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Rooney Mara has revealed that she went vegan after an undercover animal abuse video sent her ‘down the YouTube rabbit hole’.

The actor made the comments in a recent interview published by lifestyle publication Coveteur.

Rooney Mara goes vegan

In it, she revealed that she had been vegetarian on and off since she was nine-years-old, adding it was ‘on and off only because my parents told me I was a picky eater and wouldn’t always let me’.

She added: “Then, about seven years ago, someone sent me this horrible undercover video of a pig, which led me to another horrible video and another horrible video. I went down the YouTube rabbit hole.”


Mara has been an active advocate since, and often speaks out on vegan-related issues. At the end of last year, she partnered global farmed animal advocacy organization, Animal Equality to release a video of her investigation into two factory farms.

The investigation, titled With My Own Eyes, calls on viewers to ‘examine the harsh and painful reality for billions of animals and the many reasons the global community must break its dependence on animal products’.

‘Nothing prepares you

“Nothing prepares you for looking into the eyes of a mother pig whose life is to be impregnated and left in a cage until she’s slaughtered,” Rooney Mara said in a statement sent to Plant Based News.

“I kept thinking about my sister who just had a baby, and how beautiful that instant desire to nurture and protect your child is.

“I can’t imagine how awful it must be to be literally trapped and crushing your own babies and not be able to do anything about it.”

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Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for 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. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.