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Paul Wesley calls for going vegan: ‘Livestock farming has wiped out our beautiful forests’

Actor Paul Wesley, of The vampire diary fame, hopes to inspire fans to go vegan in an effort to tackle the climate crisis. Wesley recently endorsed the Plant Treaty (PBT) in an effort to raise awareness of the impact of animal agriculture on the environment.

“I signed the Plant Treaty because ranching has wiped out our beautiful forests and our animals beyond recognition,” Wesley said in a statement. share on Twitter. “We need to switch to vegan diets to protect our rivers, oceans, air and soils. It is time to mobilize and organize in our communities to pressure our elected officials to negotiate a global plant treaty and avoid planetary collapse.

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Based on a growing body of research that the animal agriculture industry is destructive to the environment in many ways, the PBT was created to pressure governments to implement policies that move the global food industry towards a more sustainable, plant-based framework.

What is the phytosanitary treaty?

Inspired by past climate-focused treaties, including the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, the PBT is based on three principles: give up (stop allocating resources to expand animal agriculture); redirect (to actively shift from animal to plant agriculture); and restore (a push for the restoration of ecosystems destroyed by animal agriculture).

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The PBT was co-founded by Anita Krajnc, a longtime animal rights activist and co-founder of Toronto Pig Save and executive director of the global Animal Save movement. In addition to the treaty, the PBT campaign offers various initiatives to help attract more supporters.

Most recently, in August, the PBT held a “Seed the City” event in over 100 cities around the world, including Toronto, Tel Aviv, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Lima, Los Angeles, Mumbai and Naples. There, activists distributed thousands of packets of vegetable and herb seeds in front of town halls to encourage residents to plant and grow their own food.

“Through our global Seed the City campaign, we will distribute thousands of packets of kale, parsley and other seeds for the community to grow in their own gardens or windowsills,” Krajnc said in a statement. . “Plant Based Treaty activists work with cities to advance food security and accessibility to healthy plant-based foods, to promote the importance of mitigating the climate crisis by growing organic vegetables in gardens communities and city orchards.

“We can all be part of the solution and fight climate change with a change in diet by growing our own food,” Krajnc said.

Last month, Haywards Heath in West Essex, England, became the first city in Europe to endorse the PBT and is currently using the principles of the treaty to shape local initiatives.

“We are facing a climate catastrophe and above all a methane emergency. We can all make a difference,” musical artist Moby said in a statement. “Fighting climate change simply with a change in diet. So please join me in endorsing and supporting the Plant Treatise. »

Paul Wesley’s Vegan Activism

While Wesley is best known for his work on vampire diary the actor is also the first vegan to play Captain Kirk in the Star Trek universe and is appearing in a new series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

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Outside of his acting career, Wesley has been a vocal vegan activist for over a decade and often uses social media to send his messages of compassion to the masses. In addition to his recent PBT endorsement, in 2020 Wesley took to Twitter to encourage his 4.1 million followers at the time to learn about the horrors of factory farming and its links to disease. zoonotic.

The 40-year-old actor also took to Twitter to encourage Vice President Kamala Harris to try vegan recipes this past Thanksgiving.

“Activist social media is critical because it opens people’s eyes to many atrocities they weren’t aware of before,” Wesley previously told VegNews. “We expose the true conditions of factory farms and the madness of our industrialized food system. It breaks my heart. We must continue to encourage change and educate people.

Outside of his social media advocacy, Wesley makes sure everything he does is compassionate, including his Brothers Bond Bourbon liquor company, where everything from the distillery process to the props (he makes sure that leather doesn’t make the cut) is vegan. He is also an investor in Wild Earth, a vegan dog food company that works to improve the pet food industry.

“I’m so proud to be vegan,” Wesley said. “It’s the best decision I’ve ever made. For my health and for the world and for the sake of decency and compassion.

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