Zos of the World who have made vegetarianism a way of life
We always talk about reducing the carbon emissions caused by humans on the environment. The best way one can do is to eat less meat. Every piece of meat you put on your plate is proportional in creating wasteful, land and energy-hungry system of farming that devastates forests, pollutes oceans, rivers, seas and air. It depends on oil and coal which is responsible for climate change. The way slaughtered animals are breed is recognized by the UN as a direct cause for many ecological problems. With 3 billion people eating meat within 50 years, the urgency to rethink our relationship with animals.
As a result people across the world are turning to vegetarianism. Apart from saying no to the cruelty to animals, the health benefits of adopting a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle cannot be looked down.
Anushka Sharma decided to be a vegan four years ago. She made the declaration in a campaign for PETA India. Her enthusiasm also seemed to have inspired husband and cricketer Virat Kohli, who recently turned began to improve his fitness.
Kangana turned vegan and then dietary vegan a few years ago. She felt that veganism is deeply rooted in our cultures. She says that her work and travel don’t allow her to be an ethical vegan. She said “Veganism as a way of life is deeply rooted in the Indian ethos. I switched to being a vegan and this has made a lot of difference in my life. I am very happy now.”
Hayden Panettiere is one of the favourite vegetarians among the vegan community. She along with her former boyfriend Milo Ventimiglia has been praised by PETA for their vegetarian lifestyle. However, she has been lately criticised for signing a contract with the brand Dooney and Bourke.
Alicia is a well known PETA activist, She has been featured in several of their campaigns. She is a hardcore animal rights activist as well. She claims that her vegetarian diet has made her feel healthier than ever before and has given her a lot of self-control. She said that “Being vegan truly is the secret to my life’s joy and peace. I feel physically and spiritually better than I could have ever imagined knowing that I am doing everything I can to reduce animal suffering with simple lifestyle choices like being vegan, never wearing any products made from animals.”
American Idol winner Carrie Underwood became an instant hit with vegetarians worldwide for wearing a ‘V’ for Vegetarian t-shirt on the show. Although she grew up on a farm in Oklahoma, she was never a big meat-eater. She said that “Ever since I was little, I loved animals. They depend on people to take care of them. If you told me I could never sing again, I’d say that was horrible, but it’s not my life. If you told me I could never be around animals again, I would just die.”
Actress Natalie Portman has been a strict vegetarian since the age of eight. She reformed after seeing a demonstration of laser surgery on a chicken at a medical conference with her father. She does not eat the meat of any kind, avoids all animal products, and has been trying to phase out eggs. She refuses to wear leather but prefers wool. She says that “I am a very strict vegetarian. … I just really, really love animals, and I act on my values”.
Shania is the first film star to be named the Sexiest Vegetarian by PETA supporters. She wasn’t a born vegetarian but have turned a vegan after Mutt Lunge. She says that “I eat a lot of tofu, and I drink soy shakes with fruit every morning. I always have soybeans, black beans, or chickpeas for lunch or dinner.”
Christina is the spokesperson for PETA’s campaign “Fur: Get Me Not” against the use of animal fur. When she saw blood on a plate on the sets of Married with Children then she decided to give up on meat. She says that “I looked down and there was blood on my plate, and it was that realisation, that I can’t eat something alive, I just can’t do it. So I stopped, and that was it. That was the last time.”