The Vegan 411 with peta2's Spring Tour Crew

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Posted February 12, 2014 by Christopher Merrow

Over the next few months, these folks will embark on an awe-inspiring, lifesaving journey across the country as they speak up for some of the most abused animals on the planet.

Who knows? Maybe you’ll meet one of these fine people on a college campus or at the next concert you attend. Get inspired by their dedication, and maybe someday you can work for peta2, too!

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Hutton Baird

Tell us about yourself.

I’m 26. I’m color blind, but I’m pretty sure that my favorite color is red. I have a strict (vegan) energy drink diet, and I love koalas, traveling, PB&J sandwiches, video games, and Magic: The Gathering. I also play acoustic music under the name “Buttons.”

What advice would you give to young people who want to help animals?

Treat every animal as if he or she were a member of your own family. We and animals must live on this planet together, and we should see them as equals who love, feel, and want to be happy in this life, just as we do. We have no right to do anything other than love and respect them, allowing them to do as they please. If we don’t do that, we have destroyed another life, even if our actions didn’t result in an immediate death, because we’ve taken away someone else’s opportunity to choose for themselves.


Anja Oberhammer

Tell us about yourself.

I’m a 22-year-old vegan vagabond who wants to change the world. I love weightlifting, going to shows, and eating.

What have you been listening to lately?

Brand New, American Nightmare, Manchester Orchestra, Astronautalis, Cruel Hand, P.O.S., Bright Eyes, Terror, Lydia, Cro-Mags, Earth Crisis, Slipknot, Rick Ross, Waka Flocka Flame, Title Fight

Ashley Abdenour

Ashley Abdenour

Tell us about yourself.

I’m a Michigan native, an “almost” college graduate, and a traveler. Over the last few years, I have been interning and working for various nonprofits and organizations on their outreach efforts in the music world. Music has always been a huge passion of mine, in addition to animal rights. I am so blessed to have found a way to bring them together for the greater good. I get to travel and reach out to people around the world in the hope of raising awareness of the cruelty behind the meat, dairy, clothing, and entertainment industries in order to help save the lives of thousands of animals. I couldn’t imagine a better way to spend my days!

What advice would you give to new vegans?

It’s not as hard or as scary as you might think. You’re saving animals, living a more sustainable lifestyle (saving the Earth!), and helping put a stop to cruelty. You’re taking part in something that’s bigger than yourself by showing compassion for animals. And going vegan is so much easier than you think. Everywhere you go, there are vegan options, and ultimately, you will feel better inside and out.

Brian Lutz

Brian Lutz

Tell us about yourself.

I’m from Raleigh, North Carolina. I like eating pizza, being straight-edge, riding bikes, and playing music with my band, Iselia.

What kind of music are you into?

Algernon Cadwallader, Empire! Empire!, I Was a Lonely Estate, Foxing, and Greaver

Any tips for new vegans?

Download tons of “Is it vegan?” apps if you have a smart phone. I use them literally every day to make sure that what I’m eating is cruelty-free.

Austin Hoefler

Austin Hoefler

What kind of music have you been listening to?

Left for Dead, Cold World, War Hungry, Infest, The Mongoloids, Toxic Holocaust, and all the other thrash metal

What advice do you have for new vegans?

Read ingredients thoroughly, grab some nutritional yeast (and add it to everything!), and do NOT worry too much about protein, because it’s in a lot more foods than just meat, eggs, and tofu.

Sacha Sweet

Sacha Sweet

Tell us about yourself.

I’m from Wilmington, North Carolina. I read a lot and ride my bicycle. If I’m not touring for peta2, I’m working with my local animal rights group in Wilmington! Life rules.

What kind of advice do you have for new vegans?

Don’t just eat one thing all the time. Avoid salad at all costs. And if anyone makes fun of you, punch them. Haha, jk!

Dave Gunn

Dave Gunn

Tell us about yourself.

I keep it vegan and straight-edge and sleep in weird places all over the country. I am a writer, a film snob, a rider of bikes, a hitchhiker, and a soda lover. Everything is important and interesting to me. I haven’t told a lie since 2007.

What have you been listening to lately?

A Wilhelm Scream, Cursive, Nine Inch Nails, Owen, Propagandhi, and Ke$ha.

 What advice do you have for people thinking about going vegan?

Don’t sweat the small stuff, but always keep learning, try your best, and never forget how urgent it is that you go (and stay) vegan. The success of this movement depends on our dedication to it, so never back down from a conversation and stay true to what you believe in. Oh, and Daiya is good on everything.

Alana Wagy

Alanna Wagy

Tell us about yourself.

I’m always interested in learning more, and I love traveling to new places. Spending time with friends and family is one of my favorite things to do. Scoping out new music and chilling at home is how I spend most of my free time.

What advice would you give to new vegans?

Research everything, and join a local animal rights group.

Nima Wheeler

Nima Wheeler

Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia

What advice would you give to new vegans?

Do the best that you can. It’s not a contest to be the best. It’s about the difference that you personally can make.


Fay Schwieger

Hometown: Morshausen, Germany (a village of 300 people in the middle of the country)

What are your favorite bands?

The Doors, AC/DC, Rammstein, Fiona Apple, Black Flag, Toten Holen, and Iggy Pop

What advice would you give to new vegans?

It’s not about being superior. It’s about doing your best to live a cruelty-free lifestyle.

Ever dream of seeing the country while promoting animal rights?  We’re currently accepting applications for our summer tour season.

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It’s time for YOU to finally have a good answer to the question “So what do you do for a living?”

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  • 628 days ago

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    Hi there! I spoke briefly with Fay today and was hoping she and the rest of the team was in the UMass area to answer a few more questions.

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