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“Eat Pussy Not Animals” Says Stefania Ferrario
Interviews|Jul 5, 2021

“Eat Pussy Not Animals” Says Stefania Ferrario

Penthouse Interview With Melbourne Model & Animal Rights Activist Stefania Ferrario.
Amie Wee

Stefania Ferrario is an Australia model on a mission, using her platform of over a million followers to promote body positivity and spread awareness about veganism and animal rights. Penthouse spoke with Stefania about the moment that made her go vegan, misconceptions about veganism, and what really happened when her and notorious activist Tash Peterson recently stormed a popular fast food joint in Melbourne in the name of animal activism.

What inspired you to go vegan, Stefania?

I would say that it was a gradual process, I never had anyone actually come up to me and tell me about veganism. I heard things here and there, but in the media animal activists were always painted as insane people, so I definitely succumbed to that idea until I finally started doing research on my own.

Was there a particular moment?

In 2015 Netflix released a documentary called "Cowspiracy" which shook the very foundation of my belief system and suddenly made me question everything I'd been taught and ultimately lied to about. After that documentary I started watching videos on Youtube by animal rights activists who were breaking through the propaganda and speaking up unapologetically on the topic. Finally on 1st January 2020 I made the commitment to never contribute to these industries again and I went fully vegan. 

Paige De Cinque and Stefania Ferrario

Paige De Cinque and Stefania Ferrario

You’re also a passionate advocate and activist for animals. Why is animal activism important to you? 

I love animals dearly and I have fond memories of meeting lambs and piglets growing up, but unfortunately, I never made the connection of *whom* I was eating. It's very hard to see the pound of flesh in front of you as someone that used to be living, someone who was subjected to enslavement and ultimately murder. Once you really make that connection there is no going back and it absolutely breaks me to think that this widespread abuse is taking place. I want to help wake people up from this cult we were born into, where we sacrifice the innocence for our own taste pleasure and we call it a "Happy Meal". I think becoming an animal rights activist was a natural progression for me, to be honest I am surprised there aren't more of us?

In your opinion, what are the biggest misconceptions around veganism?

That being vegan is difficult and extreme. People have a misconception that eating plant based is really hard, however it's just a mental block and once you start it's surprisingly easy to go vegan. There is also nothing extreme about not wanting to inflict unnecessary suffering to others, we call ourselves animal lovers so it only makes sense to not abuse them. 

Would you say that attitudes to veganism has evolved or changed over years? 

I think there is a lot more backlash than ever as veganism is now a mainstream discussion. Although the percentage of vegans is still small the numbers are shooting up rapidly. 

It seemed like a shame to not use the platform I had created to do something other than post vacuous images of myself

Recently activist Tash Peterson and yourself protested against animal abuse at a restaurant in Melbourne...

We decided to target Grill'd because they are a company that uses a facade of charitableness, when in reality they profit off of animal abuse like any other non vegan fast food chain. Grill'd pride themselves on their slogan "no secrets" but they are hiding the fact that innocent beings were raped, abused and murdered to make their burgers. Grill'd also label their chicken flesh products as RSPCA approved which is just another marketing fraud to hide from the fact that animals; free range or not, are all sent to the same murder factories to have their throats slit. 

What was the reaction from diners and staff the restaurant?

We protested the same Grill'd in Richmond, Melbourne, twice within the space of a week. They were certainly aggressive the first time, but the second time they became very physically aggressive. An employee attempted to push Tash down a small flight of stairs by punching her in the back and they also tried to rip signs out of our hands. I believe the demeanour of the employees led to a customer grabbing our camera man and repeatedly punching him in the head. The reaction online received far more support, although a lot of people also voiced their anger at us for protesting. 

You are a force of nature in the modelling world, and unapologetically use your platform to promote animal activism and a cruelty-free lifestyle. Is it important to you to use to platform in that way? 

I came to a point with my modelling work, where although I enjoyed it, I felt a little empty. It seemed like a shame to not use the platform I had created to do something other than post vacuous images of myself. I feel incredibly strongly about animal rights, and it got to a point where I was no longer as emotionally invested in my self-oriented social media pages. All this naturally led to me posting more and more content related to this mass injustice. 

Stefania Ferrario and Tash Peterson protesting at Grill'd

Stefania Ferrario and Tash Peterson protesting at Grill'd

Why do you think veganism angers some people to such a degree? 

People are supportive of protests that involve them having to make no changes in their own life. The reason veganism angers so many is because it reminds people they participate in something so atrocious, and the fear of them having to make any changes. 

How do you stay positive when faced with the prevalence of animal cruelty and environmental crisis? 

It's not easy, and to be honest I think I'm being pushed to my limits, although I am more motivated than ever. The environmental aspect of animal agriculture is terrifying, I couldn't believe animal agriculture was the leading cause of deforestation, ocean dead zones, habitat loss, species extinction, ocean dead zones, water consumption and water pollution. These facts still shock me and the more I find out the more shocked I become. 

What advice would you give to people wanting to become vegan? 

Vegansim is hard when you are only thinking about yourself, but it is the easiest thing when you remind yourself about the non-human animals. Please watch the Australian documentary, Dominion on YouTube to see the atrocities that humans inflict upon the most innocent beings on earth. 

What’s your favourite meal or restaurant? 

Some of my favourite restaurants are Lentil As Anything and Sister of Soul. 

Do you have any favourite podcasts, websites or books that you find inspiring or consider a great resource? 

Earthling Ed makes amazing family friendly content on youtube, as-well as Cosmic Skeptic, David Ramms and several others. For more edgy content I highly recommend Vegan Gains. 

Lastly, if you could share one message with the world, what would it be? 

Not going vegan sooner is my biggest regret, don't make it yours. 

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