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Why Vegans Should Support Jay-Z & Beyonce Going Vegan

Yesterday Jay-Z posted on his website stating that him and wife Beyonce are going vegan for 22 days as part of a challenge. He asked for suggestions on vegan food spots and clarified that he doesn’t know what will happen after 22 days. Maybe he will go back to eating meat, maybe he will stick with a full plant-based diet. I was thrilled when I read this news. Two extremely high-profiled and influential celebrities are trying veganism. That should be applauded!

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Except many vegans didn’t feel that way. I found myself reading comments such as  “So is whore Beyonce going to give up fur?” or comments such as, “I don’t believe those fur hags are really going vegan.” As an ethical vegan (and very clearly I’m for animal liberation, given the name of my blog), of course I understand that fur is not vegan and yes, I do wish they would stop wearing animal skins. But veganism is not about perfection. I wore leather. I ate meat. I went to the zoo. Any step towards compassion should be celebrated. I was taken aback reading all of the judgmental comments when really, the vegan community should be welcoming them with open arms. Veganism is not an exclusive club. By being pessimistic, you’re only discouraging people from joining the cause and in turn, hurting animals.

I’ll be cheering on Jay-Z and Beyonce during their plant-based challenge and I hope you will join me!

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Farm Sanctuary Launches New “What Did You do?” Campaign

“We are the ones of whom it will be fairly asked, ‘What did you do when you learned the truth about eating animals?‘” — Jonathan Saffron Foer, Eating Animals

Running from September 23rd-October 2 (World Day for Farmed Animals), Farm Sanctuary is campaigning to educate and empower people around the country so that, collectively, we can answer, “We changed the world.”

And you’ll be in good company. Many celebrities – including Mayim BialikRussell SimmonsLeona LewisEmily DeschanelKevin NealonShannon ElizabethFred WillardJoan Jet and more – are showing their support for the new animal rights campaign.

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Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, said “[i]t’s now up to us to decide what our response will be to an industry that inflicts unthinkable pain and suffering on 9 billion animals a year. When future generations look back on this moment in time, they will wonder, ‘What Did You Do?’ when you learned about this animal cruelty.”

Whether it be writing a letter to Congress, sharing stories through social media or donating money to feed rescued animals, the Farm Sanctuary’s website offers ways to everyone to get involved!