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Rachel Riley and Peter Egan Among Celebrities Backing Animal Aid’s Vegan Pledge

Vegan Challenge
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Countdown star Rachel Riley and actor Peter Egan are among the vegan celebrities and other public figures that support animal rights group Animal Aid‘s Summer Vegan Pledge.

The Summer Vegan Pledge, a 30-day vegan challenge that takes place in June, is back for its second year to encourage the public to go vegan for 30 days.

Participants will be offered all the help and advice that they need to stay vegan for 30 days, including a free welcome pack full of recipes, advice about nutrition, and tips on shopping.

Rachel Riley
Image: Countdown

Riley, who celebrated her first vegan anniversary with a vegan Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, spoke about her vegan journey that inspired her to support the vegan summer pledge.

“I found out that eggs and dairy were making me ill, and once I gave them up I felt like a new person almost overnight,” she said.

“As a big foodie, to still get my fix of dairy and egg-free puddings I started eating in vegan restaurants and found that the food was delicious and interesting and I didn’t need to eat meat.”

“Then finally, after watching Blue Planet and going to the Galapagos in 2017 I learnt more about dodgy fishing practices and plastic pollution affecting wildlife, so I finally gave up fish for Veganuary and never went back to eating it.”

“Now I feel really good, still get to eat a variety of really tasty food and can look every creature in the eye, it’s win-win.”

Image: Animal Aid

Egan, who went to Indonesia this year to expose the cruelty behind the country’s dog meat trade, also shared his vegan journey to inspire others to try the Summer Vegan Pledge: “I decided to go vegan firstly because of the cruelty animals are subjected to in order to provide me with a meal.”

“I was appalled by the slaughter. Then I realized that a plant-based diet was not only better for me ethically and physically, but it was healthier for our planet also.”

“Once my head and my heart were in union, I realized that to be vegan is the best lifestyle in the world.”

Other well-known faces who supported this year’s Summer Vegan Pledge are “A Place in the Sun” presenter Jasmine Harman, stand-up comedian Andrew O’Neill, “Big Brother 2018” contestant Kay Lovelle, sports presenter Laura Winter, and philanthropist Heather Mills.

Image: Dog Meat Free Indonesia

Animal Aid’s undercover investigations exposed the abuse and neglect in farms and slaughterhouses — including the ones that are considered to have “high welfare.”

Speaking about the Summer Vegan Pledge, Animal Aid Campaign Manager Tod Barbury said in a statement sent to Vegan World News: “The Summer Vegan Pledge is the perfect opportunity for those who care about animals, the environment, and their health to try a plant-based diet for a month.”

“It has never been easier to go vegan, with new vegan options coming to supermarket shelves, coffee shops, independent shops, health food shops, and restaurants seemingly on a daily basis.”

“By taking the Summer Vegan Pledge you will be helping animals and the planet, and also making positive changes for your health, so why not give it a go?”

You can sign up for the 2019 Summer Vegan Pledge on the Animal Aid website.

Other features of the Summer Vegan Pledge 2019 are regular updates throughout the month to keep them motivated and fully informed about the cruelty-free lifestyle, access to exclusive social media channels for sharing tips, details about vegan events and special offers, and one-to-one help if needed.

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Roxanne Libatique

Written by Roxanne Libatique

Roxanne is a vegan journalist and advocate for animal rights and mental health. She tries to live consciously and spends her free time traveling, enjoying vegan food, volunteering, and speaking up for all animals. Connect with her at @roxlibatique on Twitter and Instagram.

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