Dope Vegan Spotlight, Bridget
Yes, folks, Dope Vegan Spotlight is exactly what it sounds. It’s space to highlight the dopest vegans out there. I’m kicking it off with someone that gave me the soft push to become vegan, BRIDGET.
Bridget lives in LA and works at PETA2. She has adopted a Pitbull named Tank and has been vegan for 5.5 years!
I met Bridget at Fisk while she was visiting with People for the Ethcial Treatment of Animals 2. SETA hosted an event by PETA2 titled, “iChicken” Virtual Reality”. Bridget was on the tour crew that visited the school. After the event, Bridget and I had a short yet meaningful talk about animal rights and she convinced me to go vegan by telling me facts (about casein and more). How DOPE is that? Welp, folks, now it time for you to meet Bridget.
I asked her a few questions I thought you’d want to know, even as strangers. The questions that many wonder but sometimes never ask.
Bridget, why in this galaxy are you vegan? Growing up in South Carolina, I mostly ate meals that consisted of fatty and cholesterol-laden meat, dairy foods, and eggs. Even the vegetables were typically cooked with some sort of meat or animal stock. I didn’t think twice about who I was eating or what I was putting in my body—and I considered the food that I ate to be part of my “Southern belle” identity. But that changed the first time I saw a chicken transport truck driving down the highway. That was the first time I made the connection that the nuggets on my plate were the remains of a living being. Not long afterward, I became close friends with a vegetarian (who was probably the first veg person I’d ever met and is still my best friend eight years later). Around the same time, I got involved in my local music scene, where many of the people were vegan. Lots of bands I listened to had veg members, and it opened a whole new world for me. Being around so many compassionate people who didn’t eat animals showed me how easy it is to swap out cow’s milk for nondairy milk and eat vegan meats instead of flesh.
What’s your fav vegan food? It’s so hard to pick one fave (because this girl loves to eat!), but the meal I get the most excited about lately is the spicy ramen at a restaurant in Los Angeles called Ramen Hood. It’s an all vegan spot that even offers up a vegan egg! I go eat there nearly every Sunday and every time I’m just as excited as the first time I ever tried it. The broth is so rich and creamy and the oyster mushrooms are out of this world!
What’s your 30 second “vegan elevator speech”?
It’s overwhelming to think about how much injustice exists in this world and the vast amount of work that still needs to be done. We’re already eating 3 times a day. The number one way animals are tortured and abused is for food, so choosing vegan is the most surefire way to help save them. Why not choose the option that will cause the least suffering to ALL living beings (remember many slaughterhouse workers are also suffering and toxic factory farm waste disproportionately affects low income communities of color), helps the planet and is better for our health? After all, we’re already eating anyway!
What did you eat for breakfast? This morning I had an English muffin with peanut butter and cherry chai jam and an orange!
Thanks for being dope and loving animals Bridget!