Vegan advocate promotes no-meat diet

By Jackie Robinson - Staff Reporter

Not eating meat is better for humans and for animals is what a group tried to convince the Highline campus.

An intern from the non-profit organization The Humane League was handing out fliers that promoted a vegan lifestyle on campus Monday, Oct. 24.

Plant based eating is better for everyone, said league representative Houston Wong.

"It's important to tell people the truth about where their food comes from, so that they can know the impact on human health, the environment and animals," he said.

Wong works as "a grass-roots intern" for the Seattle sector of The Humane League.

"I got involved with working with them two years ago," said Wong. "I have a bachelor's degree from British Columbia University in computer science."

Wong quit his job for the opportunity to work with The Humane League.

"I was working for Microsoft," he said. "But I found out about animal rights issues. I got involved with online campaigns and then decided to leave Microsoft and take an intern position with The Humane League."

His passion for animals fueled his job change.

"I started to realize that animals are very much so the majority that is overlooked by society," he said.

As an intern, Wong said he distributes information and tables events at high schools, colleges and public events. He works with a team of about six employees on the local level.

The Human League has a much bigger outreach than Washington, he said.

"They are local, national and global. On the global level they produce plant based eating lifestyle media. They educate people around the world," said Wong.

A large part of Wong's job is going into high schools and colleges to educate students.

"These kids are growing up and they are at a point in their life where they are gaining independence and starting to make choices separate from their parent's views," he said. "It is an important time to tell them the effects of eating animals."

On the college level, Wong said they try to go to as many schools as possible.

"During the school year we try come out a few times a year to every school."

Aside from handing out fliers earlier this week, there are no immediate plans to have a formal educational event at Highline, he said.

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