At the end of 2016, I had a conversation with someone that changed the way I thought about using animals for food, clothing, testing and entertainment ~ and on my birthday in January 2017, I committed to a full vegan lifestyle. This means that I don't eat meat, dairy, eggs, fish or honey. I don't wear or purchase products made from leather, wool, silk, or feathers. I don't buy products that are tested on animals. I don't support Zoos, Circuses, or riding on the backs of animals. This quote by Alice Walker sums up how I now feel about our relationship to animals:
"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men."
This new way of eating, thinking and BEING made me feel free. So I wrote a cookbook to help others go vegan in a simple way. I also have a Facebook page where I share articles celebrating good vegan news, stories of transformations, and beautiful photos of animals. I have an Instagram account where I share photos of vegan food I make, and neighborhood cats. And, I have a YouTube channel where I share helpful information.
Along side of being a vegan advocate and a mother, I run a graphic design business. You can check out my work at jenbarbato.com.