by Jennifer Mishler
Categories: Animals, Causes, Entertainment, Sports
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Photo: PETA

WWE Superstar and World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan is being honored by PETA for being a cruelty-free athlete.

Bryan won the peta2 Libby Award for Most Animal-Friendly Athlete, according to Wrestle Zone. The wrestler has boasted that his vegan diet is what keeps him strong and gives him endurance in the ring.

Bryan said, “My vegetarian diet allows me to lead a healthier lifestyle, reduce my carbon footprint, and save the lives of more than 100 animals every year. I’m stronger and healthier than ever, and I feel good about doing something positive for myself, animals, and the planet.”

Wrestle Zone added that millions have also “slammed meat to the mat” for the health benefits of a plant-based diet (including lower risks of heart disease, obesity, cancer and diabetes), a reduced environmental impact, and to stop contributing to the horrific treatment of animals in factory farms.

Bryan wasn’t the only athlete up for a Libby. Philadelphia Phillies second basemen Chase Utley, Jake Shield of Strikeforce mixed martial arts, and Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee were nominated too.

Check out Daniel’s peta2 “Go Vegetarian” video below!

About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

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  • http://twitter.com/thesarahhosick Sarah Hosick

    I’m confused. In the title of this article, it says he’s vegan, but he himself says he’s vegetarian. Also, why wasn’t CM Punk included? He’s a vegetarian WWE star, too. And Jake Sheilds (who is actually vegan) has been fighting in the UFC for a long while, not Strikeforce.