Miss Universe Urges Planet Protectors to Go Vegan in New PETA Ad

For Immediate Release:
December 10, 2021

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New York – In the lead-up to the next Miss Universe competition on Sunday, crowned in a headdress made of fruits, veggies, and flowers, Miss Universe Andrea Meza appears in a new ad for PETA, encouraging everyone to do their part for the world by going vegan and opting for cruelty-free holiday feasts.

“You just have to adjust some things, like change dairy for almond milk, soy milk, or any kind of milk that you want. And you can change meat for vegan meat that you can find in every supermarket or [use] tofu [or] mushrooms,” she advises in a new video. “[A]ll these different textures … will add a delicious taste to your meal.”

“You don’t have to have an animal on your plate in order to share this beautiful time of the year with all your family,” Meza assures anyone who hasn’t yet made the switch.

Every person who eats vegan over Christmas and all year round spares nearly 200 animals daily suffering and terrifying deaths each year, reduces their risk of developing heart disease and cancer, and reduces their carbon footprint, as raising animals for food is one of the largest contributors to the greenhouse-gas emissions that put the planet in peril.

Meza joins a growing list of celebrities—including Penélope Cruz, Kate del Castillo, Eva Mendes, Joaquin Phoenix, and Alba Flores—who have teamed up with PETA entities to promote kindness to animals.

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

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