About Empathy For Animals

The Goal:

Empathy For Animals promotes positive change for animals by discussing norms in society viewed as acceptable while challenging other views on animal rights and their place in our culture. Empathy For Animals wants humanity to realize the truth with relatable reasoning. Although we tend to use emotion and feeling to connect to others, we also use this information as an informative approach to open the eyes of others that empathy exists in all forms of life. Anyone can make a change for animals; it all starts with empathy: the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

The Story:

First of all, let me start out by introducing myself & stating why I started the site. My name is Kailei. I have been vegetarian since ~2007. At the time, I was 11 years old. My inspiration towards a change in empathy for animals is drastic, and has always been (hence the name). I have always loved animals and it wasn't till I was a little older that I realized what the hypocrite I was. Like everyone else, I pondered upon the idea of how one could love one animal, and eat the next. It just simply did not make sense and I would beat myself up over it, thinking it was my fault, why the world is the way it is today. As you could possibly imagine, I was constantly looked and talked down upon from previous friends and family because of having a different opinion. But to me, this was no opinion, this was logic & the way of life. Due to societal discrimination, it took me years & years to build the confidence I have today about my lifestyle; though it should not be that way, for finding truth & reason is such a beautiful thing. I hope you can see that some day, too. By starting this journey for truth at a young age, I know that being different than a majority of the population isn't easy. But change isn't easy. So, I'm here to tell you that it's not; it's not your fault, it's their fault. The people who contribute to support these inhumane practices for the sake of taste, entertainment, fashion, or whatever the case may be. You can make a difference simply by the choices you make every single day. I don't care what the world does. You're not the world, you are you. And you can make the change for the world... for yourself... and for the animals. Follow me in my journey as I go through my every day life supporting my new found truth with those who support me.

Thank you for being a part of the change for animals, for every positive difference is still a step forward towards animal liberation.

{It’s entirely possible that animal compassion runs through my veins}.

~Kailei, Founder of Empathy For Animals 

Veggie Fest 2013 Overview


Aug 15

logo2013.fwIf you haven’t already been to the Veggie Fest that takes place every summer in Naperville, IL I’m not quite sure what you’re waiting for! In fact, it’s the largest in the nation and at no entrance fee, not stopping by would be unavoidable!

From live cooking demos, free vegetarian food samples, animal rights organizations, live music, vegetarian and vegan food vendors, spiritual speakers, and even activities for children, Veggie Fest makes it easy to enjoy yourself and celebrate your lifestyle with likeminded people; and even learn what a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle has to offer with lots of free goodies and warm welcome hands for those who plan to begin their journey and make a difference.

You’d be surprised to find how comforting and welcoming the Veggie Fest is for people of all kinds. The Veggie Fest is really for anyone – vegans, vegetarians, animal lovers, or people who just want to get more familiar with this lifestyle and become more educated on the health benefits, behind the scenes reality and learn more about compassion and the world around them; all in return allows us to learn more about ourselves and other cultures.

Various food vendors allow visitors to test on vegan and vegetarian foods with many different cuisines from around the world: Indian, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, American, Mexican, Greek, and even raw food. And of course, dessert! Each vendor clearly specifies whether their food is vegan or not by a green “V” next to the item. Finding delicious veg food that leaves you with a good conscious is at your fingertips!

If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out an event like Veggie Fest, I highly recommend you see if there’s something like it going on in your area. Regardless if you have attended an event like it, we can all agree that it’s not only a great opportunity to educate the public, but also a great way to praise and celebrate vegetarians and vegans who are already making a difference and allowing others to give it a try. To learn more about the Veggie Fest, go here.

I am really looking forward to the Chicago Vegan Mania fest taking place next month on September 21st in my hometown!

What’s your favorite veg-related fest or event?

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