Reading Time: 2 minutes 'Protecting animals is one of our life missions' Credit: Instagram
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World champion lethwei fighter Dave Leduc says being vegan is a philosophy ‘not a diet’. 

The athlete made the comment on a recent Instagram post, celebrated a year since he ditched animal products. 

“I feel amazing,” he said. “November 2020 in Wyoming USA, I had my first fight as a vegan athlete and I’m very proud of my performance.

“Let me explain first what is Veganism. It’s not a diet, it’s a philosophy, which aims to ’cause as less cruelty around you as practically possible’.

“This philosophy extends to all aspects of life such as food, clothing, transportation etc.”

The Game Changers

Leduc then explains that he and his wife went vegan for health reasons. The couple watched The Game Changers and realized it was ‘possible to thrive as an elite athlete on a plant-based diet’.

“However, we became even more concerned about the ethical aspects of the meat and dairy industry,” he added. “Now, protecting animals is one of our life missions.

Plant-based VS Vegan

“It’s erroneous to say: ‘I was vegan for a year and then started eating meat again’. No bro, you weren’t vegan, you were plant-based for a year, massive difference.

“It’s like saying ‘I realized that I didn’t like animal cruelty and tried to reduce my contribution, but after a year I didn’t care about exploiting and killing animals anymore’.

“Many people try plant-based diets, but once you reunite with your compassion and choose the vegan way of life, it’s almost impossible to go back.”

‘I will ever eat animals’

The fighter concluded that he ‘feels great’ for reducing cruelty – and pointed out that perfection is not possible, adding: “But the goal is to always improve ourselves.

“I will never eat animals or dairy for the rest of my life and will open a plant-based restaurant in the near future! Another movie I really liked was Forks over Knives.

You can follow Dave Leduc on Instagram here

Liam Gilliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.