Name: Katie Arth
Where do you work? PETA’s L.A. office, the Bob Barker Building
What’s the best part about your job? One of the best things that I get to do at PETA is travel to meet and support people all around the country who are passionate about animal rights and work to make their communities better for animals. It has been inspiring for me to realize that it doesn’t matter if you’re in Alabama, Maine, Arizona, or anywhere in between—there are people speaking up for animals all over, and more people are getting active for animals every day.
What’s the hardest part about your job? It’s difficult for me to find balance between working for animals and investing time in things to do just for fun. I love talking to people about animal rights and believe that it is crucial to do as much as I can for the mink who will spend her short life circling in a cage before being violently killed or for the elephant who has spent the last 50 years living in fear of being struck by a bullhook, and it is easy for me to neglect all social obligations and just dive into work 24/7.
Best memory at PETA: There are too many to pick just one! There’s the time the woman ripped up her Ringling Bros. tickets in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and handed them to me when she found out about how animals are violently trained to perform in circuses. Then there’s the man who saw me at a festival and told me that he had switched to a vegan diet after reading a vegetarian/vegan starter kit that I had handed him a year earlier. Not only was he empowered to help animals with the foods that he eats, he also got healthy and was completely reinvigorated. And there’s the woman who passed an anti-fur demonstration and proudly responded that she never wears fur and left teary-eyed and pledged to stop buying any animal skins after hearing about the cruelty involved in the wool and leather industries. There is nothing more powerful than realizing that we truly are opening people’s eyes and making a difference.
What do you like to do when you’re not at the office? I enjoy sitting at cafés with a strong cup of coffee and a good book and being by the ocean. I am slowly convincing myself that I enjoy running and hiking, and I try to take advantage of the great Southern California weather by being outside.