My name is Crystal Kendell. I am currently a student at Utah State University studying Geology. I spent two years at the University of Utah as a Physics major, but decided that Geology was more to my liking. My father is a geologist, so I was raised on the stuff. He would bring home samples and hold me up so I could see them through his microscope. It was great.
I was born not too many years ago in Billings, Montana, 1979, on a cold November day. I moved to Utah when I was ten, and it was here that I discovered that using animals is morally wrong. I lived where a city was not too far away, but farms surrounded me. There was a small ranch nearby that specialized in training horses for show. There were many cattle, and even a large chicken factory down the road. Living in that type of setting really gives a person a unique perspective.
I enjoy many things, but chief among them is running. I ran track and cross-country all through high school and my first year of college. I’ve always been athletic, and enjoy being active.
I also love to do graphic design. That is one thing that I have been able to use as an activist: there is always a newsletter or flier that needs to be put together.
I became involved in animal rights issues slowly. I had been a vegetarian for a few years but felt I wasn’t doing enough. I went through a transition to veganism, and then to activism. I didn’t just want to be