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Emily Deschanel’s All About Animals and the Environment

Written by PETA | April 22, 2009

As a huge fan of Bones, I was giddy to learn that Emily Deschanel is an environmentalist who puts her money where her mouth is—literally—by eating a vegan diet.

We couldn’t think of a better person to feature smack-dab in the middle of “Meat’s Not Green” Week than Emily and, luckily, she was able to take time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions.

Here Emily is in her own words:

Do you have any animal companions? I don’t have any animal companions right now. My amazing dog Snookie passed away a year ago. She was 17 years old. I miss her. She was super sweet and smart. I’m not ready for another animal in my life right now, especially because I wouldn’t have the time to take proper care of them (we work 16- to 17-hour days). I look forward to the day I can bring another animal into my home. They enrich our lives so much! Of course, I would adopt!

What made you decide to go vegan? In high school, a teacher screened the documentary “Diet for a New America” based on the book of the same name. It exposes the dirty business of factory farms: the cruelty that the animals experience, the dangers of a meat-based diet to your health, and the devastating environmental impact. I decided to go vegetarian on the spot with the intention to go completely vegan when I was ready. It took me two years. I’ve never looked back.

What are some of your favorite vegetarian foods? I love anything Dave Anderson makes at Madeleine Bistro in Los Angeles, and I love the food at Candle 79 in New York City. I’m obsessed with cookies from Sun Flour Bakery.

I don’t really cook for myself right now since my schedule is insane. I look forward to the day I can pick up my Veganomicon cookbook and go to town!! I also indulge in raw chocolate on a daily basis.

If you could make people wake up to one issue involving animals or one particular form of cruelty to animals, what would it be and what would you wish for? In my experience, the issue that is avoided the most is [raising] animals for food, specifically factory farms. Nothing makes me more upset than when someone says they don’t want to know about the horrors going on. Ten billion animals every year in North America have to live and die in horrible ways; the least we can do is hear about it. I have hope, though. More and more people are going veg and vegan. Look at the popularity of Skinny Bitch and PETA as an organization and how they have changed people’s minds about animals and food. It is so much better than it was almost 16 years ago when I made the switch to being vegan.


Looking for a little more Deschanel? Check out her vegetarian testimonial and then click here to learn more about meat’s impact on the environment.


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Written by Shawna Flavell

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  • ginger m says:

    I think it is fantastic that you are seeking to help the environment by doing something for yourself. You should plug this on one of the “Bones” episodes. While I’m a meat lover and don’t plan on changing my diet kudos to you and all who are willing to make such a change! And adopting a cat is sound advice. I have several and wouldn’t trade any for the world or all is has to offer!

  • gloria carden says:

    love watch Bones tv shows..she is so kool.and i think Emily Deschanel is a very pretty name..i watch bi ratones over and over..i rate Emily Deschanel as bones..could i get a 8×10 picture of her and David Deschanel..thank you

  • Menelwe says:

    Well it was a nice surprise to learn that she was vegan although I already was vegetarian! I’m more and more looking for informations about becoming 100 vegan but it’s amazing how the industry manages to blend animal things inside of almost every product . But as I’m working hard for the animal protection it won’t take a long time until I cross the threshold and I know I’ll never look back! I’ve realized that two years of vegetarism are almost too much if I want to be logic in my way of life. Anyway I wish you all a merry good Christmas and I’m looking forward to see news Bones eps because it’s one of my favorite shows !

  • frances says:

    I am all for being veg. or vegan but if it is true that the biggest contributors to the greenhouse effect are farm animals how exactly is not eating meat going to lessen that. If you have a problem with deer in your town or yard then being opposed to hunting wont help. Not hunting will make the population and therefore the problem rise.

  • Danielle says:

    i watched a video on factory farming because i saw this video from emily…i have been vegetarian for almost a year and i sometimes go vegan but im having a hard time with that since im the only vegetarian in my family. Iv’e never rele liked meat anyways so it wasn’t hard for me to make the choice but once i saw the facotry farm documentory i actually cried and i became a vegetarian permanetly. Thank you Emily for being a great supporter!!

  • Adam says:

    Im all for being vegetarian and vegan but I’d love to see the study she cites which says that farm animals are the biggest contributors to the greenhouse effect. In fact Im almost 100 certain that’s completely false. Coal fired power plants are the biggest contributors. It’s pretty low to stoop to such tactics.

  • Patty Tipton says:

    I also am a big fan of “Bones”. We first watched the Show because of Booth “Angel” but fell in love and cried with the actors in the show. We miss Zack. I am also a big fan of Emily’s jewerlry. I am not sure who picks the pieces out but I think they have good taste. I am a strong lover of animals cats and volunteer my time with Farel Cats and Feline Ass. But like my cats I do love meat but I do have a alot of friends that are vegetarians and have no problem about it. Please keep up with show I hope for manny yeatrs of seeing more of it.

  • keoshia says:

    Iam a big fan I am only 11years old plase write me back

  • Stinky62 says:

    The projects are evaluated periodically with two indepth evaluations in the middle of the year and at the end.

  • Jess says:

    Emily is an inspiration Glad to be vegetarian.

  • Raquel Luciana da Silva says:

    I’m from Brazil and i’m huge fan of Bones and Emily Deschanel. I love her talent and for she been a amazing human being.

  • Erica says:

    I adore Bones and Emily! Thanks for the video! Veganism is one of the best choices I’ve ever made and knowing there is other people out there doing the same is wonderful!

  • Veghead says:

    I have been a vegetarian for two years and it is possibly the best choice of my life. She was not the reason but later on when i was considering going back to eating meat i read on her biography that she was veganand her being one of my herosi decided to keep trying. She has made a major impact on my life. Thanks Emily!

  • Blah says:

    I think it is a great thing that you are doing! I 3 bones!

  • Luis Fontana says:

    Animals were created by God for our enjoyment and use. I will NOT stop eating meat. Emily You are beautiful and I love bones but don’t believe in what you’re promoting! PETA LOVERS you’re a strange bunch!

  • arlette says:

    OMG! eres una gran persona Emily

  • michali says:

    does emily have a email address? and i love her in the show w david they r so funny and cue. R they married in real life?

  • Ariane says:

    I’ve always loved Emily! I actually didn’t find out about her until after I found out about Zooey. I think it’s so cool that they are both vegan that way they always have eachother for support. I’ve been a vegetarian for seven years now and I will never go back. Hey if anyone wants good vegan treats or ideas you should read this months issue of self magazine with zooey deschanel on the cover she has some really good ones in there.

  • brittany lawrence says:

    Emily Deschanel is my favorite actress and I love bones! I watched a few videos about her talking about becoming I gave it a try and i’m loving it! I feel healthier and I know I am helping animals and the environment.

  • Matthyew Fritch says:

    This was a great reading

  • linda fusco says:

    hi is zoe duchanel your sister? you both have incredable eyes

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  • jamie hall says:

    i love emily she is a great person i belive and a great actress! she’s so cool my 5 yr old son digs her! get it digs her! any way he does love to wacth bones as much as possible i think if he could he vote 4 it to be on all the time. well love ya and the show1

  • Amanda Tunnel says:

    I have been a vegetarian for 7 years.Thanks to Emily I am now a healthy vegan!

  • Lisa says:

    She can still adopt a dog my dogs sleep all day and rarely need to be taken out. My little dog was rescued and the family who had her before us had her litter box trained so you can litter box train a puppy. Now of coursecause we’re lazy she LOVES being outdoors. I mean she doesn’t live in an apartment so you CAN have a pet logistically but i think she was more or less talking about having time to give the animal love and affection. D

  • Kate says:

    Emily Deschanel u r amazing and i would like o become a vegan but i LOVE milk! ill try to go vegetarian tho. u are a huge inspiration to me as a urself and as Bones.ur so cool

  • Justa Person says:

    Really? No Meat or Dairy of any kind? Is this really the answer? I’m just not convinced that there is anything wrong with eating a healthful balanced diet that includes organically grown and raised meat such as bison. I never eat fast food and I give it my all to not buy overly processed foods that take a lot of packaging or production. I try to buy locally as much as I can and I try to give back by helping others. The weirdest phrase in this odd culture we’re in is that we should “save the world.” The world needs no saving. Just us.

  • Linda Bortner says:

    EmilyYou look so healthy and beautiful. Your vegan diet rocksAnd has inspired me to change my eating habits. God Bless You.

  • Meggie says:

    OMG! i didn’t know she was a vegan!!!!! that just makes me love her and bones even more!!!! WOHOO!!!

  • Cynthia L. Roseman-Puccio says:

    Eating vegan among meat eaters is often a matter of respect for each other. When I went vegan four years ago at age 56 my inlaws said nothing but they have all abided by my decision. At family meals there is always something for me they have creamed broccoli mine is steamed and much tastier. I’ve gotten to the point where I cringe when I see them eat meat because I know how bad it is for their health. I don’t preach but every so often I throw in a little comment.

  • Henrietta Gallardo says:

    I am not a vegan however I am fast getting there. I love Emily Deschanel and her character and Bones is my favourite TV series. I may not be able to become a total vegan as I had Pancreatic Cancer underwent chemo and radiation and am also a diabetic and epileptic. I have tried eating less and less meat however there are times that it is impossible. However this is NOT about me but the fact that I would like very much to become a vegan I love BONES and Emily Deschanel and I do agree with her beliefs. Thank you Anhri is my username and the one I would like to use on here. Anhri

  • Patricia says:

    Personally I’m only vegetarian but my husband is vegan and we live in cow country lol. In Texas even being vegetarian is still “weird” to a lot of people and we definitely get odd looks and comments when people find out he’s vegan.

  • Tricia says:

    I’m so glad there is finally an articlevideo on here with Emily Deschanel. Not only has she herself had some impact on my choosing to go veg but Bones did as well. Kristine in response to your remark about ridicule yes I too experience it all the time. Most people understand my vegetarian diet since its pretty popular but no one seems to be able to accept the fact that I would like to become a vegan when I can. It doesn’t help that I’m not in a very vegfriendly city. Hang in there people will suck less some day.

  • Kristine says:

    I have been a vegetarian for three years now and have tried to become vegan twice but always go back to eating little bits of dairy mainly because of the social ridicule. Every day I seem to get drilled and laughed at for what I am eating. Anyone else experience this? living among ALL meateaters?

  • Judith says:

    Thanks to Emily’s inspirational lifestyle I have been a vegetarian for one year.!

  • prixi says:

    Emily you are such an inspiration for many people… thanks you I’m kinda changing my eating habits drinking rice milk for example

  • Annie Leal says:

    I love Emily Deschanel! And I love Bones! I have to admit that she was a big part on me going vegan because I saw she did an event with PETA on thanksgiving and I was like “wow I should check out what peta is” and here I am now vegan and very happy about it! Thanks Emily!!!

  • Natasha says:

    I lover her! Emily should adopt a cat since cats sleep like 16 hours a day!