Reading Time: 2 minutes Lewis Hamilton is vegan for the animals now (Photo: Lewis Hamilton)
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Vegan Formula 1 Champion Lewis Hamilton has shared a strong animal rights message with his 8.8 million Instagram followers.

The athlete revealed he’d adopted a plant-based diet in September 2017 on Snapchat after watching documentary What the Health.

Since then, he’s become increasingly outspoken about the ethical, environmental, and health benefits of dropping animal products.

Vegan posts

Hamilton made two Instagram posts yesterday focusing on animals, and how they are often made to suffer by humans. “Animals possess values of which very few humans do,” he wrote on one. “We turn a blind eye to the pain and torture we put animals through.

“Every bit of meat, chicken, or fish you eat, every bit of leather or fur you wear, has come from an animal that has been tortured, pulled away from their families and brutally killed.

“We all have choices to make and if you are ok with it, then that’s you, but I choose to love, to be conscious of what I’m supporting and I refuse to support the companies that buy from those companies killing and torturing animals.”

‘The price of bacon’

The star then shared another post, an image of a mother pig discarded in a bin with her piglets. The picture had writing on it saying: “A mother and her babies tossed away like trash. Their rights were never considered, their lives were never theirs to live. This is the price of bacon.”

Hamilton added his own caption saying: “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.

“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.”

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.