Anna Weatherlake – Animal Rights activist, Voiceless Ambassador, Peta Ambassador and Earth by Anna blogger and newest member to the fabulous PP Instructor Team!
When did you choose to become vegan and what influenced your decision?
I was vegetarian my entire life before switching to a vegan lifestyle six years ago. The tipping point for me to make the switch was when I really researched the cruelty within the dairy industry and how much animal agriculture was damaging our environment. Almost overnight, I cut cheese and other dairy products out of my diet and stopped wearing leather and I haven’t looked back since. I can confidently say that switching to a vegan diet has been the best thing I’ve ever done. My health is better, I look better, I feel better and it is nice knowing that my lifestyle contributes in a positive way not only to the lives of animals, but also to my own personal health and the environment.
How does being vegan extend beyond what you eat?
The whole idea around veganism is causing as little harm to others as possible and people become vegan for many different reasons. Personally, I changed to a vegan lifestyle because I didn’t want to live a life anymore where I had buried my conscience. Knowing that my choices, whether they were for palate, fashion or the environment, were having animals killed or causing irreversible damage to our planet was something I just could not live with.
Veganism is really about factoring in all facets of living a life free from harm. I choose not to wear leather because that is the skin of an animal that has been killed solely for someone’s taste buds or item of clothing. I choose not to eat animals, as the thought of killing a sentient being merely for palate pleasure is something I can’t comprehend. And, I choose not to use any products that are directly related to the animal agriculture industry, as it is one of the leading causes of global warming, which is the biggest threat to our planet today.
How can others reduce their negative impact on animals?
Stop eating them. It’s that simple. You wouldn’t eat your dog, so why eat a lamb? Or a pig? Or a cow? Why love one and eat the other? They only differ in appearance. All are highly intelligent, sentient beings that have just as much of a right to live as we do. Cut back on the animal products you are consuming. Every little bit makes a difference. The animals will thank you, your health will thank you and the environment will thank you.
What advice would you give to someone interested in incorporating more vegetarian/vegan meals into their diet?
Start slow. If you’re eating meat or other animal products every day, start by introducing one or two days a week that are completely plant-based. Then, from there incorporate another day that is completely plant based and so on and so forth. By making small changes slowly you can really start getting into a good routine and making good habits stick. I think that can be applied to all aspects of life.
Your genuine happiness and compassion towards others is infectious. What are the things that make you happy?
Oh gawd, there are so many things that make me happy. My animals, sunshine, good food, I could go on and on and on. People showing kindness towards others. Seeing people get results in my classes is one thing that makes me really happy!
What do you hope to achieve in the next five years?
My business partner and I have been working on a natural and organic perfume range of six different unisex scents that we are releasing at the end of this year, so hopefully that will be going well. I also hope to still be teaching at Studio PP and continue to have wonderful clients in my classes.
Fingers crossed ill also have another rescue dog to add to my existing brood of four and more chickens too!