“Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch” Day (We actually support this one because it’s vegan!)
Out of all the ridiculous “days” that pop up on social media throughout the year, it’s National Cheese Day that really makes us gag—because cheese is essentially moldy stomach lining, and like all animal-derived dairy products, it contains pus from cows whose udders get bacterial infections when they’re treated like milk machines by the dairy industry. Cows are loving mothers who celebrate the birth of their calves and express anxiety and sorrow when they’re separated. In the dairy industry, cows’ milk and babies are stolen from them so that humans can consume dairy “products.” In addition to being extraordinarily cruel, this is also extremely unhealthy for humans and terrible for the environment.
Despite the myths some folks like to believe, vegans are in no way deprived of indulgences. In fact, there are more vegan cheese options than ever before, as major chains from Whole Foods to Trader Joe’s now carry an abundance of vegan brands.
To celebrate National [Vegan] Cheese Day PETA-style, we’re drawing inspiration from some of the most beautiful and beloved figures in Hollywood, sports, and music who will be opting for only animal-free cheese, today and all the other days of the year.
Natalie Portman is one of Hollywood’s most dedicated vegans, and she loves sharing healthy, animal-friendly recipes on her popular Instagram account:
The queen of TikTok and of our hearts, Tabitha Brown shows her millions of social media followers just how easy and delicious eating vegan can be. Check out her easy recipe for a vegan sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich:
@iamtabithabrownProcessed foods should be eaten in moderation but baby when you do, it gotta be good 🙌🏿 Sausage, Egg and cheese for the win! ##vegan ##tabithabrown
Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara
Two of Hollywood’s biggest talents on screen, this vegan pair often use their time off screen to speak up for animal rights (see, for instance, Phoenix’s epic Oscar acceptance speech calling out the dairy industry):
This hip-hop legend goes above and beyond when it comes to encouraging his family, friends, and fans to go vegan:
This A-lister has been cheese-free for over 14 years and even managed to get her mother to go vegan after she saw how great it made her feel:
The founding member of The Black Eyed Peas calls himself “violently vegan” and has even started dropping vegan references in his latest tracks:
Ava DuVernay is a barrier-breaking filmmaker and one of PETA’s Most Beautiful #Vegan Celebrities of 2018. Her dedication to social justice issues is inspiring ❤️ #BlackVegansWhoInspire #BlackHistoryMonth @ava pic.twitter.com/FgQnDjADAi
— PETA (@peta) February 16, 2019
The beloved star once said that “if people ask me about dairy I’ll go on a little dissertation.” The Texas native also showed compassion for pigs when he joined PETA to urge the state’s governor to ban cruel “wild hog catch” events:
The rapper, producer, filmmaker, and vocal vegan knows that humans are no different from animals in any important way:
The 18-year-old Stranger Things actor was inspired to go vegan by her Glass Castle costar Woody Harrelson and told Elle UK, “I realized what goes on in the egg industry, and the dairy industry, so then I was like, ‘That’s it! Going vegan!'”:
— Beyond Meat (@BeyondMeat) January 3, 2020
The Salvadoran comedian, actor, and activist, known for his very dry delivery, often talks about his vegan lifestyle in his standup act and hilarious Twitter feed:
I always get vegan ice cream from this place that I KNOW makes it too sweet bc honestly complaining is half the fun 🙂
— julio torres ~* (@juliothesquare) September 17, 2016
Her powerful portrayal of legendary freedom fighter Harriet Tubman made waves around the world.
— PETA (@peta) January 30, 2020
The British Formula One driver’s Instagram bio says it all: “[Plant] Based Diet. Love Animals.” PETA U.K.’s 2018 Person of the Year is helping the world cut out dairy and all animal-derived foods by backing the world’s first international vegan burger chain and producing vegan documentaries like The Game Changers:
Kindness clearly runs in the Mara family, as Kate shares her sister Rooney’s compassion for animals. The new mom knows that cows make milk for their babies, not for humans. She also loves vegan cheese so much that Bon Appétit wrote an entire article about it:
The British comedian and podcast host said that in addition to his respect for animals, he was “nudged” to go vegan by the meat and dairy industry lobbying highlighted in the documentary What the Health: