Pho­tog­ra­pher Rebekah Robin­son joins some kin­dred spir­its on an un­usual night-time raid…

North & South - - Behind The Story -

As a child, pho­tog­ra­pher Rebekah Robin­son saw first-hand the re­al­ity of where meat comes from on her Poppa’s dry stock farm in Wells­ford. So, at the age of eight, she be­came a veg­e­tar­ian – and has been ei­ther ve­gan or veg­e­tar­ian ever since. She’s spent her life cham­pi­oning en­vi­ron­men­tal and an­i­mal rights causes, at­tend­ing hun­dreds of protests and marches through the years.

“As a kid, long be­fore in­ter­net pe­ti­tions, I was let­ter­writ­ing to com­pa­nies and politi­cians about an­i­mal rights is­sues,” says Robin­son, who’s an ac­tive mem­ber of SAFE and the New Zealand Anti-vivi­sec­tion So­ci­ety (NZAVS). “I also used to col­lect sig­na­tures on pa­per for NZAVS. Today, I sign heaps of on­line pe­ti­tions and don’t buy any prod­ucts that are tested on an­i­mals or are from any par­ent com­pa­nies that test.”

Free­lance pho­tog­ra­phy takes Robin­son all over Auck­land, meet­ing in­ter­est­ing peo­ple and “some­times their pets”. She couldn’t wait to shoot dump­ster divers Tom and Janie for this month’s story on Dive N Dine, a fort­nightly food res­cue mis­sion and ve­gan feast ( page 102). As a re­formed dump­ster diver her­self, it com­ple­mented her per­sonal val­ues per­fectly.

Robin­son lives in West Auck­land with her part­ner, and is a mother to two girls and a cat called Coco.

Rebekah Robin­son

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