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I am a campaigner. I coordinate and manage media plans, work on the translation of materials, arrange demonstrations and photo shoots, coordinate the production of Chinese versions of PETA ads, communicate with media outlets and encourage to have them to run our stories, and communicate with government officials regarding various animal issues.
If you had to describe yourself using three words, they would be …
Outgoing, passionate, and responsible.
What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?
I’m terrified of cockroaches! Totally terrified.
What was the catalyst that got you involved in animal rights?
It was a while ago. On the advice of a friend, I checked out PETA’s U.S. website, PETA.org. After I saw a video about how animals are killed for food, about how their lives are spent in confinement and imprisonment, and about the overall damage that this kind of intensive farming is doing to the planet—I realized I had to go vegetarian.
The knowledge of what a meat-eater’s diet does to the planet was my biggest catalyst for working at PETA because we’ve only got one planet—and we really should look after it!
Which animal issue is most important to you and why?
Besides climate change, it would have to be factory farming. Millions of animals are crammed into small, filthy sheds and confined to wire cages. They are then transported to slaughterhouses and have their throats slit—often while they are still conscious.
What annoys me is that people say that they’d rather not know what goes on inside slaughterhouses as they know it “must be awful.” Closing your eyes and trying your best to ignore it won’t make the situation go away—you’re just contributing to the ignorance and making the situation worse.
Which of your PETA moments are you most proud of?
PETA and our affiliates have had a lot of victories over the years against zoos, clothing companies and cosmetic giants. If I’m being honest, though, what makes me the most proud is when a single person contacts me and says they’re now vegetarian because of the work we have done. It shows that my job makes a difference.
If you were an animal, who would you be and why?
Definitely a bird, but not a miserable chicken confined to a battery cage on an egg farm. I’d rather be an eagle so that I could fly wherever I want and know the freedom that only they know, soaring among the clouds and doing what they please.
If you could eat only one meal for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
I’m a tofu girl from way back, so for me, it’d be fried tofu with broccoli in sesame sauce!
If you could offer one piece of advice to people looking to get started in animal rights, what would it be?
Go vegan. Honestly, you can think about it, or you can stop eating the rotting flesh of animals who didn’t want to die—right now! So put down that Big Mac, order a veggie burger, and open your eyes to the wonder that is vegan cuisine.