Katia Kosir

Activist and animal rescuer.

SS: What made you go vegan and why?
KK: There were a lot of seeds that had been planted but the real clincher was a blind kitten. I had been vegetarian for several months and to make a very long story short, I found a tiny, sick kitten with no eyeballs. They had rotted away due to infection. I took him in, along with the rest of his litter and tried to figure out what to do with this little baby. I did a Google search for blind kitten and one of the first hits I got was about kittens with their eyes sewn shut by vivisectors. I was so profoundly horrified that I stopped buying anything tested on animals that very day. Shortly after, I became vegan. It seemed like the only logical thing to do.

SS: Has it been difficult for you? If yes, what was difficult and did it get easier?
KK: Being vegetarian was waaaaay more complicated and difficult. Becoming vegan was like taking a huge breath of fresh air. I was and still am very excited about the whole thing. It's so invigorating! I can speed read ingredient labels now, so I guess that part got easier.

SS: What are some animal rights related things you participate in?
KK: Anything and everything. Going to protests, demonstrations, just talking to people about it... Like whenever someone compliments me on my makeup, I say, "Thanks, it's vegan!" but I definitely feel that my energy is best spent making a lot of noise.

SS: What are your favorite AR organizations?
KK: All of them. I think it's so vital that there are so many different methods and tactics being used by all the groups. Diversity in the animal rights movement is crucial to reach as many people as possible. While I certainly prefer some methods above others I think that people are affected in different ways and we need to play off of that.

Kitten Rescue
Band of Mercy