Vegetarians International Voice for Animals

Holly Maguire - Sussex

It is a very rewarding experience, especially on marches when you are among so many like-minded people.

Holly is the kind of campaigner who puts the rest of us to shame – and she’s only 13! Her campaigning CV includes writing letters to the press and supermarkets, speaking at Viva!’s national march against factory farming, taking part in demonstrations and distributing leaflets. She has investigated the sources of the meat served in her school canteen and raised money in sponsored events. She’s the living proof that not all “kids today” are only interested in consumer products and celebrities. We confidently expect her to be running Viva! in twenty years’ time – you heard it here first!

“I am 13 years old. I became a vegetarian when I was ten, when I read a Viva! leaflet about factory farming. I was disgusted at the conditions and the next time I was offered meat I couldn't face eating it. After that I found it easier to refuse meat and I never really wanted to eat it. I also became involved in fighting other causes such as vivisection, and felt compelled to raise money for charities such as Viva! and Animal Aid to help stop cruelty to animals. Me and my friend Charlotte held demonstrations and did sponsored events. It is a very rewarding experience, especially on marches when you are among so many like-minded people.”