Activist Profile: Katie Pryor
September 21, 2011
Continuing our series of activist profiles: While we mourn the departure from VO of Eileen Botti, we rejoice that the great Katie Pryor, a former volunteer of Eileen’s, is taking over Eileen’s spot as VO's New York City Outreach Coordinator.
Where are you from and where do you live now?
I am originally from Lake Camelot, a residential neighborhood, in Mapleton, Illinois. Mapleton is a small farm town about 35 miles southwest of Peoria, Illinois, close to the Illinois River. I have since lived in St. Louis, Missouri, Watertown, NY, and Buffalo, NY. I currently live in New York, NY! I am a true New Yorker at heart and I cannot fathom how I haven’t lived here my entire life.
What are your favorite things to do outside of leafleting?
I love to camp, read, hike, and hang with my friends. I also love school and learning new things. I have my B.S. in Mathematics and am currently earning my M.S. in Environmental Sciences. I will graduate with my Masters in May 2012 and have been applying to PhD programs of the same nature. I want to learn everything I can to help prevent the suffering of animals and possibly teach Humane Education in a university setting.
Who is a major influence in your life?
Eileen Botti is a major influence in my life. I met her while working against circus cruelty in NYC. She is the most amazing vegan activist I have ever met and she inspired me to do more to help animals. She introduced me to amazing vegan restaurants around NYC and has always been a great voice for animals.
How long have you been involved in animal rights and how did you get interested?
I have been involved in animal rights for five years. I initially was inspired at an environmental conference. I overheard some fellow conference attendees talking about the horrors of factory farming; when I got home, I looked up the topic on the internet. I was shocked at what I saw and read and immediately decided to devote my life to preventing this from continuing. Since then, I have volunteered and worked for other AR groups and organized vegetarian clubs and events at various colleges and universities.
What made you decide to start leafleting?
I began leafleting because I saw how effective it was through circus outreach. I began to think that if it was so effective in that arena, then why wouldn’t it be in another? I volunteered with Eileen Botti for Vegan Outreach and was amazed at the positive reactions we received!! Since then, there has been no stopping me. :)
What was your most positive leafleting experience and why?
My most positive leafleting experience was at the College of Staten Island last year. A guy came up to me saying that he went veg from looking at a Vegan Outreach booklet he found in the library the previous year. I realized that I was the one who had left it! I was studying for finals and had left booklets in the library one morning. It was so amazing that such a simple act could turn someone’s life around and save so many animals.