Rachel Riley, Peter Egan, and Jasmine Harman are among celebs backing the Summer Vegan Pledge
Every year, Animal Aid runs a vegan pledge initiative to encourage those who are not vegan to give it a try – the Summer Vegan Pledge. It’s a 30-day vegan challenge that takes place throughout June.
Countdown star, Rachel Riley, and Downton Abbey actor, Peter Egan, are among the well-known faces backing this year’s pledge, and ahead of June, they are urging people to give veganism a try.
‘I feel really good’
Prior to the challenge, Rachel Riley speaks about her own journey to veganism. She says: ‘I found out that eggs and dairy were making me ill, and once I gave them up I felt like a new person almost overnight.’
‘As a big foodie, to still get my fix of dairy and egg-free puddings I started eating in vegan restaurants, and found that the food was delicious and interesting, and I didn’t need to eat meat.’
‘Then finally, after watching Blue Planet and going to the Galapagos in 2017 I learnt more about dodgy fishing practices and plastic pollution affecting wildlife, so I finally gave up fish for Veganuary and never went back to eating it.’
‘Now I feel really good, still get to eat a variety of really tasty food and can look every creature in the eye, it’s win-win.’
‘Best lifestyle in the world’
Peter Egan went vegan after opening his eyes to animal cruelty, he comments: ‘I decided to go vegan firstly because of the cruelty animals are subjected to, in order to provide me with a meal. I was appalled by the slaughter.’
‘Then, I realised that a plant-based diet was not only better for me ethically and physically, but it was healthier for our planet also. Once my head and my heart were in union, I realised that to be vegan is the best lifestyle in the world.’
‘Cured by a plant-based diet’
Philanthropist and V-bites founder, Heather Mills, speaks about how good veganism has been for her health, she says: ‘Initially, I became vegan 25 years ago because of health, after losing my leg.’
‘I was getting constant re-infection that only an introduction to a plant-based diet cured, after five months in hospital and endless antibiotics to no avail.’
‘Once vegan, I realised I wasn’t harming animals or the environment, it only takes us to care about one of these three reasons to become vegan, and then we naturally make a difference in all three arenas.’
‘It has never been easier’
Other celebrities, who are lending their support to this year’s Summer Vegan Pledge, are A Place in the Sun presenter Jasmine Harman, stand-up comedian Andrew O’Neill, Big Brother 2018 contestant and Vegan Fashion Futurist Kay Lovelle, and sports presenter Laura Winter.
Last year, celebrities including cricket legend Jason Gillespie and Made in Chelsea star Lucy Watson supported the Summer Vegan Pledge, encouraging others to try veganism. In 2018, more than 3,500 people took part in the Summer Vegan Pledge, with more than 50 per cent of them choosing to remain vegan thereafter.
Animal Aid campaign manager, Tod Bradbury, explains just how easy it is to take on the challenge, he says: ‘The Summer Vegan Pledge is the perfect opportunity for those who care about animals, the environment and their health to try a plant-based diet for a month.
‘It has never been easier to go vegan, with new vegan options coming to supermarket shelves, coffee shops, independent shops, health food shops and restaurants seemingly on a daily basis.’
‘By taking the Summer Vegan Pledge you will be helping animals and the planet, and also making positive changes for your health, so why not give it a go?’
If you’ve got friends, family or even work colleagues interested in veganism, why not send them details of this excellent initiative?