by Michael dEstries
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Score one for Pamela Anderson and PETA! The fantastic animal-rights duo were one of the initial reasons why former American Idol singer Kellie Pickler decided to go vegetarian. The 22 year-old spied an ad on television featuring Anderson urging people to do some research on animal cruelty. “One night I couldn’t sleep,” she told People magazine, “and I was up and just Googling random stuff and I’m like, ‘Hmmm, PETA.’ I saw all the videos and I just thought it was horrible. It’s animal cruelty. A lot of it has to do with knowing what happens to the animals and it really bothered me and so I will not eat meat.”

So, fresh info in hand, Pickler turned to her pal Carrie Underwood for advice. The country singing sensation — and 2005 winner of PETA’s World’s Sexiest Vegetarian — gave her little more than three days of survival. However, five months later Pickler is still going strong — with Underwood giving her support every step of the way. “We have this little vegetarian thing going on. I’ll text [Carrie] and be like, ‘Is fish considered a meat?’ And she’ll be like, ‘Well, different people look at it differently.'”

No word on whether Pickler is a Pesce-Vegetarian (yes, I had to look that up) — but kudos to her for making the switch. Nice work, Carrie!

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Run-DMS

    Pam Anderson isn’t so deserving of Ecorazzi’s praise. Remember how she offered her Viper as a prize? Well, go look up the wretched fuel economy of a Viper.

    Really, if this site is serious about the environment, it must recognize that fighting global warming and air pollution is more important as an *environmentalist* cause than PETA, which acts out of non-environmentalist concerns (ending animal suffering).

    There’s a great contradiction between saying you wanna save the little animals and recklessly polluting the air they breathe. Pammy doesn’t get it. It’s time Ecorazzi got it.

  • michael

    Run — This site is serious about the environment — but we don’t hide the fact that we also cover issues pertaining to animal rights, humanitarian work, charity, vegetarian lifestyle, etc.

    In my opinion, they’re all related and all worthy of discussing.

    PETA’s mission is valuable to the environmental movement. Reducing the consumption of meat in this world would do wonders for decreasing the amount of C02 pushed into the atmosphere each year.

    Recognizing that animals deserve respect will go a long way towards protecting their habitats, preserving the environment, and engaging society to care more about the world around us and less how it tastes on our plates or looks on our bodies.

  • Run-DMS

    Michael, a pitfall in linking PETA to the environmental movement is that the public will associate some of PETA’s more ridiculous and/or offensive work (like putting bikini-clad women in cages and having them hold egg-shaped signs about the suffering of chicks) with environmentalists. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to correct people who confuse the environmental movement with the animal-rights movement. I’ve heard people dismiss environmentalist concerns as the concerns of those nuts at PETA.

    With regard to Pammy, she’s clearly an animal-rights activist but she’s not an environmentalist. That makes her look a weensy bit stupid.

  • Aelys

    If I’m correct, the right word is actually Pescetarian.
    I’m not a fan of PETA’s methods, but good for Kellie for finally feeling concerned. Hopefully she’s paving her own way to become a vegetarian.

  • michael

    With regards to Pamela, I see her as more of a force in the animal rights arena and less of an environmentalist. Though I believe that her deeper involvement with the group as led her to become linked to supporting green causes (as a force for helping animals, IMHO). That being said, she has pushed for sustainable green building in projects both in Canada and the UAE — though how committed she is to the idea remains to be seen.

    And yes, her Viper was a mileage disaster. I’d be curious to see what she’s driving now.

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  • Ian

    I really shake my head when I read articles like this and the comments people leave. Please, try to educate yourselves on the issues instead of blindly following what seems to be trendy at the time. As for PETA, they and the majority of their supporters are the biggest hypocrites ever. Don’t forget Pam’s Viper came with leather seats. Real leather.
    I am a farmer in Canada and yes I use chemicals on my crops. If you are against that I completely respect that. However, if you are against it because you have been brainwashed to believe that it’s healthier, I have a problem with that. FYI, organic farming puts more CO2 into the air than conventional. Don’t believe me? Visit a farm and see for yourself. I just have a real problem with uneducated and ignorant people forcing their views on other people and then being indignant when an opposing view is presented.

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