Name: Carmen Coburn
Occupation: Dance instructor
How long have you been vegan? Ten years
Why did you choose to be vegan? My daughter Jean (editor’s note: that’s me!) gave me a book Diet for a New America and I found out the cruelty inflicted on animals, particularly cows and hens.
Biggest challenge: Giving up cheese and yogurt, which I ate on a daily basis because I didn’t think my vegetarian lifestyle harmed animals.
Best reward: Peace in my heart, knowing that I don’t contribute to the misery of farm animals (or any animals). Health.
Are you involved in animal rights, vegan outreach, or other types of activism or education? Yes, I have helped organize Animal Rights Day in the city where I live, I marched in Toronto for animals, I bear witness to the tortuous treatment of pigs before they are slaughtered in a nearby slaughterhouse. It breaks my heart.
Advice for new vegans: Find like-minded people; eat a healthy, plant-based diet.
Parting words: Go vegan: for health, for the animals, for our environment. It’s a win win win situation!
Thank you, Carmen (Mom!), for all you do for the animals and for being such an inspiration and vocal proponent for animal rights and veganism! And thanks for being the first vegan profile on my blog!
Be sure to check out Carmen’s blog, Fashionable Over 50, where she shows how to be a healthy and stylish vegan.