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“Leadership to me means acting on truth instead of propaganda.” with Amy Jean Davis of LA Animal Save

Leadership to me means acting on truth instead of propaganda. It means seeing all beings as not the same but equal. It means doing what’s right no matter what society and its current social norms may say. It means asking others to question what they’ve been told, especially if it hurts someone else, and asking […]


Leadership to me means acting on truth instead of propaganda. It means seeing all beings as not the same but equal. It means doing what’s right no matter what society and its current social norms may say. It means asking others to question what they’ve been told, especially if it hurts someone else, and asking them to join me in speaking up for the oppressed. This is what The Save Movement does- leading people towards a kinder tomorrow.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Amy Jean Davis, an animal rights advocate and the Founder of LA Animal Save, the Los Angeles chapter of the global Save Movement. Originally from a small town in Indiana, Amy came to Los Angeles in 2008 as a top 24 Finalist on season 7 of American Idol. Davis graduated Purdue University in 2004. After having become vegan in 2002, she started an animal sanctuary in the Los Angeles, California area. In 2015, she completed her certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from eCornell, and in 2016, Amy founded LA Animal Save, which is now the largest chapter of more than 600 Save groups worldwide. Amy also works with her partner, filmmaker Shaun Monson (EARTHLINGS, UNITY), creating films and other media for the animal rights movement.


Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I was always interested in nutrition from a young age and what little kid doesn’t love animals? These two passions came together in 2002 when I learned that a dairy cow had to give birth to start lactating, and that male chicks are ground up alive in the egg industry since only females lay eggs. In 2015 I went to my first vigil with Toronto Pig Save and in 2016 I founded LA Animal Save.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you began leading your LA Animal Save?

The most interesting- and inspiring- thing that has happened since I started LA Animal Save is the 100+ compassionate people who come down to the slaughterhouse every Sunday to bear witness to the pigs and give them some water and love. This shows me that eventually we will open the hearts and minds of the rest of the country and then the world.

Can you share a story about the funniest/memorable mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

At one of our very large vigils, where we had a famous activist, Earthling Ed, attending, my speaker’s battery had died and I had no way of powering it. There were 200+ people eagerly awaiting Ed’s speech and luckily, the police officer on duty that night let him use the police car speaker system. It was quite a sight! We love the Vernon Police Department!

Can you describe how your organization is making a significant social impact?

People either come to the vigils in person or see them on social media and they’re choosing to stop eating animals and many of them are even inspired to become activists. Every person out there speaking up for the animals helps us get closer to the compassionate world we all envision. A world where everyone has healthy food, on a thriving planet, with plenty of space for humans and wildlife.

Can you tell me a story about a particular individual who was impacted this cause other than yourself?

My partner, Shaun Monson, filmmaker behind EARTHLINGS and UNITY films, helped me every Sunday for the first two years of running LA Animal Save. Without him, LA Animal Save would not be the organization it is today. He is responsible for bringing the celebrities and raising my own level of consciousness so I can be an effective and calm leader each Sunday night.

Are there three things the community/society/politicians can do help you address the root of the problem you are trying to solve?

Everyone can go vegan. This addresses the root of so many problems: climate change, the healthcare crisis in America, world hunger, species extinction, oppression of farm and slaughterhouse workers, food deserts, fresh water usage, and more. 2. Society can embrace a new social norm when it comes to animals and nutrition- one that protects all animals instead of just our dogs and cats and sees humans for the anatomical herbivores we are. 3. Politicians can stop subsidizing the meat and dairy industries and subsidize the fruit and vegetable industry instead.

How do you define “Leadership”? Can you explain what you mean or give an example?

Leadership to me means acting on truth instead of propaganda. It means seeing all beings as not the same but equal. It means doing what’s right no matter what society and its current social norms may say. It means asking others to question what they’ve been told, especially if it hurts someone else, and asking them to join me in speaking up for the oppressed. This is what The Save Movement does- leading people towards a kinder tomorrow.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

1. Just start. Now. 2. Don’t waste your time on closed-minded people. 3. Stay the course. 4. It’s not about you. 5. Don’t waste your time on arguing. Sharing the truth is your only job.

You are a person of enormous influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.

I believe I already answered this! GO VEGAN!

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

“When the suffering of another creature causes you to feel pain, do not submit to the initial desire to flee from the suffering one, but on the contrary, come closer, as close as you can to they who suffer, and try to help them.” — Leo Tolstoy. This is what it means to bear witness and we all have an obligation to do so. This is how we change the world.

Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this, especially if we tag them. 🙂

Yes. The Pope. If he would see how important it is to stop harming others his influence would cause immense good in the world.

Thank you for all of these great insights!

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