Peter Dinklage calls for ban on cosmetic animal testing in United States
by Joan Reddy
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“Game of Thrones” star and longtime vegetarian Peter Dinklage took questions during an AMA (ask me anything) the other day and discussed what kind of vegetarian food he enjoys and why he gave up meat in his teens.

Although Dinklage has been a vegetarian for all of his adult life, he claims that he doesn’t frequent vegetarian restaurants and has given up on mock meats. It seems that the only thing on the menu that may entice his taste buds is the chopped salad.

He wrote, “It’s funny, I’m one of those vegetarians that doesn’t go to vegetarian restaurants. I guess you could say I’m a bad vegetarian. Some of those soy products, in abundance, cannot be healthy for you. In moderation, fine. But if you read what you believe about soy then you have to question it.” He added, “So let’s see….I like chopped salad? If you go to a really good restaurant, the chopped salad is really good. But yeah, for the most part I’m a pretty bad veg. I used to eat the fake meats and all that but I’ve stopped doing that.”

The actor continued, “I decided to become a vegetarian when I was in my teens. At the time I was doing it because of my love for animals, but also for a girl. Of course. I have continued to stay with it out of my great respect for animals, though. Any form of animal abuse is pretty upsetting to me. As a New Yorker it’s hard to see horse drawn carriages every day, and I hope we can make more progress towards solving that issue.”

In “Game of Thrones,” Dinklage’s character is constantly steeped in battle over control of a mythical kingdom. His next quest could be to seek out a vegetarian restaurant that has more than salad to offer its patrons. (Veg food can be so much more!) Thankfully, no quest is needed to stop the horse-drawn carriages in New York City. It looks like activists and  Mayor de Blasio have that covered.

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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. Joan is also founder and president of the Federal registered non-profit organization "International Communication for Animal Justice." Her organization's website can be found at, and her professional profile on LinkedIn at

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  • tech_lvr

    Love his character and now like it even more.
    It is funny that so many westerners believe that vegetarian food is soy, fake meats and salads.
    As a child in vegetarian house, we never ate salads. We’d choose from Hundreds, possibly thousands of tasty and healthy vegetarian dishes and cook one or 2 each day. All that Peter and other vegetarians have to do is to visit a decent Indian restaurant in NYC.

  • BigAl1825

    “As a New Yorker it’s hard to see horse drawn carriages every day.”

    Really? Horses have been bred for this purpose. We live in a nation that’s filled with terrible, misbehaving dogs, partly because they aren’t trained properly but mostly because they aren’t given the stimulus that they were bred to respond to. I’m sure there’s some of the same to be said about horses, and I’ve yet to see one pulling a carriage that looked unhappy. Horses are emotive enough that it’s easy to tell when they are not in good spirits.

    • Goldenrae

      You sound like most people who have their heads firmly planted in the ground. Do you even hear yourself? You haven’t seen one who looks unhappy. Animals are not ours to use. Period. Doesn’t matter how long we’ve been doing it.

      • BigAl1825

        For better or for worse certain animals have been bred for domestic use. That’s why they are called domesticated. Sled dogs love to pull sleds, hunting dogs love to hunt, terriers love to find rats – or at the very least the all like to play in ways that mimic these behaviors.

        In fact, it DOES matter how long we have been doing it, because the longer we’ve been selectively breeding them for the purpose, the more it’s a part of their biology, and the more they will want to do it.

        What alternative are you advocating, killing them all? Never allowing an animal that’s been bred for centuries if not millenniums for a purpose from ever performing that function? Letting them loose to go feral and destroy an ecosystem they were never part of?

        It sounds to me like you are woefully ignorant of biology and needs of the animals you seek to defend. I doubt you know as much about what an animal needs than the owners who care for them. Horses are large, needy animals. Anyone who owns one, no matter for what purpose, is engaging in a huge labor of love. Pulling a carriage is not abuse for a draft animal any more than planting a seed is abuse for a farmer.