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FamousVeggie.com's Celebrity Interview with
Carol Givner

1.What type of vegetarian are you?(vegan,lacto,lacto ovo,etc.)
Vegan.
2.At what age did you make the decision to go vegan?
I was 20.

3.What was your reason for going vegan?
The reasons came from powerful memories from my childhood. I used to watch my grandmother prepare dead animals for dinner on the kitchen counter when I was growing up. Sometimes the blood would drip down the cabinets onto the floor. My grandfather on the other side of the family made luggage the old fashioned way. He'd throw the hides, still in the shapes of the skinned animals, onto the workbench in his factory and cut out the suitcase patterns. The brutality seemed so out of place with the gentle personalities of the people I loved. I decided that they must have never realized they had a choice. And I decided that when I was old enough to have a life of my own, I'd never knowingly be part of any animal industry.
4.What(if anything) do you find hard about being vegan?
Not anything really. Food shopping is fun because I don't have to go down the dead animal aisle. Cooking is wonderful, no salmonella or bacteria anywhere. The gorgeous colors of fruits and vegetables make even my cooking look tasty. And every restaurant serves potatoes or rice.

5.Do you find that you feel better or worse since going vegan?
Much, much better. I have limitless energy. I never really get tired. I can work out, play tennis, ride my bike on the beach, knowing that the foods I've chosen are life giving.

6.What about animal rights do you have any thoughts on that?
All animals, from butterflies to humans, have the same rights. The right to live out their life spans uninterrupted. The right to freedom. And the right to happiness. I could never be so egocentric as to think that humans are the highest animals. The circle of death in the animal industries is fueled by greed and viciousness. It is up to the individual to spare as many lives as possible.

7.How far do you go? Do you wear leather?Visit circuses?Etc?
I never go to circuses or zoos. Too sad. And I couldn't cope with the anger I'd feel if I did go. I don't wear leather or carry leather purses. Once, in one of those upscale stores that carried lots of items no one needs, I saw a pair of bookends shaped like elephants and covered with leather. I swear I could hear the screams of the skinned animals. It took me days to calm down.
I don't eat honey or yeast breads, and I don't use cosmetics with animal ingredients or any that are tested on animals.

8.What about family and friends are they understanding of this lifestyle?
Definitely. My family is mostly vegan. They know that dinner at my house has no animal products whatsoever.

9.What are some dumb things you hear from non-vegetarians?
"You can never get the vitamins you need." (Actually, all vitamins can be found in fruits and vegetables.)
"You can only get protein from eating protein." (No, your body can't digest or use the protein in animal products. All amino acids, the building blocks of protein, are found in fruit.)
"Your bones will break." (Ridiculous. Just the opposite. The more animal protein ingested, the more calcium is leached out of bones.)
"You must feel embarrassed at parties." (Hardly. I'm embarrassed for the people eating dead animals.)
"Don't you hate being different?" (I love being an individual. Being different means someone's thinking, not just following the herd.)
"Humans were meant to digest meat." (Humans were meant to digest fruit.)
"How can you turn down a nice juicy steak?" (Easy. The "juice" is actually blood.)

10.Tell the readers where they may have seen you before.
On Bestseller Lists, at booksignings, National Public Radio, Wired Magazine, Time Magazine, the internet, tv commercials, stage plays.
It's that limitless energy thing. :)

11.Do you have any new books/projects coming up in the future?
Several of my novels will be released within the next year. JUNGLE, the sequel to BING, BANG, BOOM, also IN THE BUFF, a romantic comedy from LionHearted Publishers. FLIGHT OF THE NIGHTINGALE about a teenage girl who saves herself from an abusive family, BETSY DID IT, a children's book.
I will have the privilege of directing two of my works live – MA, a stage play about a young widow who reinvents her life, and BEVERLY BEVERLY, a play about change.
I'm the CEO of Studio E, the first multimedia studio on the web. We'll have an internet radio station 24/7 with live up and coming bands and webcasts. Also a readers theatre called VOICES with some of the most famous and talented actors in the business. And VINEYARD, a soap opera like nothing you've never heard before. We have a screening room and will sponsor our own film festival.

12.Do you have any pets?
I didn't want a pet for many years, because I thought it was cruel to keep an animal and deny it freedom. But, one day, I came across a dog that had been ruined by a breeder, who'd docked its tail among other horrors. He'd been severely inbred to create a beautiful coat, thereby creating a mess of problems. He was going to be destroyed, and I thought that would be such a shame. We became buddies and I took him home and turned him into a vegan. :) He ate avocados and potatoes and drank filtered water. Duke lived out his long life in happiness and peace listening to rock music.

13. Do you know any other famous vegetarians?
I wrote the first ebook, a time-travel adventure, on the web in 1996 about fellow vegan, Bryan Adams. Fortunately, he didn't sue me and published the beginning in his slick fan mag, BADNEWS.

14. What are some of your favorite things to eat?
watermelon sorbet
cauliflower with sesame
asparagus with lemon
baked potatoes with chives and dill
pasta with olives and mushrooms
crepes stuffed with sauteed snow peas and tofu
green peppers stuffed with rice, spinach and tomatoes
chocolate mousse pie


15.What would you like to tell people about going vegetarian?
The best thing you can do for your own health and the health of the planet is to become vegetarian or vegan. You have nothing to lose by trying it out for a few months, and if you don't feel just wonderful, you can at least know you've made a choice. And you've done something noble in the meantime.

16.Have any last thoughts or words of wisdom?
The internet has brought us the Age of the Individual. We are no longer a planet ruled by fear and ignorance, because we are each other's witnesses through the power of communication. No good deed will go unnoticed, and no evil can flourish in secrecy. Excellent sites, like FamousVeggie.com, are spokespeople for those who cannot speak for themselves.
Animals have souls and hearts. They feel joy and grief. They rely on us to lead them away from the slaughterhouses, to rescue them from poachers and pain.