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Which Celebrities Are Practical Vegans? PLUS: PETA’s Latest Stunt

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From part-time vegan celebrities, to vegetarianism and birth control, here are what animal rights activists have been up to these days.

When will the hypocrisy ever end with the vegan crowd? More than a dietary change, many vegans have a political agenda behind their anti-meat habits. While these folks claim to be vegans for ethical, nutritional or environmental reasons, I'm sure that more often than not, there is a political or self-promotional platform behind their dietary choice.

Led by groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) or the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), numerous celebrities donate big chunks of cash to help “save” the animals and participate in PETA’s sensational advertising campaigns in order to grab the public eye and advance their hopes for stardom. Think here of PETA’s “I would rather go naked than wear fur” campaign where folks like Khloe Kardashian, Bethenny Frankel or Pamela Anderson drop their duds for a little sensational publicity.

 

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Many of these celebrities like to take their political platforms of veganism even further by endorsing the dietary choice in every interview and public appearance. I mean, come on, how many steak-lovin’ celebrities feel the need to proclaim their love of beef to a magazine? I figure these vegan celebrities need a constant reminder that tofu tastes good, but that’s another conversation for another day.

I’ll always say I don’t mind what people eat. If you choose to be a vegan, vegetarian, fruitarian, pescatarian, raw foodist, etc., that’s your choice. After all, the freedom of choice is what makes America great. However, when your food choice becomes a political platform to put America’s farmers and ranchers out of business, which is exactly what they practice when they help advance PETA’s and HSUS’ agendas to abolish animal agriculture and promote a vegan agenda, that’s when I have a problem.

What’s even more frustrating is when these vocal vegan celebrities are hypocrites about it. If you stand for something, stand for it wholeheartedly, unless you’re a “practical vegan,” that is. I recently ran across an article about some celebrities who are “practical vegans,” meaning they eat meat when it suits them. Folks like Carrie Underwood, Al Gore, Bill Clinton, Natalie Portman, Usher and Justin Bieber sway back and forth from vegan to omnivore, depending on their mood. Read the entire article here and let me know what you think.

Another interesting thing to note on my radar is PETA’s most recent ridiculous stunt -- incorporating birth control and going vegetarian.

According to Salon.com, “Jumping on the news from last week that the emergency contraceptive Plan B One Step loses effectiveness on women over 165 lbs. – and doesn’t work at all on women over 175 lbs. – PETA recently sent out a press release about its ‘Plan V’ advice: ‘Lose some damn weight and then you won’t have to worry, now will you? Have a carrot!’

“In its announcement, PETA explains that it’s helpfully contacted the advocacy group Population Connection to ‘encourage women to lose weight (and regain access to Plan B as a family-planning tool) by choosing healthy vegan meals.’

I can’t think of a statement that is more sexist and degrading as this newest campaign by PETA, which recently held a protest in Ottawa with a naked woman lying on a large contraceptive pack covered in barbecue sauce. Their sensationalist tactics can’t be taken seriously by too many, and yet millions of dollars are donated to the activist organization each year.

What do you think about these part-time vegans and PETA’s newest campaign stunt? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Discuss this Blog Entry 15

on Dec 4, 2013

Evidently, celebrity and intelligence don't necessarily go hand in hand?

Grace Wilson (not verified)
on Dec 5, 2013

Umm, have they ever?

cowmandan (not verified)
on Dec 5, 2013

I get sick and tired of the celebrity crowd pushing their liberal ideas on the rest of us. Just because they are famous doesn't make their way better.

Show dog breeder and beef lover (not verified)
on Dec 5, 2013

The majority of celebrities must have a daily dose of how great they are and don't seem to feel real if they're not in the news somewhere. Being a practical vegan is like being partially pregnant, you either are or your're not. I think in my next interview for our legislative work to keep dog breeders from becoming extinct here in Illinois I'll tell them I breed champion, health tested, great temperament schipperkes and ALL of us like our steaks cooked medium!

Frank Schlichting (not verified)
on Dec 5, 2013

I don't like PETA. But they do have a good sense of humor!

Shaun Evertson (not verified)
on Dec 5, 2013

What celebrities do doesn't matter. They are by definition the lunatic fringe, each and every one. Doesn't matter if you like or hate their individual work, the fact is that they live in a different reality than you do. Their advice to you is no more valid than advice from a martian.

What does matter is what your friends and neighbors do. If they take up the anti-ag cause, they need to be filed as former friends. I mean, c'mon, they're attacking you. Ditch them the same way they'd ditch you if you attacked their livelihood.

I know we like to be nice and this sounds mean, but use a little common sense.

Jim Turner (not verified)
on Dec 5, 2013

Whew I am glad my name didn't appear now I can go have a hamburger for lunch.

on Dec 6, 2013

Get after it Jim! I can't get there to join you so have it super-size double patties for me will ya!

My name didn't appear there either.

K (not verified)
on Dec 5, 2013

It's not just celebrities, but everyday people. I recently was sent propaganda about sheep being skinned alive to make Uggs, from a smart, intelligent, professional woman. I was disgusted. This same woman takes pride in producing her own food via home garden, hunting for meat and raising their own beef. Yet is too ignorant to recognize information like this as propaganda! I don't care what diet you choose- please get the facts and make an informed decision AND PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH! Vegan- great- that includes abandoning your birks and uggs, modern medicine, and all the other by products humans get from animals!

K (not verified)
on Dec 5, 2013

Unfortunately Shaun, you and I are not ignorant about modern Ag. Most of these "lunatic" groups have validated themselves by successfully selling their lies and exaggerations to the masses as truth. Many no longer see them as kooks but legitimate sources of info! This is why anyone involved in Ag needs to share their story whenever the opportunity arises!

Howard Vilsak (not verified)
on Dec 5, 2013

I guess if I were in the beef biz, I'd be tempted to belittle people who challenged my way of doing things, too.
But what I see here is a bunch of people preaching to the choir.
What you ought to be doing is thinking about the legitimate concerns of people who disagree with you. Empathy doesn't mean being touchy-feely. It means putting yourself in your opponent's shoes. The greatest generals have all been empathetic.
Now, in this particular case, I no longer eat meat partly because factory farming is wrecking the environment, partly because meat is bad for my health, and partly because I don't like the way the animals in your industry live and die.
I've killed plenty of animals, and my conclusions are not based on squeamishness or speculation. I am no celebrity follower. I think, and I have a point of view that would withstand serious conversation.
Lots of people who choose not to eat meat do so out of ethical, political, financial and environmental concerns.
You folks probably will just go on patting each other on the back, assuring each other that anybody who doesn't think exactly as you do must be a city slicker and a fool. If you were smart, you'd listen to what your customers say and start engaging in a conversation about how to do things more sustainably.

Sam johnson (not verified)
on Jan 14, 2014

Howard, good idea. Let's start with you. You are obviously not part of our choir but you have found your way into our church. So help us understand your position and your reasoning so that we may become "empathetic " to your concerns. Let's start with you answering some questions so that we may be enlightened and then address your concerns. Now you have made a number of assertions that we or I need further explanation. 1. You do not like how the animals live or Die; What specifically do you not like about how they live and what would you propose to improve those lives to your satisfaction? 2. What do you not like as to how they die, and how would you propose we do it? ( assuming you do not propose that we eat them live). 3. What is your definition of a factory farm? Be specific and give real examples. 4. Within your definition explain what you do not like and why? 5. You claim that beef is unhealthy, elaborate? What is the basis for this claim? Provide sources. 6. What is your ethical basis for being opposed to meat consumption? Is it religion? Cultural? Please enlighten us on these questions so we can move forward with your recommendation and as a basis for following conversation.

on Dec 5, 2013

I have to say, given the tenor of the article and of the comments preceding mine, that I was pleasantly surprised that my remarks got in. It speaks well of the magazine that it would include a contrary point of view.
Just to clarify a little bit: My complaint is that this article, and several others that I've read here, wrongly trivializes the concerns of people who question the modern American factory farm. That's not going to be a satisfactory answer to the people who have those concerns, many of whom vote, as do I.
In this article, Ms. Radke writes that "While these folks claim to be vegans for ethical, nutritional or environmental reasons, I'm sure that more often than not, there is a political or self-promotional platform behind their dietary choice."
1) How does she know what motivated them? Did she, maybe, read it in People magazine, or is she perhaps speculating and giving way to her own prejudices and preconceptions?
2) I don't know about you, but most of the people I know, including myself, have very mixed motives for most of the things we do. Let's say for the sake of argument that careerism did enter into their public stands. That doesn't in and of itself invalidate what they're saying. It's just an ad hominem attack ("These Hollywood types are phonies") that is irrelevant to the point at issue.
This article is full of logical fallacies. Here's another example:
"....However, when your food choice becomes a political platform to put America’s farmers and ranchers out of business, which is exactly what they practice when they help advance PETA’s and HSUS’ agendas to abolish animal agriculture and promote a vegan agenda, that’s when I have a problem."
I'm not sure whether a rhetorician would call that question begging, or circular reasoning, or a new term I just found on Wikipedia: "Argument from (personal) incredulity (divine fallacy, appeal to common sense) – I cannot imagine how this could be true, therefore it must be false."
The bottom line is, it's baloney. Oops. Being a vegetarian, I guess I should shun such words. I'll call it garbage instead. She's pandering to what she assumes to be your prejudices.
One more thing. I do support the Humane Society, by and large, but when I'm not laughing at PETA, I'm afraid of it. I certainly don't subscribe to PETA's points of view.
Don't assume that just because people like me disagree with much of what you do, we're PETA disciples.

on Dec 6, 2013

Howard, please define "factory farm."

Anonymous (not verified)
on Dec 11, 2013

Howard, there seem to be reams of print and hours of audio/video reporting of their own words to VERIFY that many 'celebrities' fit precisely the category which Ms. Radke reported of them!

Would you please report to us specifically where, and how many of these 'factory farms' you claim do such damage to our planet, and our food? Having travelled a good deal across very productive areas of this nation, I've yet to find one even one farm which fits that somewhat mythical category.

Nor have I found validation of harm to people from eating beef that is agreed upon by a majority of the scientific community making health recommendations regarding our diets. Moderation seems the rule, and is what has long been suggested even by those of us who produce the cattle which become beef. Fact is, the nutrients in a modest serving of beef are quite highly recommended by much of the health professional community.

Your own words reveal a considerable bias against meat, from producers of it to consumers of it, and while you are certainly welcome to your choice, why not take the high road and allow others their own choices which are not the same as yours. The cattle/beef/meat people are not trying to force anyone to our way, yet many on 'the other side' insist that everyone must follow your way. Why is that?

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