Chrissy Leyland

Chrissy Leyland

I went vegan when I was 15. I’d given up eating meat two years earlier, but realised I was still contributing to animal suffering by consuming dairy and eggs. Continually made pregnant to produce milk, dairy cows are separated from their calves at birth. Males are shot or reared for veal. I didn’t want to contribute to this cruelty, but going vegan seemed like a big step for a teenager in the 1980’s. So I decided to try vegan for a month. Having this goal made it seem more achievable.

This turned out to be pretty easy and over 30 years later I’m still vegan. After many years campaigning, I co-founded the Vegan Approach. My aim is to support others to go vegan, for animals, the planet and human health.

I currently live in West Yorkshire. I love cooking for my vegan family, and introducing plant-based food to others. Working in vegan cafes and catering at events has given me a good knowledge of the amazing range of vegan options available.