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A former beef and dairy farmer has revealed she regrets being ‘complicit for so long’ and says she is now ‘committed to being part of the solution to shift to a plant-based economy’.

Jackie Norman, who worked in the beef and dairy industries for 18 years in New Zealand, made the comments in a statement sent to Plant Based News.

Norman also revealed that she will be speaking at the VegFestUK Summerfest Online event next weekend, sharing her ‘insights into these industries, as well as practical strategies for vegans and animal activists on how to speak to those still working in animal agriculture’.

Vegan Women’s Leadership network

She will be speaking as part of VegFest’s partnership with the recently launched Vegan Women’s Leadership Network, in a pre-recorded video presentation which is part of the series of panels and talks curated by the Network.

“This has been probably the most difficult and emotional talk I’ve done,”

Norman, a member of the network, said in a statement sent to PBN. “I really hope it helps other activists to create the positive change we want to see in the world. I was complicit for so long. I’m glad I finally saw the light and am committed to being part of the solution to shift to a plant-based economy.”

Katrina Fox is the founder of the Vegan Women’s Leadership Network

‘Blown away’

Katrina Fox, founder of the Vegan Women’s Leadership Network, said she was blown away by Norman’s story after Norman joined the global ethical leadership community and knew that this would be an important presentation.

“We need all the help we can get in communicating with animal-based farmers without the constant ‘us versus them’ mentality so we can work together to eliminate animals from the food chain,” she added.

“Having a woman who’s worked in the beef and dairy industries for so long and who’s now passionate about promoting veganism is invaluable. I highly recommend people watch Jackie’s talk at VegFestUK.”

Other women speaking at the event include psychologist Clare Mann, publisher and disability rights advocate Kathy Divine; Alokparna Sengupta from Humane Society International – India; and Carolina Galvani of Sinergia Animal in Brazil among others.

VegfestUK Summerfest Online takes place on August 14-16. You can find out more here

Maria Chiorando

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.