Melanie Wright

Location:

Scottsdale, AZ

Member since:

February 28, 2012

Introduction

Hello, Everyone! My name is Melanie, and at the age of 32, I have been vegan for 12 years now and vegetarian for 17 years. I have a passion for easing the suffering of our fellow beings, and I am finally looking to get in touch with others!!

What's your favorite veg-friendly restaurant in the Valley?

I am a huge proponent of Pita Jungle, as this establishment sustained me, during my undergraduate years at ASU in Tempe. Also, I have recently been introduced to Loving Hut and am officially addicted. A local animal activist friend of mine arrived at my annual holiday event at my home with select dishes from this amazing restaurant, which even had so-called carnivores hooked. Each year, I host an animal focused fundraiser for donations to local non-kill shelters. We raised over 500 pounds of dog and cat food the second year!!

What is appealing to you about a Veg-friendly lifestyle?

For my own ethical value system, I find the vegan lifestyle to be humane and respectful of those who share in this earthly condition. Essentially, it promotes a distinct connection with Mother Nature and all creatures that fall into the category of feeling emotion, regardless of how the experience of emoting is defined. Of course, I am also an advocate of the vegan mode of living for the positive health benefits. I have been working in the medical field for over 10 years, with a focus on oncology and hospice/palliative care. Thirdly, my recent experience of camaraderie with my newly formed friendship with a vegan member of a local animal shelter, has shown me how much I desire to further delve into the vegan community in Arizona. Being from Germany, my cousin has been encouraging me to get in touch with other vegans in my area (as she follows this way of life, as well).

Where would you like to see events?

I am currently in the process of moving to the Northwest area of Phoenix, but am open to making a trip virtually anywhere to share in the community.

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