Q – Tell us about yourself and how you became interested in animal issues.
A – I grew up in a meat-and-potatoes household that was ignorant of animal issues. As a child, I developed depression and anxiety disorders due to frequent nightmares about animal cruelty. As a teen and young adult in the 90s, I started drawing animals because they were always on my mind. As soon as I left home, I became even more aware of how animals were treated in the food system, and I went vegetarian. Then in 2008, I went vegan.