In 2011 after 2 years of living in a new city and non-human companion-less I decided to change that. I originally wanted a dog, a cocker spaniel to be exact, it was a breed of dog I always found beautiful after falling in love with them at a pet shop for the first time when I was 12. My mother, the rescue-lover she is, however, knew better and decided to adopt a Siberian husky mix for me instead but her ‘rescue’ mentality never rubbed off on me unfortunately. My search for a Cocker Spaniel in Paris ended when my partner informed me that he’d prefer a cat and that he’d heard of a specific breed that was hypoallergenic and basically like an independent dog (wasn’t a lie). We found a breeder and bought…yes…I hang my head in absolute shame and repeat the word ‘bought’ my first sphynx boy. Graddy. We realised that sphynx cats require a lot of attention and do better when they have companions, so I ignorantly wanted another. The breeder we got Graddy from had another kitten available and I did that shameful thing for the second time…bought him, that would be my fatticus- hugo .
So there I was with my perfect boys and ideal family…thinking I was oh so great and considered myself an animal lover because I had two sphynx cats…what a joke. I took pictures of them everyday and shared the photos on every single social media account I was connected to. My favorite place to post was Instagram, where I was soon followed by another sphynxmom with the word ‘vegan’ in her username. I was intrigued so I followed back and basically creeped her account because this was the first vegan I’d ever crossed paths with and she seemed so normal, cool and not like the dirty hippie image I was led to believe vegans were. She just shared regular everyday life images and proved how easy veganism could be, she wasn't the most 'vocal activist' but she led by example, the best thing about her was that she had adopted her sphynx (I honestly never knew that it was an option)
The realisation of the life I had been living until that point came to me very suddenly and it hurt. There is no way to describe the pain I felt because I’ve never felt anything similar. I truly believed I was a good and kind person, like most of us do. I decided right there and then to go vegan, I had a chicken and egg sandwich in my hand and thought to myself, ‘how can I say I love animals when here I am eating them and their products. I made a note of December 14th as my official first day of veganism but I never willingly ate any animal products after that eye-opening egg sandwich on December 13th 2012
I did my research that very same day, I looked at what must’ve been hundreds of delicious and inspiring vegan recipes and decided I needed to know exactly what went on in all types of farms and watched earthlings . Watching that documentary made me so ashamed to be human but I knew I was taking steps to rectifying my impact on the planet and veganism alone is by no means enough, not at the scale of injustice currently occurring but it’s the first positive step we can all take. I’m still learning and I know I’ll never stop because there is so much to know. Veganism has led me to discover so many other things about myself and to really see animals, not just look at them, but see them. These are kind beings, who just want to live their lives, they appreciate our love if that’s what we want to give them but they’re fine without it because they exist for themselves and certainly don’t need our interference (I’m referring to wild animals, not the domesticated species who have no choice but to rely on humans for survival)
A year after I got Hugo and had been vegan for 11 months the breeder I got the boys from asked me to adopt Graddy's mom- Emy. Of course I had learned that buying animals was one of the worst things you can do, taking the life of a shelter animal because you are too selfish to accept a being that has a past or doesn't have a certain gene is ridiculous. The breeder was closing her cattery and I thought it was a great step for her (even though it was due to personal reasons) I was just happy no more pedigree animals would be born from her. I paid for Emy to be sterilized and welcomed her home (Did not buy her). A couple of months later a friend asked me to take her sphynx- Fly because of personal reasons too and I accepted because I wanted to give Fly a happy sphynx home too. That is how I landed up with four sphynx cats that I love more than I can explain but I had I known the realities of my choices in the beginning, life today may have been different.
I've been told that my style of activism is somewhat harsh. I agree that it can be seen that way, but I also have to reiterate the fact that I would've without a doubt become vegan sooner had someone been more direct with me and told me the truth about what I was actually contributing to.I am only doing what I wish someone had done for me and what I find works with others, the only thing I regret about my path to veganism is that I didn't do it sooner. It took a naked cat and a random lady in Seattle but I am glad I am finally there and will never look back
All I can do now is share my story with you, inform you and hope that you too make the connection sooner rather than later, and if you are on the fence about anything at all please do not hesitate to contact us for ANY and ALL questions.