Adalita is an energetic musician and founding member of rock band Magic Dirt. She belts out her passion and persona on our stages to the delight of many. But Adalita is so much more than her amazing music - she's a compassionate and strong woman who stands up for the rights of others. Adalita fronted ALV's campaign to abolish the experimenting and killing of rabbits in an undergrad course at Monash University. The campaign was successful! Adalita is also always upfront and positive about her vegan lifestyle.
Q: What made you become a vegan and when?
Adalita: I went vegan around ten years ago after reading about the farming methods used by the dairy industry. I was shocked and saddened by what happens to not only the female cows, who have to be kept constantly pregnant, but what also happens to their calves who are so cruelly discarded as being of 'no use' to the industry such as the bobby calves. I don't want to be a part of such horrendous and callous behaviour towards these innocent creatures. It's such a terrible industry and a lot of people just don't know what goes on or how the carton of cow's milk or dairy product they buy at the supermarket is made.
Q: What's your favourite meal?
Adalita: I love anything Asian, especially Thai and Vietnamese. One of my favourite dishes is salt and pepper tofu Schezuan style.
Q: What do you cook the best, do you have a favourite recipe you'd like to share?
Adalita: One of the best things I cook is a Chocolate Upside Down Pudding Cake. But it's not my recipe. It's from a book called "How It All Vegan" by Sarah Kramer and Tanya Barnard.
Q: Are many of your family and friends vegans?
Adalita: I know quite a few vegans. None of my family are, but I know a lot of musicians and artists who are.
Q: What makes you happy?
Adalita: Watching a cat move.
Q: What do you do to relax and unwind?
Adalita: Watch a British comedy series like The Mighty Boosh.
Q: How do you keep fit?
Adalita: Riding my bike is good. I like swimming too and yoga.
Q: Do you have a favourite movie/book/blog that inspired you that you'd like to share?
Adalita: I love a lot of Australian movies, like 'Picnic at Hanging Rock'. A great book to read is 'Monkey Grip' by Helen Garner.
Q: Do you have a favourite restaurant?
Adalita: I love Trippy Taco (234 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Victoria).
Q: What's been the best part of being a vegan?
Adalita: Knowing that I am not harming any animals with my consumer choices.
Q: Have you found any difficulties being vegan?
Adalita: No. I love it.
To read more about Adalita on Animal Liberation Youth's website click here.
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