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Merissa Underwood


Miss Montana 2020

Merissa Underwood has always had a strong connection to animals. The majority of her life has been dedicated to loving and caring for animals. Raised in the country, she was a member of the Future Farmers of America, which was formative to her understanding of how people see animals as commodities instead of equal beings. She has been a vegan and an animal rights activist for nearly 5 years, and is using her title of Miss Montana USA 2020 to bring greater awareness to the negative impact that factory farming has on our environment. She encourages people to adopt a whole-foods plant-based diet, eliminate single-use plastic, reduce food waste & compost, and walk or take public transit whenever possible.

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