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Vegan Wrestler Daniel Bryan Wins PETA Award

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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!

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  • Way to go Daniel! There is one caveat to vegetarian instead of vegan food. Animal protein, particularly cow milk protein, binds with all the healing antioxidants and renders them USELESS to our body! It’s so easy and healthier to be vegan!

    Why else would someone choose to be vegan? To help end world hunger for one! Here are two uplifting videos to help everyone understand why so many people are making this life affirming choice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKr4HZ7ukSE and http://www.veganvideo.org

  • 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. Sorry to sound like such a debbie downer, I don’t mean to!

    • Jacqueline

      Just the other day I heard a vegan refer to themselves as a vegetarian and it made me think about why they would do this. I think the general public is starting to gain acceptance for vegetarians but the word “vegan” is still intimidating for some reason and gets negative reactions from people. I understand how incredibly stupid this is, but maybe they thought they’d gain more ground using the word vegetarian instead of risk alienating people with the other v word?? From personal experience anyway, going from a vegetarian to a vegan, I definitely noticed a difference in the way people reacted to the different words.

  • veryveg

    I am happy to see more people attempting to change the way we think about food and what we are consuming– Consumers have the right to know where their food comes from and how animals are treated before they reach their plates. This is a good, short video to watch about this topic: MeatVideo.com. Or visit ChooseVeg.com for information on adapting a more compassionate lifestyle.

    Going vegetarian is one of the best actions we can take to improve our health. According to the American Dietetic Association, vegetarians are reported to have lower body mass indices than non-vegetarians, as well as lower rates of death from ischemic heart disease; vegetarians also show lower blood cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and lower rates of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and prostate and colon cancer.

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