The Internet is having a field day with the news of Beyonce and Jay-Z‘s self-imposed 22-day “vegan” challenge. While many people are excited about their undertaking and think it will fuel the vegan movement, many other people are sounding off that, while eating no animal products is fantastic, the power couple can’t call themselves vegan if they’re wearing animal products, such as leather and fur. Beyonce must not be reading the comments because while visiting popular vegan restaurant, Native Foods in Los Angeles, she was sporting animal fur.
While we could all sit back and play Fashion Police (“Fur? Fur real? In Los Angeles? At a vegan restaurant??“), let’s give Bey the benefit of the doubt. First, she and Jay just started their plant-based diet this week. Not everyone can jump from zero to vegan overnight. Second, this is their trial run. They’re trying out a meatless diet for 22 days, and all us vegans know that there is a lot to learn, not just about food, but about all animal products and industries. And thirdly, they’re doing a plant-based challenge. Jay-Z even said on his blog that he “prefers” to call it plant-based rather than vegan. A plant-based diet is all about the food, not so much about the animals.
Whatever they want to call themselves, it would still be really cool if Beyonce and Jay-Z ditch the fur, leather, etc. Just as there’s plenty to eat without choosing meat, there’s plenty to wear without choosing someone else’s skin.
To learn more about the atrocities behind animal-based clothing, refer to PETA.org. And feel free to pass that link on to Beyonce, too.
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