Lynda Cozart

Lynda Cozart

Activist Profile: April 29, 2015

Where are you from?

​I was born in Sheffield, Alabama, but my dad was career Army and we moved frequently. So I’m not really from anywhere.

What got you interested in veganism and animal advocacy?

I was vegetarian, but not vegan, when I moved to Richmond, VA. I saw a flyer for a vegetarian society and thought it would be a good way to meet people. A woman I met there kept inviting me to her animal rights group meetings and events. I finally went to one, Fur-Free Friday in 1990.

The group tried to cover all issues, so I assume my first veg event was the Great American Meatout the following March. We also did outreach for Earth Day, anti-veal demonstrations for Mother’s Day, etc.

Who has been a major influence in your life?

I could never list them all. But the woman I met at the vegetarian society also guided me to veganism. I remember when I was considering giving up cheese (there were no good vegan cheeses in those days), she suggested I could start with giving up cheeses with rennet. After she told me what rennet was, I was happy to take that step. It wasn’t that hard, and soon I took another step. And here I am.

There are many like her out there. Few would recognize their names, but they influence many.

You’ve been leafleting for a long time, totally as a volunteer. What is it about leafleting that compels you devote so much time to it?

I think leafleting is what I can do best. I’m not a good speaker, writer, etc. I promote veganism because of the sheer number of animals and because what to eat is a decision everyone must make every day. Also, when I went to the vegetarian society events in Richmond, I went for social reasons. I was still exploring where to volunteer. The more I learned about veganism, the more I realized by promoting it I was also working for many other causes I cared about – the environment, world hunger, etc.

Lynda Cozart at Columbia Heights metrorail station
Lynda hands out Compassionate Choices at a Washington, DC metrorail station in 2008.

What do you do for fun when you’re not leafleting?

I recently retired and thought I’d do things I didn’t have time for when I worked, like learning to play bridge. But instead I help with college leafleting, weekday protests, etc. – things that are difficult for those who have work to do. I find that these activities bring me more satisfaction, and I enjoy being around other vegans and activists.

Do you have any advice for those hesitant about leafleting?

Just give it a try! You might be surprised by how much you like it. I was. I’m not usually that outgoing.

4 thoughts on “Lynda Cozart

  1. I met Lynda when I went to Miami for a protest in January this year. What a joy she is! Committed, dedicated, and tireless, with a wonderful dry wit. And the respect she has there amongst her colleagues is impressive.


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