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Alicia Silverstone: Inspiring Animal Lover and Vegan

Alicia Silverstone, well-known for her role in the movie Clueless is one of the more vocal animal lovers out there. It is her love of animals that inspired her to become vegan and it helps her stay trim. So what is the deal with eating vegan?

Vegans believe it is morally wrong to eat or use anything that came from an animal. Vegans don't eat meat, eggs, dairy products like cheese and ice cream, gelatin, or honey. Strict vegans do not wear leather, fur, feathers, pearls, bone, silk, wool, or use lanolin.

Vegans study products to figure out what ones are cruelty-free (not tested on animals) and contain no animal ingredients. For instance, Alicia uses products from Kiss My Face and Burt's Bees because they are not tested on animals. Vegans feel animals have rights and deserve to be treated with respect.

Along with compassion for animals, Alicia also believes in making a conscious effort to have a positive effect on our world . She uses canvas bags instead of plastic ones, and she believes in recycling to decrease waste that goes into land fills.

Fit's Tips: You don't need to become a vegan to be healthy and environmentally conscious. You can opt for products that are cruelty free, as well as buy free-range meat and cage-free eggs whenever possible. And look for milk that clearly states it's rGBH-free.

Need a little more information? Let Steven the Vegan explain. He may be joking around, but his values come straight from the heart. To see the video,

In the mood for something funny and light? Check this out. This girl is definitely no vegan.


starryeyedvegan starryeyedvegan 10 years
As an avid reader of your site and a vegan, I was very pleased to see you pumping up the vegans for half a minute, but was so displeased with the end of your article. I have always liked Popsugar in general because it provides the goody entertainment gossip but does its very best to stay true to fact as much as possible. Sadly you ended this article by saying that you don't have to be vegan to help animals or the environment, and that you can just go buy some "cage free eggs" or "free range meat". By doing this you have unknowingly just become part of the lie. There is no "happy" meat. Cage free hens are treated and kept no different then regular hens. They are all tortured and caged the same way. Same thing with the dairy and meat industry. These catch phrases are just ways for the meat and dairy industry to mask the public from the truth. Learn the hard facts The Free Range Myth
Meet Your Meat (contains graphic material) Although I still enjoy your website in general, I hope that you will help continue to bring truth to your articles. I know that your whole website is based on media, but there is a difference in enjoying the stars and their day to day lives caught on film, and becoming victim to media lies. Thanks for letting this vegan rant. For the animals, for the environment, for your health...GO VEGAN!
GeikoSera GeikoSera 10 years
I love Alicia! Good for her that she's being such a positive role model. :)
Fitness Fitness 10 years
kscincotta - I used to think the same thing, but actually, if you eat dairy products, you are also inadvertently supporting beef and veal production. You see, in order for a female cow to give milk, she needs to have been pregnant. After she gives birth, the calf either goes to a veal farm, a beef farm, or might grow up to become a dairy cow. Not all dairy cows are treated well. Most are impregnated against they're will, and some are pumped with hormones so that they produce unnatural amounts of milk, causing infections in there udders. To get wool, the sheep is given a hair-cut, so they're not killed, but large production wool farms don't exactly treat their sheep well. It's really a sad truth the way animals are treated by some humans. They feel that the animals are there for humans to use, so they think it gives them the right to treat them cruelly. You can do your part and buy from companies that treat their animals as humanely as possible. You can also right to companies that don't and tell them why you won't use they're products. If you feel really strongly about animal's right, becoming vegan might be a great option for you.
chafina chafina 10 years
kscincotta- It's a common misconception that animals aren't hurt for dairy or wool, but nothing could be farther from the truth. Dairy cows are factory farmed, force fed, loaded with antibiotics and calves are sent away for veal. Sheep have it just as bad. Check these out: :)
guiltypleasure guiltypleasure 10 years
Fit you have totally inspired me. I was vegan and loved it for 5 years before I got to college, where it just became so difficult. I have been thinking about trying to get back into it again and seeing this post helped me decide I need to do it! (And like you, JLew1982, I haven't been the same since seeing Fast Food Nation.) Wish me luck!
JLew1982 JLew1982 10 years
While I was never a vegan, I used to be vegetarian. I slowly moved away from it. So last weekend I watched "Fast Food Nation." While the movie is not great, I haven't been able to eat meat since! If you have seen it, you know what I'm talking about.
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
While I very much admire what she does, I could never do it. And I've always found it interesting that vegans won't use things like wool or dairy or silk which doesn't actually hurt the animal to take. Ditto the pearls (which never crossed my mind before), given that they are actually an irritant to the oyster.
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Yeah, relationships are tough if the 2 people eat drastically different diets. Being vegan is not that tough if you really feel strongly about it. (I was a vegan for 6 years) There are so many options for vegans - dairy free cheese, soy yogurt, veggie sausage - you just have to find what's out there. You can also find non-leather shoes and accessories if you really want them. There is a whole vegan world out there. I really admire people who feel that strongly about animal rights.
7bits 7bits 10 years
I once went out with a girl that was a vegan and our conversation went like this, Candice, "I'm vegan..." Me, "I like to eat meat and my dad's a butcher" Candice, "We're not going to get along" Me, "Yep"
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
I could never live that strictly. Never. I have TOTALLY been thinking about Clueless lately. That was my favorite movie for years. I LOVE Alicia.
swwonder swwonder 10 years
I'd become a vegan if I wasn't so stubborn and lazy. I'd miss my honey in smoothies, leather accessories and woolly jumpers. Everything else I avoid anyhow.
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