Kathy Freston was in attendance at the 25th Anniversary Farm Sanctuary gala as both a guest and an honoree. She was given the Healthy Living Advocate Award.
The veganist looked stunning in white and was so moved by the event that she was in tears when she approached the stage to accept her award.
We were able to catch up with the author in the VIP section early in the evening. Check out the interview below. And for those who want to know what Ms. Freston was thinking when Martha Stewart took out honey during the vegan episode, you’ll find that out too.
Ecorazzi: How did you get involved with Farm Sanctuary?
Kathy Freston: Farm Sanctuary to me is the best place to see the animals up close and because I’m a vegan activist I’m always trying to get people to see the light on why not to eat animals. I think that Farm Sanctuary is the best place to go to see who these guys are, who the little critters are and then once you get to know them you don’t want to eat them.
Ecorazzi: Have you been to either of the farms?
Kathy Freston: I haven’t been to the farm yet but I feel like I know a lot of the animals because I look at the emails and the videos that Gene sends out and it’s like a big family. They are so close to every one of their animals so I feel like I know them even though I haven’t been up there.
Ecorazzi: Can you talk a bit about what is a Veganist?
Kathy Freston: A veganist is someone who is intensely interested in all things vegan, all the effects of being vegan just like a violinist is someone who wants to get better and better at the violin. A veganist is someone who wants to go further in their understanding of all the implications of going vegan.
Ecorazzi: There was a bit of controversy in the vegan world when Martha Stewart whipped out the honey. What were you thinking at that moment?
Kathy Freston: I’m a real believer in progress, not perfection. I think it’s so fantastic that Martha Stewart was talking about vegan. She devoted a whole show to being vegan. So I was thrilled and I certainly wouldn’t want to call someone out just because of one ingredient that’s not totally pure because I think it’s all about leaning into it. And as ambassadors for animals and as ambassadors for the vegan movement it’s our job to be kind not only to animals but to people as well.