by Joan Reddy
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Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton is another actor who has joined the ranks of famous celebrity vegans.

Although the fifty-eight-year-old Thornton is extremely health conscious, there are times when he chooses to live “dangerously”. When asked how he indulges he said, “I’m a vegan and eat extremely healthy. For me, something indulgent would be to cut up two bananas into my oatmeal instead of one. I don’t eat junk at all. I wish I could have that stuff, but I’m allergic to wheat and dairy,” said Thornton.

Thornton was recently in Canada, where he was filming his new television series “Fargo.” Thornton said that shooting in blistering cold Calgary, Alberta, is better than most people would expect. Apparently, he has been enjoying all the health food stores, since becoming a vegan. “A lot of people would say, ‘What do you do in Calgary?’” said Thornton. “But it’s a cosmopolitan city, it’s really a great town. I’m a vegan and there were health food stores everywhere – bowling alleys, pool halls, regular people. It reminds me a little of a city in Texas, just like being in Dallas or Houston,” he added.

It also appears that Thornton’s nine-year-old daughter Bella wants to help animals and the environment. According to her father, she is in charge of watering the plants, and wants to be an entomologist when she grows up. Thornton said that his daughter is “all about insects like butterflies and caterpillars.” Last Halloween, she even had her father dress up as a ladybug, while she adorned herself as a monarch butterfly. “That doesn’t really look like me, but I did it. I strapped on the wings and everything,” said her proud Dad.

Kudos to Billy Bob Thornton for becoming a vegan. He is now saving more than one hundred animals a year, helping the environment, and improving his own health. He is also being a good role model for the younger generation.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) even sent him cookbooks full of delicious new recipes to try. Maybe Thornton may discover a new indulgence to add to his bowl of oatmeal.

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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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