Actor Bellamy Young Is Proud to Be Vegan

In a memorable scene, actor Bellamy Young eats fried “chicken” prepared specially for her, as co-star Kerry Washington noted on Twitter. But long before she gained fame as “first lady,” Young followed her conscience and removed animal-derived products from her life. In 1988, while still in college, she went vegan and credits the choice to remove meat and dairy foods from her life with ending her cystic acne breakouts and giving her more energy—which is obvious from her radiant beauty and vibrant zest for life!

Watch her exclusive chat with PETA about her continued enthusiasm for following a vegan lifestyle—and her hope that you’ll be inspired to make the same change.

If you’re ready to do your part for your health and for animals, it’s never too early (or late) to make the kind, smart choice to eat a plant-based diet, giving your well-being a boost and sparing animals unnecessary suffering. It’s also never been easier to give up meat, eggs, and dairy foods: There are countless compassionate options in grocery stores and restaurants across the country, and PETA has hundreds of free, delicious vegan recipes for you to try.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind