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When it comes to fighting for animal rights, activists and everyday people are the real heroes. Yet, when celebrities use their popularity, visibility, and resources to promote veganism and animal rights, they can do a lot of good for the movement and the animals that it advocates for.
After all, the nature of what happens behind closed doors in the factory farming industry is still a reality many people don't know much about, and that's why it is so important to raise awareness: there is power in the big numbers!
In this article, we listed a series of vegan celebrities that have been outspoken about their views and what this movement stands up for.
Coming from Melbourne, Australia, Ruby Rose grew up eating shark fin soup as a child. Realizing what's actually in it terrified them and prompted them to change their habits: «I thought that it was even worse that they just cut the fins off and the sharks were out there not able to move. That really scared me, and I used to have nightmares that they were finless in the ocean and I couldn't eat any fish ever again.»
Ruby Rose has been vegan for several years now and has shared snippets of her vegan life multiple times on social media.
The American filmmaker behind the documentary "13th" and the mini-series "When They See Us" was voted as one of PETA's Most Beautiful Vegan Celebrities of 2018.
«Like many food trends that seem new, black veganism has historical roots. "For a lot of black people, it's also about social justice and food access. The food we've been eating has been killing us."»
The director said, commenting on this New York Times article on Twitter.
The Canadian actor and producer has been speaking publicly about veganism and the reality of factory farming for more than a decade. On he declared: «Why are vegans made fun of while the inhumane factory farming process regards animals and the natural world merely as commodities to be exploited for profit?» He twitted back in March 2011.
«I transitioned to a plant-based diet about 19 years ago while living in Hong Kong. I attended a concert, and a PETA Asia employee was tabling outside of the show. I was watching her, and it didn't seem anyone was paying much attention to what she was offering. It made me feel bad for her, so I walked over. We connected, and she sent me information on animal welfare in the fashion, food, and entertainment industries. It made me sick, but nothing prepared me for the truth of the environmental impact of meat production. I quit cold turkey and never looked back. I didn't understand how I could have ever claimed to love animals but hadn't made the choices to protect them. » - said the actress to VegNews in 2017.
Whilst anyone making any kind of effort to make their diet more plant based is helping make a difference to our world, vegan celebrities have helped raise awareness of veganism. By demonstrating to their followers how important it is to consider how our diet impacts the planet and animals, more people have learned the importance of reducing their meat and dairy intake.
+ Words: Roberta Fabbrocino, Luxiders Contributor
Roberta Fabbrocino is a writer and an environmentalist who loves sharing stories about all things sustainability. She runs @mosclothingsubscription, an eco-friendly personal styling service, and creates content for green brands. Instagram: @naturallybree