Mindy Collette

Actress, Fitness Model, Dancer

SS: What made you go vegan and why?

MC: It was sort of an accumulation of things really! I had been vegetarian on and off throughout my life, but in 2010 I had some serious health issues & my doctor said to cut out all dairy & gluten. So, since I'd been cutting meat, I just decided to do both!

SS: Has it been difficult for you? If yes what was difficult and did it get easier?

MC: It wasn't difficult at all once I wrapped my brain around the "why". Here & there that first year I would have something with animal in it, but the game changer was really through Robert Cheeke. He sent me a ton of reading material with one of my orders, and after I read the little packet called "Why Vegan?", I sat sobbing for 45 minutes straight. From there, how could I turn back? NO WAY!!! My heart is way too sensitive & compassionate for that!

SS: What are some animal rights related things that you participate in?

MC: I will do whatever I can to save animals from being sent to be euthanized, I share the knowledge I have about veganism & know I've touched some lives via that. I also donate to a few rescue organizations in the Eugene, OR area.

SS: What are your favorite animal rights organizations?

MC: My favorites? Well, ALL of them!!! But, truly, I think the work at Farm Sanctuary, West Coast Dog And Cat, & as of recent, The Cruelty Free Latina!

SS: What would you say to somebody who is considering going vegan?

MC: First, I would tell them that it's easier than they think! So, get involved online, we all are in this together and are usually more than happy to help with ideas and be support. Second, THANK YOU!!! The animals, their babies, the environment, your health, us.. we all thank you from the bottom of our hearts for you taking action in this way!

Finally, you will probably get questioned a LOT about being a vegan, and remaining healthy. VEGUCATE!! Be sure you know the right answers before they're asked If you don't know, just say so and let the person know you will find out and report back. Share the knowledge!

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?

MC: My friend Jo has such a kind heart toward animals and really has made countless impressions on me. There are many stories, but my favorite was her taking off on foot to save a lost dog. Nothing will stop her! Her passion and compassion toward animals is one to be replicated and emulated! Being vegan has just truly softened my heart that much more, and I see ALL life as equals. No breath means any less than the next.