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Group Thanks Singer for Speaking Out About His New Vegetarian Diet
For Immediate Release:March 20, 2013
Contact:Shakira Croce 202-483-7382
Los Angeles -- Ricky Martin has started living la vida
vegetariana, and PETA couldn't be prouder. Now, just in time for Meatout 2013,
PETA is honoring Martin for choosing meat-free meals—and for tweeting about how
"amazing" the switch has made him feel—by sponsoring a rescued
chicken named Olivia in his name. Olivia was rescued by Florida's Kindred
Spirits Sanctuary, where she is now thriving. She spends her days taking dust
baths, roosting in trees, and basking in the sun. A copy of the certificate that PETA sent to
Martin—which includes a photo of Olivia—is available here.
"PETA is delighted that Ricky
is sharing with his millions of fans how increíble he feels as a
vegetarian," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "He's
not alone: People who go vegetarian boost their energy and cut their risk of
heart disease, cancer, and obesity—and they help save animals like Olivia, too."
chickens are as lucky as Olivia. Chickens raised and killed for
their flesh are bred to grow so large so fast that many become crippled from
the weight of their massive upper bodies. They have their throats slit while
they are still conscious, and many are scalded to death in defeathering tanks.
which began in 1985, occurs every year on March 20, the first day of spring. It
encourages people to see for themselves how easy, delicious, and healthful
meat-free meals can be. Many people who try eating vegetarian decide to stick
with it—just as Martin has.
PETA is proud to recognize Martin's compassion. He has
joined a long list of celebrities—including Anne Hathaway, Carrie Underwood,
Alicia Silverstone, Joaquin Phoenix, Jessica Chastain, and former President
Bill Clinton—who enjoy healthy, humane, eco-friendly meat-free meals.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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