Meet Claire Fryer: PETA Australia’s Lean, Green, Vegan Machine

Posted on by Ashley Fruno

Claire FryerClaire Fryer, PETA Australia’s campaign coordinator, may be a pussycat by day, but she’s a raging tiger by night. She’s an accomplished fighter in boxing, Muay Thai, and mixed martial arts (MMA), and she recently dispatched her experienced opponent in short order at the co-main event of the MMA show “Brace for War 17″—her biggest victory to date.

Claire’s success in martial arts comes as no surprise to her fellow vegans and PETA Australia staffers. Plant foods provide athletes with all the nutrients that they need to stay healthy, competitive, and strong—minus the saturated fat, cholesterol, and other contaminants found in meat and dairy products that could slow them down. And of course, it probably helps that her coaches have a habit of telling her right before matches that they just saw her opponent “biting the heads off puppies”!

Before coming to PETA Australia, Claire spent six months in Manila with PETA Asia working on various projects, including administering treatment and care to “street dogs.” Although her work as a campaign coordinator for both PETA Asia and PETA Australia has certainly been less violent than her hobby, it can still get pretty physical. Her coordination of eye-catching public demonstrations has included everything from wrangling PETA Australia’s bikini-clad “Lettuce Ladies” to organizing “mermaids” in Malaysia for PETA Asia to rubbing bodypaint on naked male activists.

Fighting is Claire’s way of challenging herself and staying at a peak level of fitness (although she has been known to dig into a big dish of vegan coconut and cookie-dough ice cream after a weigh-in). When she isn’t in the office, out in the field, training, or raising her fists in triumph in the ring, you’ll find Claire at home, offering loving care to her special-needs dog, Muppet, and any number of foster animals.

Claire—or as her teammates call her, “K.O. [Knock-Out] Bear”—has proved that anything that meat-eaters can do, she can do better. Are you ready to get into fighting shape? Take the Pledge to Be Veg for 30 Days today!

Posted by Claire Miller