Catherine Berlot

  • Funds Raised: $1,361
  • Fundraising Goal: $1,500
I learned about the horrors of animal agriculture when I moved to a region in rural Pennsylvania where chickens, pigs, cows, sheep, goats, red deer, and mink are farmed. Learning these realities convinced me to become a vegan. After living in this vegan-unfriendly region for thirteen years, I moved to Portland, OR, where numerous opportunities for vegan activism abound. Among these, I have taught an online plant-based nutrition course for University of Western States and handed out leaflets at Portland State University. I will be forever grateful to Vic Sjodin (in the photo with me, my husband Tom Hynes, and Sprout, Vic's dog) for teaching me how to leaflet! When I leaflet here, it is gratifying to encounter people who are already vegan and thank me for what I’m doing. But I’m also pleased at how open-minded many others appear to be to the concept of reducing their consumption of animal products.

My latest activity is starting an organization, PDX VEG, which seeks to empower people to shift towards a diet that benefits humans, other animals, and our planet by providing three-week Veg Challenges that include cooking demos, a Vegan Mentor Program, practical tips, inspiration, and community, all free of charge. The next Veg Challenge starts on June 22, 2019. Please encourage anyone you know who might benefit from this to sign up here.

I am very glad Vegan Outreach is helping so many people, many of them quite young, to learn the facts about how our consumption choices affect animals so that they can choose a more compassionate life style. Please support Vegan Outreach’s continued efforts to reduce animal suffering.

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