(She carries Percy the Bear with her on every run.)
This female vegan marathon runner has dedicated her life to advocating a healthy vegan lifestyle, saving animals’ lives, and shattering the “weak” vegan myth by running–and winning a lot of–marathons world-wide. Her winnings support her self-run animal sanctuary in her native England and future travel to marathons. She admits to not talking vegan up too much for fear of being labelled an animal rights extremist. How sad is that? Vegan Health & Fitness magazine ran a great article about her. If not for reading it, I wouldn’t know she existed.
A later VHF issue ran an article about Gene Baur, who also runs marathons but nothing like Ms. Oakes. When asked if he’d met her he said no, but perhaps someday. He sounded like it would be beneath him to meet her. Lame-O. As good as he was on The Daily Show, he softened the very real, honest, important, life-saving vegan message with his enthusiasm for “Meatless Mondays” (I’m not a fan) and “do what you can” nonsense.
Why aren’t the bigger, well-known vegan/animal rights organizations, companies, and personalities sponsoring her runs? Touting her as a great example of what one person can do to lessen suffering in this world? You hear about MALE vegans like NFL players, famous vegans (or used to be) like Bill Clinton, James Cameron, Moby, Jared Leto, Joaquin Phoenix, etc., much more in mainstream media nowadays. Why not women?
A British friend gushed about Ms. Oakes, that she was even on her “friends” list. I asked Bruce Friedrich, Farm Sanctuary’s Director of Advocacy and Policy (Gene Baur–co-founder and President), to “friend” me on Facebook after we met. He hasn’t. As Forrest Gump stated, “And that’s all I have to say about that.”
By the way, Ms. Oakes has a Facebook page which I liked, bringing her total “likes” to 8,039; on a whim, I visited Moby’s FB page (I liked it, too): 2.4 million “likes.”