Laura Jean Schneider

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Laura Jean Schneider is a former cattle rancher and writer who received a grant to produce a printed booklet titled “Maverick,” which contains a collections of short essays that follows her journey from rancher to vegan. “Maverick” speaks to the ranching community specifically. Meaning an unbranded animal, the title alludes to a breaking free from ownership, and ultimately, consumption. She writes:

As someone who previously raised and partook in the slaughter of domestic livestock and in the consumption of the resulting corpses, I know firsthand the tension between nurturing and taking the same life. Sharing “Maverick” with my community will create space for new dialogue surrounding animal welfare.