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Natalie portman and veganism

The Academy award winner Natalie Portman has been a vegetarian since she was 9 years old. As a child she felt so connected with animals that she felt that is not right to have a live animals on her plate, in order for her to connect to her food she decided not to eat any kind of meat. 

It was after she read the book “Eating animals” that She went from someone choosing not to eat them, to being someone who wants to spread the message of not eating animals. With the power and influence she had she decided to use that power to raise awareness about animals rights. Later when she was aware of the food industry she decided not to have egg and dairy and for about the past 9 years she’s been a vegan.

She told the vanity fair “When I read the book, that was what made me become a vegan,” Portman said on the premiere’s press line. At the time, she was pregnant with her seven-year-old son, Aleph. “I think until then, I had thought, ‘Oh, with eggs and dairy, you’re not killing animals. It’s just their natural byproducts.’ But when I started learning about the conditions—and the environmental effect of all these animals and the impact on humans of having large groups of sick animals together, it really made me want to change immediately.” 

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She has given some tips to vegans and non-vegans

“One meal a day or one day a week is a good way to kind of make an impact immediately and also make it not too crazy for yourself,” she said. “It’s a way of starting to experiment with what kinds of things you would eat if you were cutting those items out of your diet.”

She also said that you can trick your taste buds into not knowing the difference between a vegan and non-vegan alternative. she also explain the logic behind it : “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?”

She turned 16,000 students vegan

She urged the student crowd to “eat how you believe.”

“So now lots of people make fun of vegans, right? Lots of people make fun of anybody who cares about anything deeply, right?” Portman asked. “I’m sure many of you have encountered that kind of commentary, too. But I’m here to say, it is always a great thing to care. And it’s the most beautiful thing to care, to have your heart open so much that someone else’s pain feels like your own, to care so much that you’ll spend your time making sure that change happens, and that’s why you are all here today. Whether it’s environmental issues, animal rights, women’s rights, equality, never be afraid to show how much you care.”

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