Activist, comedian, model, actress and internet personality.
Meggan Anderson is a long time animal activist and actress; best known for her comedic explorations. Meggan has traveled all over the world with PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) doing educational outreach via street theatre-style protests. She often combines her activism with art. When she’s not acting, she runs Bold.Sexy.Red. Productions creating colorful films and sketches. You can check her out at meggananderson.com
: What made you go vegan and why?
MA: I’ve always been extremely political and a big environmentalist. When I was in community college, an accidental Google search led me to PETA’s website and their Meet Your Meat film narrated by Alec Baldwin came up(these were pre-Earthling days). I immediately stopped eating all meat, except fish (side note: eating fish does not make you a vegetarian!) I completed the full transition into veganism about 6 months later. I grew up in North Carolina, where literally every day you see the slaughter trucks in front of your car on the way to school. To see the actual conditions, treatment, and what we force them to eat themselves apauled me when I realized I had contributed to this. I knew and still know that I can’t change everything bad in the world, but to be vegan, means around 90 lives are saved each year, all because I made a series of simple choices in my life. Not to mention the natural resources vegans save.
SS: Has it been difficult for you? If yes, what was difficult and did it get easier?
MA: Honestly, the hardest part at first wasn’t the diet choices themselves, but where the situational ones attached to that choice. Such as social gatherings, telling photographers how I don’t want to wear “real” leather, and changing cosmetic brands. Most people say the dietary aspect of veganism was the hardest, but for me it was the easiest. Now being vegan is easy for me in all of the aspects. I don’t even think twice about it when I go out to eat with friends or shopping. It’s just so intertwined with who I am now. The biggest obstacle of becoming a vegan is overcoming the realization of how much power you have by one single choice and about how scary that really is. How that one action or substance you’re using has attached to it many lives who were affected by it and what they went through, both human and animal.
SS: What would you say to encourage someone who is considering becoming vegan?
MA: First off I would say, “Congratulations! You’re in for one hell of a ride!” The journey of becoming a vegan is a fun one. Full of quirks and new things along the way. Everyone struggles with their own battle of letting something non-vegan in their life go. I think the key for anyone wanting to pursue a vegan lifestyle is never to look at it as “What I now have to live without,” look at it as “Look at now what I get the opportunity to have and discover.” My original reasons for going vegan were ethically derived, but now I remain a vegan for environmental, humanist, health and political reasons as well. With any goal, never forget your original intent!
SS: What are some animal rights related things you participate in?
MA: Currently, I do most of my activism with PETA. I participate in a lot of their risqué and street theatre demonstrations and protests. I also volunteer at Animal Acres whenever they have a fire evacuation. I also help to host various AR film screenings, fundraising events, etc.
SS: What are your favorite AR organizations?
MA: I will always have a love affair with PETA. It was PETA that first led me into veganism and who I work with the most. I appreciate their creative and bold statements. I also love Animal Acres and Farm Sanctuary. It’s because of hand on groups like them that have allowed me to meet the animals in all of their glory that I help to save every day. I am a supporter of direct action and as such like Sea Shepard a whole lot too!
SS: Do you have any memories that stand out in your mind about someone saving an animal? Or relating to an animal in a unique way?
MA: Yeah. I used to work at an animal shelter years ago, and I met a brindle pit bull named Champ. Champ was from a family who got new orders to go to Japan and Champ could not go along. He had a mom, a dad and a 7 year old daughter, who that dog really loved. I was with Champ almost daily for the next 3 months, until he got adopted out. I swore Champ could real my mind. He would do whatever I thought of him to do. He also had a keen sense for whenever I was having a bad day, and he always put his head on my lap. The day I adopted Champ out and I had to turn around and walk away for the first time, I waited a few moments later and turned around and the world’s saddest face was looking back at me. I hope he realizes now that I was doing what was best for him. I will never forget the connection I had with that dog.