Why I Am Vegan

I became vegan over twenty years ago after reading the books The Case for Animal Rights by Dr. Tom Regan and Diet for A New America by John Robbins, and by watching videos showing animals in factory farms and slaughterhouses. So gruesome were the images I saw, I could barely keep watching. Everything I read and saw confirmed to me that not only do animals have the capacity to suffer, they do – horribly. I decided I simply couldn’t continue to participate in something that inflicts such suffering upon poor, innocent animals.

From the time I was very young, I remember feeling sorry for the animals I saw or heard about being treated cruelly. I remember, too, when playing the voice of Fern in the animated movie “Charlotte’s Web,” how I felt reading the wonderful words of author E. B. White about animals having personalities, and experiencing fear, anxiety, and happiness. Whether it was an animal I was working with on a set or my own animals I cared for growing up, looking into their eyes, how could I deny that animals feel the same emotions we humans feel?

Although I was only 12 years old, when Fern sang her love song to Wilbur the Pig, it touched me to the core. Fern loved Wilbur, and rightly so. Pigs, like all other animals, including chickens, sheep, and cows, are smart and sensitive. Many people think of pigs as dirty, but if they would visit sites like adaptt.org and veganoutreach.org, they would learn a great deal of new, revealing information about animals that may make them rethink their own dietary and lifestyle choices. Did you know, for example, that pigs have very sensitive skin and burn easily from the sun, so, just as human animals put on protective sunscreen, pigs roll in the mud to keep cool and protect their skin? Pigs, like other animals, should be respected and not exploited or abused. Instead they are horribly abused in factory farms and slaughterhouses, their throats cut, and their still living bodies hung upside down to bleed out, to be cut up and delivered to meat packing plants.

Poor dairy cows are artificially inseminated by a machine known in the industry as a “rape rack,” and kept pregnant their whole miserable lives, pumped constantly for milk until they collapse of brittle, calcium-depleted bones, then trucked in hot boxcars to the slaughterhouse. Every time a dairy cow gives birth, her babies are taken away from her, their umbilical cord still hanging, to be shipped off to “veal farms.” There, they are chained by the neck so they can’t move and fed an anemic diet, so that their flesh is tender and white when they are slaughtered, still in infancy, to be processed as veal.

Dairy is an extremely cruel industry. Did you know “human animals” are the only animals on the planet who consume another species milk after being weaned from their mother? How bizarre is that? I drink almond or soy milk and enjoy vegan cream cheese, vegan mayonnaise, and other vegan cheeses. I could go on and on. Google vegan substitutes for ANY animal product and you will find awesome alternatives.

Finally, a word or two about Charlotte herself, played so beautifully in the film by the late Debbie Reynolds. Charlotte demonstrates that spiders are clever creatures, spinning magnificent, complex webs, something completely beyond the ability of humans. Like other animals, Charlotte the spider protects her babies with love and care. Even spiders ought to be respected!

If you really want to see a movie with heart, soul, humor, and beauty, do get a copy of the animated version of “Charlotte’s Web” starring Debbie Reynolds, Henry Gibson, Paul Lynde as a hilarious rat, Agnes Moorhead, and yours truly. Better still, watch it together with your children or grandchildren.

And if you want to learn more about opposing animal cruelty and choosing compassion (and better health, as well), please visit adaptt.org and get the brochure “Why Vegan” from veganoutreach.com.

If you’re interested in watching some awesome documentaries about how to start the process towards veganism, see “Cowspiracy,” “Forks Over Knives,” and “What the Health.” For an even larger selection, go to nutriciously.com/best-vegan-documentaries/

My Autobiography Is In The Works

I have been very busy lately. What have I been up to? I’ve been writing my memoirs! Yes, it’s true. My good friend and co-author Richard Riis and I have been hard at work for more than a year writing and rewriting and sorting through boxes of my personal photographs.

I started working at the age of three, appearing in more than 200 TV episodes and movies, and probably as many commercials, and that’s just before I was out of my teens. I then had a very rewarding second career as a registered nurse, and I am very proud of my third career as an advocate for animal rights. It’s been a busy life but it hasn’t always been a happy one. In fact, there has been a great deal of pain and heartache along the way. I hope you’ll read my story when it’s published. Thanks! Pamelyn

P.S. – Have you visited my Facebook page? I’m posting photographs and memories from my life and career there and interacting with followers. Take a look at www.facebook.com/pamelynferdin.

Washington Times: Pamelyn Ferdin: ‘From Child Actress to Animal Activist’

– – Thursday, December 1, 2016

You may not recognize her face, not at first. After all, actress Pamelyn Ferdin is a beautiful grown-up woman now. But if you look closely, you’ll see the sweet and often awkward little girl who starred on a slew of classic TV shows in the 1960s and ‘70s including “Star Trek,” “The Odd Couple,” “Family Affair,” “The Paul Lynde Show,” “CHIPs” and dozens more.

But the voice — the voice is unmistakable. Listen closely and you can hear Lucy from the original “Peanuts” cartoons. She was Fern in the original animated film classic “Charlotte’s Web.”

Since those childhood days, Miss Ferdin has become a passionate advocate for animal rights. She is so driven for the cause that she has been arrested while demonstrating outside the home of an employee of the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services, serving 36 hours of a 90-day sentence.

At The Hollywood Show in Los Angeles, amid signing autographs, Miss Ferdin discussed the lasting appeal of “The Peants” and her passion to help those that have no voice to help themselves.

Question: Do you do a lot of these autograph shows where you get to meet the fans?

Answer: I haven’t done them in a while. I’m starting to do them again.

Q: What the reaction from the fans?

A: They are so excited. It just amazes me that these fans are so enamored of my career. It makes me feel wonderful. Some of them have come all the way from England.

Q: What is the strangest thing you have ever been asked to sign?

A: Oh my gosh! What’s the strangest thing? Probably … I have signed a lot of PEZ dispensers. I guess that’s not strange.

Q: How old were you when you did the voice of Lucy in “The Peanuts” cartoons?

A: I was around 10.

Q: You grew up in show business. Was it something you begged you parents to let you do?

A: No, not at all. My mom put me in the business. I had a very Hollywood mother. She put me in, and I just started getting role after role after role. I was probably one of the busiest child actors in, I think, the history of show business up to now.

Q: Do you feel like you missed out on childhood since you were busy working?

A: Oh yeah. I missed out on a lot because I was working constantly. My life was completely different from a normal child’s life. I got to do a lot of other things, but I missed out for sure.

Q: If there was one thing that you missed that you could go back and do, what would it be?

A: I really wanted to go to a regular school. I wanted to go to an all-girls junior high. I wasn’t able to do that because they were so strict and I was working so much.

And also I would have liked to go to a regular high school and experience what it was like to be a normal kid in high school — without always going in and then being taken out, going back and forth.

Q: When you look back on your career, what are some of your favorite moments?

A: Definitely being the voice of Lucy. “The Odd Couple” was wonderful. Fern in “Charlotte’s Web.” I loved doing voiceovers. I was Sally in “The Cat in the Hat.”

Q: You worked with so many legendary actors and actresses. Who were your favorites?

A: Tony Randall was a favorite of mine. Well, Bill Melendez, who was the director of “Peanuts,” was absolutely wonderful to work with.

“Lassie.” I loved “Lassie.” Lassie was a wonderful being to work with. All these memories.

William Shatner was kind.

Q: Did you try to continue acting once you became an adult?

A: No, because I basically wanted to be a normal person. That’s why I got out of the business and went to college. I became a nurse. I practiced nursing for several years. I got into animal rights.

I’m glad I worked as an actress when I did because it was the end of an era, the end of that big Hollywood era. It was great to be in Hollywood when it was more studio-oriented — the very end of that era when everybody knew everybody and they all went to the studio cafeteria. All the stars ate together. It was really a totally different business than it is now.

Q: I know you are a passionate animal activist. What are you working on these days?

A: Mainly I try to focus on educating the public. I promote veganism. I have been a vegan for about 20 years now. I also promote adopting and not buying your pets. And spay and neuter. It’s important that people realize the suffering that animals endure, whether in the meat industry, the fur industry or being killed in shelters because people don’t adopt them.

When people are made aware, they help.

Q:What did you think of the recent big scene reboot of “Peanuts”?

A: It was great. Anything “Peanuts” I love. I think the cartoons just capture one’s heart. The kid characters were so real, and each one of them had such a unique personality that I think kids and adults could identify with at least one of the characters. And they still can today.

For more check out PamelynFerdin.com.

Thanks for checking out my newly-renovated website!

At long last, my newly-designed website is up and running, at www.pamelynferdin.com. I’m not the most technologically advanced actor in the world, but with a little help from some friends, a long-overdue update is now a reality.

In addition to a new design, there are now twice the number of photographs available for purchase, each one personalized and autographed by yours truly. I hope you enjoy looking at them!

Hopefully, I will be updating the site more regularly, now thats its so much easier for me to do myself. Check in early, and check in often, and I’ll see you out there!

Your Pets are “Cutered” When They’re Neutered!

by Pamelyn Ferdin

About ten million healthy cats, dogs, puppies and kittens are killed each year in animal shelters across the United States. The numbers overwhelm us and in an important sense that number diminishes the true horror of the situation, reducing the impact to a confused statistical jumble. Ten million individual lives.cutered_tiny_in_cage

Who can understand a number that big? To appreciate the magnitude of the companion animal crisis, one must look into the eyes of the individual dogs and cats, waiting to be killed in the hallways of our shelters. I have seen them myself, with ropes around their necks, their legs literally shaking, they looked up to me as if to say “I just want to be loved. Please help me, don’t want to die.” They watch as the others who go before them are slapped on a stainless steel table, a needle filled with poison thrust into their beating hearts and then (sometimes while they are still breathing), dumped onto a cement floor like a cheap commodity, as if they were a pound of lead or a can of baked beans. Read more

The Circus Is In Town, And the Animals are DYING to Entertain You

by Pamelyn Ferdin

“The Circus is Coming to Town” is a saying that used to bring excitement to small town city dwellers, but now with the knowledge of what really goes on “behind the Big Top”, people are thinking twice. Instead of paying money to see the exploitation of animals in circuses, people are choosing “animal free” circuses like Cirque du Soleil and many others who are saying “NO” to the use of exotic animals in traveling circuses. You see, there’s another side to the story of animals in the circus I’d like to address – the animal welfare problem. Everyday life for animals on the road is a very disturbing part of the circus picture.
Consider the elephants. Circuses typically confine these animals with a pair of heavy leg chains front and rear, diagonally opposite. An elephant thus chained cannot even turn in a circle. It’s not unusual for these animals to live in double leg chains all night and day except during performances and when they are on public “display”. Some “lucky” elephants get to spend some time in a small electrified corral, but even those elephants may spend 10 hours or more a day in double leg chains. Aggressive male elephants may have their head and trunk movements restrained with additional chains. Most of us would be outraged to see a dog tethered in that manner. Yet a wild elephant (or even one who is born into captivity), has an immense instinctive need to roam, take mud baths and interact with their own social community. Read more