Mena Suvari Is a Glowing Vegan Mom-to-Be in New PETA Ad

For Immediate Release:
February 16, 2021

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – Wearing nothing but an oversized avocado covering her baby bump, American Beauty actor Mena Suvari stars in a new PETA campaign celebrating the benefits of a healthy vegan pregnancy.

For Suvari, who has been vegan since 2017, a plant-powered pregnancy was the obvious choice.

“With everything I know about the cruelty of the meat industry and the health benefits of going vegan, I knew I wanted to raise my son to be a kind, loving, and empathetic person, and I think that can start with how we eat as a family,” she tells PETA.

Each person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals every year and dramatically reduces their risk of suffering from heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. A healthy vegan diet of leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds, lentils, beans, whole grains, and flaxseeds provides an excellent source of iron, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, and other nutrients that expecting parents need to thrive—without any saturated animal fat or cholesterol.

Suvari is part of a long list of PETA pals—including Laura Clery, Daniella Monet, Emily Deschanel, and Suvari’s American Woman costar Alicia Silverstone—who have been outspoken about the benefits of a healthy vegan pregnancy.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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