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Lewis Hamilton: ‘The Slaughter Of Millions Of Animals Is No Different To The Slaughter Of People’

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Lewis Hamilton has discussed how he went vegan to stop supporting the ‘barbaric’ treatment of animals with millions of his fans

The Formula One champion, who is generally considered to be one of the best British drivers of all time, shared an Instagram post showing animals on their way to slaughter.

He captioned it with an impassioned message, in which he spoke about the value of animals’ lives – and how he sees the slaughter of millions of animals as comparable to the slaughter of millions of humans.

‘Barbaric behavior’

He wrote: “This is the world we currently live in where humans believe that an animal’s life is worth less than one of our own. The food you buy and eat today, at home or in restaurants is coming from places like this.

“This is why I went vegan, to not support this barbaric behavior and slaughtering of millions of animals. I don’t support this industry. To me, this is no different to the slaughtering of millions of people over the years during the war, it is unacceptable and we have to work together to change this.

“Please don’t turn away, if you change the person next to you can change and so on and we can actually end this.”

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This is the world we currently live in where humans believe that an animals life is worth less than one of our own. The food you buy and eat today, at home or in restaurants is coming from places like this. This is why I went vegan, to not support this barbaric behaviour and slaughtering of millions of animals. I don’t support this industry. To me, this is no different to the slaughtering of millions of people over the years during the war, it is unacceptable and we have to work together to change this. Please don’t turn away, if you change the person next to you can change and so on and we can actually end this. #Repost @karmagawa ??? ?WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES? THIS ANIMAL CRUELTY MUST STOP RIGHT NOW! Please share this URGENT post with your followers and tag people, celebrities, influencers and news media who need to see how badly animals are being treated all over the world! We at @karmagawa will be exposing much more about the unhygienic conditions far too many poor defenseless animals are being kept in factories, farms and markets worldwide and it’s these dirty and disgusting conditions that create deadly viruses like SARS, MERS and now the coronavirus too so WE MUST WORK TOGETHER TO END THIS ANIMAL CRUELTY RIGHT NOW before anymore innocent animals, and now humans, are killed! If anyone wants to chat more about this and any other issue, our US followers can now text us at 323-310-1679. Please join us in praying for the world as we MUST get more people to see this blatant animal cruelty and how crucial it is that we change before anymore innocent lives are lost. You can help us make that change happen faster by sharing this URGENT post with your followers and tagging people, celebrities, influencers and news media that need to see this RIGHT NOW as spreading awareness is key — let’s work together to make this a better planet for ALL animals and humans alike! #endanimalcruelty #endanimalabuse #savetheplanet #karmagawa

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Response

A few respondents disagreed with Hamilton’s stance, with one saying: “You don’t have to go vegan you can buy locally source meat from a local farmer.”

Another added: “Mmm this just reminded me that the pork chop I had for lunch today was so good.”

One simply wrote: “But meat is so delicious.”

Positive

But the majority of respondents were positive, with some thanking Hamilton for spreading awareness about animal agriculture. One wrote: “Thank you for using your huge platform for powerful moments towards those that need it the most.

Another added: “So glad you are posting this for the world to see and wake up to those who are still condoning this by eating this.”

And some suggested that the post would make them change their ways, with one Instagram user writing: “Seeing that I’m now going vegan. Thank you Lewis.”

Animal suffering

This is not the first time Hamilton has shared images showing animal suffering with his followers. A December 2018 post discussed the ‘cost of bacon’, sharing an image of a mother pig discarded in a bin with her piglets.

“We all have a voice, I have this platform so to not use it correctly would be wrong of me. Nobody is perfect, I certainly am not, but this is actually happening every day to so many animals worldwide,” Hamilton wrote.

“This is why I decided to go to a vegan plant-based diet, [it ‘s] been over a year now. Yes it’s hard, nothing’s ever easy but I’ve felt the best I’ve ever felt for the past year.”

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Maria Chiorando

Maria is the former editor for Plant Based News. She has been a newspaper reporter and features writer. Her work has been published by The Guardian and The Huffington Post, among others

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