As one of the media partners of VegFestUK London, taking place at London Olympia on September 27th and 28th, we are doing one special series of interviews with celebrities and special guests that will be speaking or performing during the event and also brands that will be exposing their vegan products there.
One of the things I’ve learned a long time ago is that we never know enough about anything. And we’re not able to get to know everyone involved in any matter either. I’m still learning about veganism after 17 years of being vegan and I’m always meeting and getting to know amazing vegan people from all over the world who are doing something really great for the animals.
Before getting involved with VegFestUK London 2014 I didn’t know anything about television presenter (and actress, dancer and acrobat/aerialist) Sarah Jane Honeywell. Better late than never, she’ll be one of the celebrities taking part of the festival and I had the pleasure to interview her:
Our readers outside the UK and Europe might not be familiar with you so tell us a little bit more about Sarah Jane Honeywell’s personal and professional life.
I am best known for the work I did on the kids TV Channel Cbeebies. Where I presented on Tikkabilla and Mighty Mites and also did a silent comedy called Higgledy House. I have also been in Cats in London’s West End and more recently I have done a few cameos in horror movies both short and full length features.
What has inspired you to go vegan?
I wrote a song years ago and then decided to do a video for it and I wanted it to be a way to bring animal cruelty to the masses. At the time I was just veggie but after watching that footage to edit it, I realised that actually the dairy industry is just if not even more cruel than the meat industry.
Are you able to spread the word about veganism in the different spheres of your professional life?
Yes, I did the half naked on a plate photo shoot for Peta for their ‘Relate to what’s on your plate’ campaign in 2011. Sadly that did cost my job at Cbeebies. But it was worth it.
I’ve recently read one research that showed that a big part of kids (around 74%) want to know where their food comes from and are very confused about the information available. As someone who is surrounded by kids, how do you think they see the relation meat x animals?
I honestly don’t think children associate meat with animals, I think it’s all part of the brain washing culture we are indoctrinated in to. I don’t have a problem with people eating meat as much as I have a problem with not knowing how they get their food and the ignorance they live on bliss with. If I had kids I would not frill up where their food comes from, I would tell them and show them the cold horrific truth. However, I wouldn’t make my kids be vegan either. I’d let them make their own informed choices. After all it’s their life.
You’ll be part of the kids activities during VegFestUK London happening on September. Have you been to festivals like this before? What’s your favorite part about them?
Yes I did one in Brighton. My favourite part is all the vegan treats I can buy!
What can we expect from your guest presence in the festival? Will you be approaching any topics relating to veganism or animals with the kids while singing, dancing and cooking plant-based recipes with Captain James Tea Cook?
I think I’ll just be there. I’ve had a tough year and so I’m looking forward to all the wonderful food and learning new things myself. I’ll get involved but I’m just there to meet people and join in as directed.
(All images courtesy of Sara Jane Honeywell, reproduced from her official website)