My name is Karen Coyne. I have been vegan for nearly a decade because I believe the most important way to respect the rights of animals is to not kill or eat them. California has been my home since I was two weeks old, but I was born in Indiana. My grandparents were farmers back in Indiana and actually raised cows to be butchered. I remember as a child thinking that that seemed kind of sad, but it’s just the way things were, and I figured adults knew what was right. Then I grew up. Now I enjoy a cruelty-free diet, and I’ve learned to think for myself and listen to my conscience, rather than other people, as a voice to guide me to do what is right. I have been an entrepreneur for the past four years and run a successful home-based business. However, I’m ready for a career change, so I plan to start teaching high school English in the fall. I enjoy a number of things, such as spending time at the beach with my dog, doing outdoor activities, and going to the movies. I think it’s important to enjoy life, and I’m thankful for the freedom to do so. But I believe that all beings should have the right to those same freedoms, especially the freedom to live a life free from abuse. Until that day comes, none of us can find complete happiness and enjoyment in life, while some of us are still suffering.
I became involved in animal rights issues soon after I discovered the travesty of factory farming and the power that the meat, dairy, and egg industries have in controlling the “facts” we learn about a proper diet.