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all words and photos: Jonna Humphries

The DC VegFest this past Saturday was a perfect blend of informative and delicious, ranging from animal cruelty advocates exposing the terrors of rabbit abuse to dessert chefs dishing out [insertyourfavoritedessert] more than good enough to bring bliss to [inserteveryoneyouknow]. Thousands were in attendance, including vegetarian/vegan celebs such as Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Wayne PacelleFor the recently reported 8.3% of DC residents who claim to eat meat-free, this festival was a dream. For others, it was packed with reason to drop the meat. We stopped by, took some photos of the festivities AND

ASKED PEOPLE NOSHING AROUND WHY ARE THEY VEGAN?

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Danielle Konya, Owner, Vegan Treats Why are you vegan? “To preserve the integrity of all living things.”

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Doron Petersan, Owner, Sticky Fingers Bakery, Why are you vegan? “Because it’s better for the animals, better for the planet, and better for me.”

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Brennan Gerald, Vegan Chef, Dffrnt World Deli, Why are you vegan? “It’s the only way to truly achieve optimal health.”

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Lana Lehr, Founder and Managing Director, RabbitWise Inc. and Paulette Lincoln-Baker, Volunteer Director, RabbitWise Inc. Why are you vegan? Lana: “Because I can’t tolerate what we do to animals.” Paulette: “The rabbit opened my eyes.”

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Theresa Sarzynski, Vice President, Board of Directors, For The Animals Sanctuary Why are you vegan? “I don’t want anyone to suffer for me…my taste buds do not justify cruelty.”
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Richard Johnson, Compassion Over Killing, Why are you Vegan? “Three reasons: I don’t want to continue the factory farm system, health reasons, and environmental reasons.”
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Arash Arabasadi and Nima Khalilian, owners, Burrito Bandits Why are you vegan? Arash: “I love animals.” Nima: “For health reasons.”

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Alexandra, Back to the Roots, “I prefer to have control over the food I’m eating.”

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Plokio Fojol, Translator and Nukaloo Fojol, Poet/Scribe/Actor/Model, Fojol Bros. of Merlindia Plokio: “I love vegetables!”  Nukaloo: “I am veg for yoga girls on P Street.”

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Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Vegan Chef and Best-Selling Author, Why are you vegan? “For the animals.”

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