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Actor Shows Off Her Veggie-Made Physique to Promote Environmentally Friendly Vegetarian Meals
For Immediate Release:April 11, 2012
Contact:Wendy Wegner 202-483-7382
Los Angeles -- Lying naked on a blanket of fresh green vegetables below the words "Eat
Green to Go Green," Lisa Edelstein stars in a brand-new
pro-vegetarian print ad for PETA. While the ad's message is to "eat your
veggies to help stop cruelty to animals and save the environment one bite at a
time," the 44-year-old vegetarian star's toned physique speaks for itself.
The ad, available here, was
shot by top photographer Jack Guy.
"Vegetarianism is a really
important part of what we need to do to help the environment," explains
Edelstein in an exclusive PETA interview. "The meat industry is really
toxic to the environment. The cattle industry—besides the fact that there's a
lot of cruel things happening—the manure is extremely toxic."
The meat industry is responsible for an enormous amount of
water pollution and land degradation. What's more, a recent United Nations
report concluded that a global shift toward a vegan diet is necessary to combat
the worst effects of climate change, as raising animals for food is one of the
largest sources of carbon dioxide and the single largest source of both methane
and nitrous-oxide emissions.
Not only does going vegetarian help the environment, it can
also give your health a boost, as vegetarians are less prone to heart disease,
strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity than meat-eaters are. And of course, it
spares animals from extreme suffering on factory farms, in slaughterhouses, and
on the decks of fishing boats.
"I like to encourage people to
be a vegetarian once a week and then maybe twice a week," concludes
Edelstein, "because that makes such an enormous impact for the whole world
that it's really valuable for everyone. So I'm just trying to push that
campaign forward—with my body, apparently."
Edelstein is part of a growing list of celebrities—including
Alicia Silverstone, Casey Affleck, Sir Paul McCartney, Joaquin
Phoenix, Forest Whitaker, Kevin Nealon, Emily Deschanel,
and many more—who have teamed up with PETA to promote vegetarian eating.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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