Imagine two diets. Diet #1 is compassionate, sustainable and healthy. Diet #2 is uncompassionate, unsustainable and unhealthy. Guess which diet is vegan and which one’s meat-based.
American actress Emily Deschanel, best known for playing Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan in the comedy-crime drama Bones, is not only a compassionate, sustainable and healthy eater, she is also the In Defense of Animals (IDA) spokesperson for the 5th annual World Go Vegan Week, which runs from October 24 through October 31.
“This week is a celebration of compassion and a time to take action for animals, the environment and everyone’s well-being,” says Deschanel.
“A plant-based diet not only improves your health, it significantly reduces your carbon footprint and preserves resources for future generations.”
A committed animal activist (her first role was a paint-throwing fur activist in the 1994 film It Could Happen to You), Ms. Deschanel appeared in an Access Hollywood video at the book launch event of Karen Dawn’s Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way We Treat Animals, an acclaimed book that gives an overview of all the major past and present issues concerning the rights of animals.
Ms. Deschanel joined a host of celebrities who came out in support of the book, including Anthony Kiedis, Bill Maher, Ed Begley, Jr. and David Duchovny, who said, “Give this book to someone you know who doesn’t know.”
IDA offers three different reasons to take the Vegan Pledge next week:
- Take the Pledge for the Animals – Millions of animals are tightly confined, treated horribly, live miserable lives, and brutally slaughtered in the meat, dairy and egg industry.
- Take the Pledge for the Earth – According to World Bank environmental advisors, animal agriculture causes 51% of human caused greenhouse gas emissions, as well as other detrimental impacts on our planet, like excessive fossil fuel consumption, water waste and pollution, deforestation and wasted resources.
- Take the Pledge for your Health – Eating a plant-based diet reduces your risk of chronic degenerative diseases, diabetes, obesity and other ailments plaguing western populations.
IDA has joined forces with Mercy For Animals in working with restaurants in New York, Chicago, Dallas and Columbus, Ohio, to offer new vegan options during World Go Vegan Week.
If you’re a meat-eater, have a hamburger tomorrow night — and then try the vegan pledge for just one week. Perhaps consider a vegan date night next week. Thinking about the horrors of the meat industry, it’s not hard to think that a diet that is uncompassionate, unsustainable and unhealthy is also terribly un-sexy.
In addition to being un-sexy, could a meat-based diet be unnatural as well?
Fit for Life author Harvey Diamond answered that question when he famously quipped, “You put a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit. If it eats the rabbit and plays with the apple, I’ll buy you a new car.”