Brian Carroll

Animal Activist and Actor

SS: What made you go vegan and why?
BC: When I came to Los Angeles from Ireland I had heard on the news some horror stories about the meat industry and even looking at the meat in the Supermarkets it looked bad, so I then decided to go vegetarian but it did take me nearly 2 months to finally wean myself off of meat. Before I came to Los Angeles I had never heard of factory farming so I did some research on it and saw some cruelty videos on YouTube about it, so that motivated me even more to become vegetarian. Late the following year a friend of mine told me about the dairy industry and how cruel they are, so I did some research on YouTube and found a lot of dairy farm abuse videos and then I also heard about the film Earthlings which I watched. I had no idea that the dairy industry was killing male baby calves amongst other things, so I then decided after seeing Earthlings I had to find an alternative to dairy and a month later I found Almond milk and since then I have been vegan and never looked back.

SS: Has it been difficult for you? If yes what was difficult and did it get easier?
BC: At first it was a little difficult to give up meat but after 2 months I finally did it. As an Irish person eating meat is an everyday thing, I barely ate a cow or a pig but always chicken and turkey. I had heard about vegan alternatives to meat so I decided to try them out and by eating them it made it so much easier to stop eating the real thing.

SS: What are some animal rights related things that you participate in?
BC: I participate in anything I can when I am available. I mainly protest against fur & the circus, I also do vegan outreach whenever I can. I volunteered on 2 occasions with Mercy for Animals showing the 4 minute video From Farm to Fridge to people for $1. On Facebook I spread the word as much as I can about any animal cruelty and sign a lot of petitions to stop animal abuse.

SS: What are your favorite animal rights organizations?
BC: I believe they all do good things for animals, my favourite is FARM because of their 10 billion lives tour. I like the way they pay people $1 to watch factory and dairy farm cruelty videos and they have a lot of success which is great. MFA and PETA are good because of all the undercover investigations exposing the circus and factory and dairy farming.

SS: What would you say to somebody who is considering going vegan?
BC: I would appeal to them to watch the following videos on YouTube and make the connection and learn about the alternatives to meat and dairy:
Earthlings
From farm to fridge
Dairy farm abuse
Factory farm cruelty
Ag Gag Laws
I would also say to them to make sure you are eating enough protein foods but also make it clear you can do so without a doubt by not consuming animal product foods. When you go vegan, mother-nature will reward you as it did to me, you will feel fitter and healthier than ever before and also feel a lot better by not paying, causing and contributing to animal abuse and suffering 

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?
BC: The one that stands out is when myself and my Mother saved our cat Sam who was abandoned before we took him in nearly 6 years ago, someone dumped him close to where we lived in Ireland and when we saw him we eventually gained his trust and we took him in and called him Sam. Daphne Sheldrick is another person who I have the utmost admiration for, rescuing orphaned elephants for the last 50 years is amazing I hope to meet her one day.