Actor Says Ditching Meat Has Helped Her Health—and Her Conscience
For Immediate Release:
May 18, 2020
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Los Angeles – Wearing a dramatic headdress made entirely of fresh fruits, veggies, and flowers, Alba Flores stars in a brand-new campaign for PETA that encourages everyone to save animals and the planet by going vegetarian—an action that also helps prevent the spread of deadly animal-borne diseases.
The Money Heist star decided to stop eating meat after seeing how much food was wasted after her family’s Christmas Eve celebration. “I started to think about where that food came from and how much food will be thrown away … and [wondered] how necessary the deaths of those animals really were,” she told PETA. “I started to look into it, and I realized that this wasn’t the only big problem. The entire animal agriculture industry poses a very serious problem for the planet.”
PETA stresses that the reasons to go vegan have never been clearer or more pressing. COVID-19 is believed to have originated in a “wet market” where live and dead animals are sold for human consumption. Filthy meat markets, factory farms, and slaughterhouses crammed full of sick and stressed animals are breeding grounds for zoonotic diseases. Previous influenza viruses originated in chickens and pigs.
Every person who goes vegan reduces their carbon footprint, as the meat industry is a leading producer of the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change; spares nearly 200 animals a year daily suffering and a terrifying death; and reduces their own risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
“And now, the truth is I feel so much better eating vegetables and legumes and grains,” Flores concludes. “I think that your food doesn’t have to be the cause of suffering and exploitation of animals.”
Flores joins a growing list of celebrities—including Penélope Cruz, Kate del Castillo, Eva Mendes, Joaquin Phoenix, and Juan Pablo Di Pace—who have teamed up with PETA or PETA Latino to promote kindness toward animals.
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 PETA.org.