Sylvie Guillem Promotes Vegan Eating in New PETA U.K. Ad

Legendary Ballerina Says That She's Stronger Than Ever, Thanks to Meat-Free Meals

For Immediate Release:
November 10, 2015

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

New York – Nude and posed mid-leap, iconic dancer Sylvie Guillem—who’s in the midst of her “Life in Progress” farewell tour, which hits the Big Apple on November 12—takes the ultimate “selfie” in a new ad campaign for PETA U.K. (available here) that proclaims, “Picture Yourself Strong and Healthy. Go Vegan.” Guillem—one of the world’s most celebrated dancers—went vegan more than five years ago and says that she has never felt better.

“I am stronger as a vegan than I ever was with meat and dairy,” she says. “What I can do I will do. No one person can change the world, but one, and one, and one add up.”

Going vegan is a great way to boost your health, as vegans are less likely to suffer from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity than meat-eaters are. Every person who goes vegan spares more than 100 animals every year daily suffering and a terrifying death in today’s meat, egg, and dairy industries. And vegan meals are “greener,” too, as the meat industry is a major producer of greenhouse gasses that contribute to climate change.

Guillem joins a growing list of celebrities—including Vivienne Westwood, Charlize Theron, Paul McCartney, Twiggy, and many others—who have teamed up with PETA U.K. (whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”) to promote animal protection.

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