Reading Time: < 1 minute Mercy For Animals paid tribute to Brenner's death (Photo: Mercy For Animals)
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Natasha Brenner – a dedicated vegan and animal-rights advocate – has died, aged 98. 

Brenner, who went vegan in her mid-70s, garnered global media attention during her 90s due to her activism and physical health. 

‘Inspired so many’

Nonprofit Mercy For Animals paid tribute to the New Yorker by reposting an interview with Brenner when she was 96-years-old. 

The charity wrote on Instagram: “A beloved friend to animals, Natasha inspired so many of us with her decades of activism and reminded us that it’s never too late to use your voice to change the world.”

‘I love being a vegan’

In the video, Brenner states: “I’m an animal activist. That’s what I try to spend my days doing -actions on my computer -every single day… I love being a vegan because I’m not hurting any animals. I’ve been vegetarian since 1972… 

“If you saw a child on the street that was crying or suffering or whatever you would do what you could for that child. Well, I don’t see the difference if you saw an animal of any kind. 

“They have a language, just because we don’t understand it doesn’t mean it’s not there – certainly they [feel] pain and suffering and I don’t want to be contributing to that.”

Liam Gilliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.