Natalie Portman, an academy award winner, and a vegan feminist believes that veganism and feminism go closely together.
Portman recently delivered a speech during WE Day California addressing 16 thousand students, “a celebrity-packed celebration of youth activism,” reports Yahoo News.
“Only after I became active in women’s issues did I realize that my veganism was related to those very issues,” she told the crowd. “Dairy and eggs don’t just come from cows and chickens, they come from female cows and female chickens. We’re exploiting female bodies and abusing the magic of female animals to create eggs and milk.”
The actress is not the first to have said something like this. A lot of consumers have started shifting their lifestyle from vegetarianism towards veganism because of how hens and dairy cows are treated.
“Mothers are separated from children to create milk. Animals are sick and in crowded, prison-like conditions to make dairy and eggs. It doesn’t take a lot to draw the line from how we treat animals to how we treat humans,” Portman told the crowd.
Portman was already a vegetarian by the age of 9 and shifting toward veganism about 8 years ago. She has been an active supporter and activist for animals rights in the last couple of years.
She recommended strongly 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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