Activist Spotlight: Sarah Gilland

Activist Spotlight: Sarah Gilland
Ever wonder what it would be like to live in Los Angeles advocating for farmed animals? We recently caught up with Sarah Gilland, a volunteer at our Los Angeles headquarters, and asked her to give us the scoop.

Known for her friendly demeanor and always having a smile on her face, Sarah has proven an incredible and dedicated animal activist, whether leafleting or helping us around the Los Angeles office.

What first inspired you to become a vegan?

I went vegan after reading Food, Inc. I was so disgusted and shocked to hear what I was actually consuming when I ate animal products: hormones, pesticides, antibiotics, arsenic, and an entire slew of other disgusting things I did not want in my body. Right after I finished Food Inc., I read The Lucky Ones by Jenny Brown (founder of Woodstock Sanctuary) and learned about the absolute cruelty that occurs on farms. I was horrified by what farmed animals are forced to endure, and ever since, that has been my primary motivation to be vegan and teach others about veganism.

What is your favorite vegan/animal rights resource?

ChooseVeg.com is a wonderful website that is packed with really helpful information, especially for those who are new to the veg lifestyle. It also has some incredibly delicious recipes!

Why did you choose to volunteer with MFA?

I really wanted to get involved in the animal rights movement. One of my friends had volunteered with MFA before and had an amazing experience. I was so impressed by the work they do for animals. I knew immediately I wanted to be a part of such an incredible organization.

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What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is quinoa sautéed with kale, mushrooms, and garlic.

What have been your most memorable experiences volunteering with MFA?

I feel like every single day here has been memorable! I have learned so much and grown so much as an activist during my time with Mercy For Animals. I would have to say overall, though, that just meeting other activists and people who are so compassionate about animals has been the best part. It’s great to know there are so many amazing people out there fighting for animals!

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What is the key to your success as an activist?

I think having a positive attitude is one of the most important things. People respond much more positively and are more likely to listen to what you have to say if you meet them with a big smile and a nice greeting than if you’re frowning or clearly not enjoying yourself.