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Film director Kevin Smith presented an award at Mercy For Animals‘ gala earlier this month in downtown Los Angeles.

The event, which raised $2.1 million for the charity, was attended by many notable animal advocates including Joaquin Phoenix and Daniella Monet among others.

Hidden hero award

Kevin Smith – along with his actor daughter Harley Quinn Smith – presented the Hidden Hero Award to Lindsay Oliver, a former undercover investigator and Mercy For Animals’ current vice president of investigations.

“One of the hardest parts about this job is not being able to rescue animals all day long,” Oliver said while accepting the award.

Plant-based to vegan

Smith initially went plant-based for health reasons in 2018, after suffering a major heart attack. It was his daughter – an ethical vegan – who inspired him to take a more compassionate outlook.

This new outlook was apparent in a video the pair appeared in for the vegan Farm Sanctuary, where Smith said: “I’ve been a vegan for over six months and there’s nothing I miss. 

“You’re always told it’s OK to eat animals, and that we’re supposed to eat animals. And that’s just something you’re fed. And for a long time, that’s what my generation believed…You have my solemn word ladies. I will never eat another turkey. And I will go out of my way to see that others might not as well.”

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.