Amy Bascomb's Story
Written by Amy Bascomb   
Thursday, 08 March 2012 08:56


amyvvs1 My names Amy, I've been lacto-ovo vegetarian since I was about 7 or 8 - the moment I made the connection between the furry animals I loved and what was on my plate. No one else in my family is veg, so it was a challenge at times but many years later I'm very glad I stuck to my principles and didn't let my parents sway me (my Dad loves to tell the story that my first sentence ever was "you're not the boss of me"). I was never involved in animal activism during those years - instead concentrating on other social justice issues concerning us humans - and I had no idea about the inherent cruelty in the egg and dairy industries. After receiving a flyer in an order from the Cruelty Free Shop, I learned about the story of bobby calves and the horrible lives of dairy cows. From that moment my partner Tim and I decided that vegan was the way to go.

I've encountered so much more judgment and ignorance in the 8 or so months since we made that decision than in the 17 odd years I was vegetarian that I became an 'unofficial' activist almost instantly - constantly defending my choices, dispelling myths and promoting a cruelty-free lifestyle to friends, families, co-workers and even strangers. It seems everyone has an opinion about vegans. When Jyoti put the call out for people wanting to join a new activist collective I was keen to find out more, and we have since formed the Animal ACTivism Collective along with a bunch of other fabulous Canberran veg*ns. A big part of my motivation to become a more active voice on issues concerning our non-human friends comes from my own ignorance and the guilt I feel at having contributed for so many years to the suffering and death of so many animals - not because I didn't care but because I just didn't know, and I didn't take the time to find out. So I want to help get more information and knowledge out there, not just about all the bad stuff that happens behind closed doors, but also how easy and rewarding it is to live a happy, healthy life which in no way relies on the use and abuse of animals.
Tim and I live in Belconnen with our adopted bunny, Arbie, and soon we will have some little people running around as we are in the final stages of applying to be foster carers. I have worked mainly in childcare, but I'm in my final year of law at ANU so see my future either working within the growing field of 'animals and the law' or in child protection. Looking forward to meeting you all at events soon :-)

 

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