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by Joan Reddy
Categories: Animals, Causes, Eats
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Last year, American actress, singer and songwriter Ariana Grande captured the media’s attention when she announced her decision to become a vegan. Grande said her decision to follow a plant-based lifestyle was influenced by the documentary “Forks Over Knives.”

Grande said that she has always tried to take care of her body by making healthy choices. “I’ve eaten organically since I was little and always kept meat minimal,” she said in an interview with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

In an exclusive recent interview with V Magazine, Grande elaborated on her reasons for choosing to follow a vegan lifestyle: “In America, almost everybody thinks you need to have meat for protein. Protein, protein, protein! And what’s in dairy? Calcium, calcium, calcium,” she said. “It’s those kinds of proteins that latch onto the insides of your blood- stream and make it easier for you to have a heart attack.”

The twenty-year-old singer has obviously been doing her research. Healthy sources of protein and calcium that benefit the body can be found in a plant based diet, whereas dairy products are unnatural for the human digestive system and over time can cause a list of health issues. Humans are the only mammals in the world that eat or drink dairy after the weaning stages. It is unnatural – and only consumed because humans have invented ways to process it that makes it palatable to the taste buds.

Grande certainly does not mince words in her advocacy for a vegan diet: “Look, cows produce milk with nutrients for cows. Maybe that’s why Americans end up looking like cows!” She bluntly asks “[u]ltimately, no one wants cow tit pus in their food, do they?”

Although, Grande made a health conscious decision changing to a plant-based diet, she is also a champion for animals. After watching “Blackfish“, she joined several other celebrities in spreading the word about captive marine animals at SeaWorld. She tweeted: “I highly recommend all of my fans watch #Blackfish and never go to @SeaWorld again. Used to love that place. Beyond heartbroken.”

Grande famously gave up all meat and dairy products last November, but her support for animal rights doesn’t stop there. She deserves credit for exposing the truth about what is in the carton of milk that ironically, often displays a “happy cow” face on the package. In order for humans to acquire her milk, the dairy cow has to be permanently separated from her calf when her infant is only a few days old. PETA praised Grande when she first became a vegan and said to her, “thanks on behalf of the animals.”

Grande was recently seen wearing a PETA T-shirt with the slogan ‘Never Be Silent‘ written in white on the black fabric – urging those who look upon it to ‘find your voice for animals’. There is very little chance that Ariana will ever be silent. At such a young age, she is a refreshing inspiration for future generations.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons: courtesy of Melissa Rose

About Joan Reddy

Joan Reddy is a professional photographer, writer, Animal Rights activist, and environmentalist. Joan holds a Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Environmental Studies from York University, in Toronto, where her thesis focused on Animal Rights. Through her writing, Joan wants to help to educate the public about the way animals are abused and exploited, in cultures around the world. Also, Joan is willing to assist animal advocacy, or environmental organizations, that are in need of her writing services. Her company's website can be found at www.animaljusticecommunication.com, and her professional profile on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/pub/joan-reddy/22/999/449.

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  • Carol

    I think you meant “mince” words.