Is it just me or does PETA sometimes seem to be the well-meaning friend who sometimes needs a boundary check or two?
Recently the organization was penning letters to a sheriff, encouraging him to make use of vegan meals for prisoners - specifically a man accused of eating and murdering his girlfriend, which PETA claimed would decrease his murderous feelings. (Seriously?) Now, they are trying to prod actress Anne Hathaway back to veganism.
The actress recently decided to quit her vegan lifestyle, citing that the vegan diet was not right for her as it was making her feel unhealthy and weak. Upon hearing the news, PETA started sending her an array of vegan gifts, such as cookbooks, in an attempt to make her jump back on the vegan diet. But that’s not all. Dietary guides, a vegan starter kit, as well as a gift basket were also going to be sent to the star. PETA claims that, since they know Anne is a woman who cares about animals, they don’t want her to give up on the vegan lifestyle due to having received bad advice regarding it, which could have pushed her onto the anti-vegan bandwagon.
But Anne seems to have thought this major life decision through thoroughly before making her move. Apart from claiming not to feel strong and healthy, the actress also told Harper’s Bazaar that relinquishing the lifestyle helped to make her feel good again, so maybe she's not looking back.
Although veganism should be encouraged in society, if one does not follow a vegan diet correctly, such as by ensuring one gets enough nutrients from it, then it can be harmful to one's health. This may or may not have been the issue for Anne. Although PETA has probably thought along the same lines, wanting to encourage Anne to give healthy veganism another try, should they be minding their own business?
Sure, PETA means well with this initiative, but it does seem like they might be crossing a line. Yes, encouraging people to be vegan is a good thing, but much like trying to get someone to eat healthy foods and skip the unhealthy fats, it shouldn’t be about trying too hard to coerce them to make the change. Veganism, at heart, is about not doing harm, so it's a lifestyle change that should originate from a person's deep-seated values in order to be authentic.
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