Smarties Executive, Liz Dee, Talks Compassionate Candy
You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone in America who doesn’t have a childhood memory of Smarties candies. Turns out, these nostalgic sweets are as compassionate as they are colorful.
Liz Dee, granddaughter of the candy creator and current company executive, is proud to let consumers know that the iconic Smarties candies are 100% vegan. A page on the company’s website is dedicated to the cruelty-free declaration, stating, “There is no need to worry about your dietary and ethical choices coming in conflict with satisfying a sweet tooth.” It goes on to say, “We are delighted to offer a compassionate candy to satisfy the vegan sweet tooth!” Even the gummy candies offered by the candy company are free of animal products.
Dee grew up a devoted omnivore, but after doing some research at work to answer customers’ questions about whether or not the candies were vegan, the executive became a vegan “in a matter of minutes”. She told Mercy for Animals, “As I was researching veganism and figuring out how to write about it, I experienced a complete change of heart. The information was so compelling, the evidence so concrete, and the suffering so abominable, that I became convinced to go vegan myself.” She adds, “In short, animal products are cruel and unnecessary, and I feel much better off without them!”
The compassionate businesswoman stays true to her veganism by eschewing all animal products. She says, “I also avoid purchasing, wearing, or using non-vegan clothes or products.” But she takes her morals and ethics one step further by advocating for animals. “I love participating in animal advocacy; it fills me with hope. Last year, I overcame my fear of leafleting and now leaflet regularly. It is an incredibly empowering way to advocate for animals,” she proclaims. Dee also volunteers with local vegan student groups, lends her time and efforts to Mercy For Animals and is an associate producer for Our Hen House podcast.
The vegan entrepreneur encourages others like her to continue their brave commitments to the animals. Dee shares some advice for other animal lovers who are spreading the cruelty-free message in the business world. “Vegan businesses should strive to be better than their non-vegan rivals in every way. Through appealing to omnivores and vegans alike, you hugely expand your target market. This allows for the possibility of greater success and a larger impact for farmed animals”, she says. Her message is as strong as her morals, and it is wonderful to see in a world that has the potential to be all about profit.
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