After being vegetarian for 9 years it didn’t take much to make me go vegan.
I always loved animals and didn’t think it was right to kill them for food. What I didn’t realize was how much pain and suffering was involved within the dairy industry and all the other industries that exploit animals, so when I stumbled across the documentary Earthlings in 2011, I was intrigued to learn more.
Reading the reviews of Earthlings alone was enough to make me realize that there was a lot more going on than I was aware of. One of the reviewers mentioned a speech called “The Best Speech You Will Ever Hear” by Gary Yourofsky so I headed to YouTube to check it out.
90 minutes later and I was vegan! I walked over to my fridge and chucked away every animal product inside, and I never looked back. From there I watched hundreds of documentaries, read thousands of blogs, and learnt everything I could about our treatment of animals. For me the change was easy because I knew in my heart that animals didn’t want to suffer and they too deserved to be free, happy and loved, all the same things we want for ourselves!
Going vegan completely changed my life. Not only did I find a new sense of peace and happiness, I also began to discover all the incredible health benefits that this lifestyle had to offer, and as someone with an autoimmune disease I felt like I had found exactly what I needed at just the right time.
Originally from the UK, I moved to Spain with my husband in 2010 to live an ecological lifestyle in the countryside, with the idea of having goats for milk and hens for eggs. Once we went vegan we decided to turn our small holding into a sanctuary for rescued farm animals, and in 2013 we opened the first sanctuary in Galicia, Northern Spain.
Since then we have been living and working with farmed animals in what many vegans would call their dream lifestyle. It’s not all cuddling with sheep and belly rubs with pigs though (although that does happen a lot!). Running a sanctuary is one of the hardest things imaginable, we have good days and bad days, and days where you feel like giving up, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
I feel honoured to meet all the incredible animals that find their way to the sanctuary. They are the most beautiful individuals I have ever had the pleasure to know, and they all teach me so much about life. They have taught me how to be kind, how to forgive, how to have courage even when everything feels hopeless. Most importantly they have taught me about love, and every day I feel grateful and truly blessed to be in their presence.
They are my heroes, and for as long as I can, I will fight for them.