We are so proud of the compassionate change-makers speaking out for animals through our Compassionate Activist Network! Right now, you’ll get to know CAN Coordinator, Jennifer Mennuti, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Read on to learn more about her activism experience!
FARM: How long have you been involved in animal rights activism?
Jennifer: Shortly after becoming vegan in 2008, I watched the original version of Peaceable Kingdom and decided that just being vegan wasn’t enough to help animals. I decided that I needed to do a whole lot more to help stop this enormous suffering. I’ve dedicated a lot of my free time since that moment to bringing awareness to their plight and to the many benefits of the vegan lifestyle.
How long have you been vegan?
I’ve been vegan since 2008 when I stumbled upon Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s podcast “Vegetarian Food For Thought.” It was around Halloween because I remember one of my first important questions was, “Which Halloween candies are vegan?”
When did you join CAN?
I joined CAN late last year after some friends told me about it.
What is your favorite outreach activity?
My favorite outreach activity is showing factory farm footage to people. I think it’s so important for people to fully grasp the misery these animals endure and video is the best way to convey this reality. Watching the reactions of the viewers is very powerful and I love answering their questions and giving them more information.
What is your most memorable experience while doing outreach?
My most memorable moments of outreach have been participating with the 10 Billion Lives Tour at Vans Warped Tour, which I’ve done twice. It’s a very fast paced, intense experience due to the loud music, thousands of people, hot sun, rain, and ability to show an entire video to so many young viewers who have the potential to make an enormous difference for so many animals. Kudos to the crew members and other volunteers for participating in this tour!
What do you enjoy the most about CAN?
I love the CAN Facebook page because I can see what other activists are doing and it gives me ideas of things I can try in my own community.
What are some of your goals as an activist?
Although I sometimes participate in demos concerning circus animals, rodeos, marine parks, etc. my primary goal is to educate people about the animals they eat since it affects so many more lives and it’s something we can directly impact at least three times each day. My goals involve spreading awareness as well as assisting with creating and promoting alternative food options so people have convenient, affordable, and tasty options.
What is your favorite vegan food?
I’m pretty partial to vegan cupcakes. They are available in so many flavors and at increasing locations that I’ve been able to retire from making them and now purchase them from local vendors.
Thanks for sharing, Jennifer!
If you’re ready to start #SavingAnimals through our Compassionate Activist Network, sign up today! It’s free to register and order leaflets, plus we have a supportive community of fellow CAN coordinators and FARM staffers. And of course, the more outreach you do, the more great vegan prizes you’ll earn! Get started today!