In an interview with Vanity Fair promoting her new documentary, Natalie Portman shares that there’s never been a better time to go vegan.
Based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s book Eating Animals, the documentary shows viewers the harsh reality of where their food comes from: factory farms. In the interview, Portman says that before reading the book that inspired her to go vegan, she thought consuming eggs and dairy didn’t hurt or kill animals. She admits she couldn’t have been more wrong.
The Academy Award-winning actress also talks about how this is a great time to go vegan:
I feel like there’s a lot more vegetarian and vegan places opening all the time. I mean, in L.A., we’re spoiled—but even in New York. And places like Shake Shack have a vegetarian option now. It’s obviously something that consumers are demanding more. Things like the Impossible Burger and Kite Hill cheese and Van Leeuwen’s vegan ice cream, those things pop up and create really incredible alternatives. People don’t feel like they’re sacrificing anything. They can still have delicious food and not be harming the planet.
Portman really drives home the point that people can help animals and the planet without missing the taste of their favorite foods. She says, “If you have two things that taste identical and one doesn’t harm the planet or other creatures and is better for you health-wise, then why would you?”
Portman is absolutely right. By replacing animal products with plant-based options you not only help the planet but spare countless animals a lifetime of misery.
From slamming piglets headfirst onto concrete floors to tearing baby cows from their mothers, factory farmers routinely abuse animals. What’s worse, this systematic torture is actually legal.
Fortunately, by ditching animal products you can easily withdraw your support from this cruel and destructive industry.