with me and I explained I no longer wanted to eat meat and she was very supportive. She did a lot of research on what to feed to me and in doing so she became Vegan as well!
Why is being vegan important to you?
Being vegan is important to me because it is not fair that we abuse these living, feeling beings that don’t have a voice and take advantage of that. Not only that, but meat and dairy is destroying our planet and wrecks your health.
Do you have a vegan role model?
My vegan role model is my dad (Joe Coleman aka Vegan Monk) because he is the one who educated me and is extremely insightful and compassionate. He is always promoting Veganism in a positive light.
How do you educate yourself about veganism and animal rights?
I educate myself mostly by following vegan pages on social media as I get new information every single day and I find myself using it very frequently. I also watch documentaries and videos on YouTube.
What is your favorite animal?
My favorite animal has to be either a koala or red panda. As cliche as it is, they’re just so adorable!
Do you take part in any activism?
I like to speak about animal rights when I get the opportunity!
What is your favorite vegan food?
My favorite vegan food is burrito bowls Beans, Rice, Avocado, Corn and HOT SAUCE!
What is your favorite vegan restaurant?
Vegan Donut and Gelato has to be my favorite vegan ‘restaurant’. Not healthy, but definitely enjoyable!
What types of peer pressure do you feel at school for being vegan?
A lot of time people will try to tell me that being vegan isn’t healthy or that animals are put on Earth to be eaten, and I’m sometimes even asked to try meat, but I only educate them about what they’re eating and I have convinced 2 of my friends to go vegetarian!
Why type of advocating do you do at school.
Like I said, I simply educate them about what they’re eating because they simply don’t know, and knowing can make a big difference. I also frequently bring some vegan snacks to school and share them with my friends, often surprising them with the fact that it’s not just lettuce!
Are a lot of kids curious about veganism?
Yes, many kids are curious about veganism and frequently ask me how I do it and why.
What is the toughest thing about being a vegan?
The toughest thing about being vegan is probably not being able to eat or participate in certain events such as a pizza party, birthday cupcakes, ice cream party for school, etc. I don’t have any desire to eat these foods, but it sure would be nice if they had anything I could eat. One time at an event, they made a special vegan meal request for me. When my dinner came it was a bowl of spinach with creamy dressing lol. No nuts, veggies or anything just a giant pile of spinach.
What has been your best vegan moment so far?
My best vegan moment so far was getting to speak at the World Veg Fest two years in a row. Also being invited to a private PETA fundraiser as a guest. It was so nice to be around like-minded people and know that I could eat everything they were passing around .
Do you believe children are the key to creating a vegan world?
I believe children are the solution because children are the next generation, so if this generation grows up to be vegan, so will the rest that follow. We can make this happen by educating these children and most of them will feel the immediate urge to go vegi because they are still so connected to animals. Once you get older, you start to become conditioned and believe eating meat is the right thing to do, and it’s harder to get them to listen then.