Christine Morrissey

Christine Morrissey

Empowered by compassion for the animals, fueled with Avocado Sushi and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, named one of the best Local Activists in the BEST OF VEG 2004 contest, meet Christine Morrissey and learn what she’s doing to help the animals…

Profession: Education Coordinator, Contra Costa County Bar Association, Martinez

City: Oakland
Age: 24

How many years [vegetarian/vegan]? 10 Years

What motivated you to make this change?
At age 14, I entered the workforce on the wrong-foot as a cashier at McDonald’s. I came to my senses quickly and quit my job under the Golden Arches. After viewing the documentary “To Love or Kill: Man vs. Animals,” subsequently, I stopped eating meat–cold turkey. Several years later, I adopted a vegan diet.

What are you working on?
I work with East Bay Animal Advocates. Established in May 2003, EBAA is a nonprofit organization based in the Bay Area. Powered by nearly 200 volunteer supporters, EBAA defends animals harmed in agriculture, entertainment, fashion, science and beyond. EBAA is always looking for volunteers for our education, rescue, and advocacy programs. EBAA is delighted to share our recent achievements:

  • Rescued 35 farmed animals from California’s Central Valley
  • Distributed thousands of pieces of humane educational literature to the public
  • Featured in the media over 15 times
  • Organized over 100 outreach events in the San Francisco Bay Area

I am currently working on several farmed animal investigations. As well, I spend time organizing frequent public outreach events (i.e. feed-ins, workshops) to promote vegetarianism in the East Bay. Two months ago, I completed the training to become a Level One humane officer in the State of California.

Who/what inspires you to keep going?

Eminem & Poults (Baby Turkeys)

Favorite Quote:
“Let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live and let’s change the way we treat each other. You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us to do what we gotta do, to survive.” –Tupac Shakur

Favorite Movies:
Steel Magnolias, The Blair Witch Project & Apocalypse Now

Favorite Vegan Treats:

Burritos, Lanesplitter’s Vegan Pizza, Avocado Sushi & Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Companion Animals:
I share my Oakland apartment with Dutch, a gregarious pit bull/chow/lab mix. After rescuing Dutch from a car accident last year, I have been inseparable from this crazy canine. Dutch is a healthy vegan pup who is always looking for trouble!

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