Rachel Shockey

RachelSsmActivist Profile: April 17, 2013

Where do you live now?

I’ve lived in Northern Kentucky, five minutes south of Cincinnati, for going on 14 years.

What are your favorite things to do outside of leafleting?

I love going to the beach, reading, watching documentaries, traveling, spending time with friends, and volunteering to help animals and people.

Who has been / is a major influence in your life and why?

So many people inspire and have influenced me that it would be impossible to pick just a few. I’m inspired by anyone who is working and sacrificing to make the world a better place. People who have been through difficult circumstances but still choose to reach out and help those around them also inspire me. Activists, both current and from history, have inspired, motivated, and encouraged me to never give up and keep working to make a difference because change is possible and necessary.

How long have you been involved in animal rights and how did you get interested?

I watched Meet Your Meat in high school and was horrified, but was unsure what to do, so I pushed the images to the back of my mind. Five years later, while I was reading a book completely unrelated to animal rights, I decided to rethink my food choices. I decided to try being vegetarian for a day, and I ended up never looking back. A year after going vegetarian I began to get involved in animal activism in Cincinnati. So far I’ve been involved in activism for a year and a half, and it’s been amazing!

What was your most positive leafleting experience?

I’ve leafleted a few Pride parades, and it has been my favorite venue so far. The atmosphere is one of excitement, love, acceptance, and solidarity. Also everyone is friendly and open to getting a leaflet. It’s so great to spend the day leafleting with other activists and supporting the LGBT community, two causes that I love and support.

What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?

I would say that I was also hesitant to leaflet at first. But after making myself get out there, I was excited to see the positive responses and know I was making a difference for farm animals. I would also encourage them to get out of their comfort zone.