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A vegan chef, bodybuilder, and activist has spoken out about how animal rights is not just a white movement.

Nikki Ford, who campaigns for vegan charity PETA, made the comments in a video for the organization.

“When you hear the words ‘animal rights’ or ‘vegan’, many people think it’s a white thing and that couldn’t be further from the truth,” she said.

‘Amazing black vegan activists’

Ford says when she started taking part in demos, she did feel a little ‘lonely’ as she would often be the only black woman. But as she researched, she discovered ‘amazing black activists who were writing really insightful blogs about animal rights and being vegan’.

“I realized there are different forms of activism,” Ford said. “Just because everyone isn’t able to show up and protest in person doesn’t mean they aren’t committed.

“To think only white people care about health, animals, and the planet is absolutely false. There are so many black vegans who have contributed to the cause, that when we call it a white thing, we are leaving out our own people who are making a difference.”

Watch the full video here

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.