Kerry Stirling

Animal and Women's Rights Activist.

SS: What made you go vegan and why?
KS: Being vegetarian on and off most of my life I was slowly exposed to information which lead me to attempt to be a “true” vegetarian, no gelatin and animal rennet etc. A major turning point for me was after accidentally watching, "I Am an Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA" - My first exposure to live animal skinning in the fur industry. The final push was from a new friend, Emily Elkins, who sent me a video on the truth behind dairy, showing a mourning mother cow as her calf was taken from her right after birth. I always felt dairy was just another form of slavery and the new knowledge gave me the push I needed. I am the type of person who seeks the truth and as I became more educated about animal cruelty it completely changed my life for the better. Knowing the truth is so empowering. Thanks Emily for Veganizing me.

SS: Has it been difficult for you? If yes, what was difficult and did it get easier?
KS: No, actually it has been difficult not eating like a pig because vegan food is the best food I have ever had. I grew up going to the best/most expensive L.A. restaurants, and vegan food is by far the best tasting food ever!

SS: What would you say to encourage someone who is considering becoming vegan?
KS: That a plant-based diet is the healthiest diet you can follow. It is better for you, the animals and the planet. Not only is it great for your health, but your conscience as well. I enjoy food much more now knowing it is cruelty-free. Read "Skinny Bitch".

SS: What are some animal rights related things you participate in?
KS: Mostly social events to help me feel apart of a community and for support. I have done a few protests in my 1 ½ years vegan and look forward in doing more.

SS: What are your favorite AR organizations?
KS: PETA, Mercy For Animals, Last Chance For Animals & The ALF. I am so impressed with these groups that make bold moves and change in the world of animal suffering.