“People” — Longtime vegan Emily Deschanel had a “life-changing” experience when she visited a Farm Sanctuary animal shelter for the first time.
“I had already known that farm animals have feelings and intellect, but then to really see them up close and spend time with these animals was pretty incredible,” the actress, 38, tells PEOPLE. “I didn’t realize how individual chickens could be, and the people who work there know each sheep by name from far away. They’re individual creatures who have their own little souls and personalities and quirks.”
Deschanel has been involved with the organization – which operates three shelters in addition to working to pass legislation for the humane treatment of farm animals – for the past eight years.
“Ten billion animals a year are killed for food in the United States alone,” she notes. “It’s insane. I’ve done different things for different animals, from primates to dogs and cats, but I really like to focus on [farm animals] because the numbers are so high and people aren’t as aware.”
It’s a passion she hopes to pass along to her 3-year-old son Henry, whom she has brought to visit Farm Sanctuary’s rescue shelters.
“I want him to be comfortable with these animals and aware of them and why we choose not to eat them,” says the Bones star. “To have compassion for these animals is a great place to start, and that’s what I love for my son to gain from spending time with these animals.”
Bones star Emily Deschanel is encouraging moms to boycott cows’ milk and embrace a vegan diet to show compassion for cattle.
The 36 year-old actress has teamed up with animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for a new video campaign urging women to raise their children on vegan diets and stop supporting the “cruel” dairy industry.
In the video, Deschanel, who has a 20-month-old son Henry, says, “As a mother, I experience the joy of raising my son every day. But not all moms are so lucky. Mother cows on dairy farms have their young traumatically torn away from them shortly after birth so that the milk meant for their calves can be sold to people instead.
“The best way to help cows abused by the dairy industry and keep your family healthy is to stock your fridge with delicious vegan foods. Please join me in standing up for all mothers by refusing to support the cruel dairy industry.”
Deschanel is the latest celebrity to promote a vegan diet alongside PETA, following in the footsteps of Joaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck, Alicia Silverstone and Mayim Bialik.
Last night, Emily attended the Farm Sanctuary Benefit in Los Angeles. Last year, Emily was the official spokesperson for the Walk for Farm Animals, an annual event to raise funds and awareness about farm animal abuse. Head over to the gallery for the latest additions.
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Emily Deschanel doesn’t just play an animal lover on Bones — in real life she’s devoted herself to a vegan lifestyle (and defends herself against criticism), speaks out against animal cruelty, and raises awareness about the realities of factory farming. On June 2nd, Mercy for Animals, an organization dedicated to preventing farmed animal cruelty through education and awareness, will honor Emily for her continued hard work as a high-profile animal advocate.
The Justice for All: A Night for Creatures Big & Small event will honor Emily for “her farmed animal advocacy leadership and accomplishments.” No doubt, making her personal animal rights mission an integral part of her character in Dr. Temperance Brennan is a large part of how she’s reached so many people with her message.
Last year, Emily was the official spokesperson for the Walk for Farm Animals, an annual event to raise funds and awareness about farm animal abuse. Given her continued advocacy efforts, it’s so deserved that Emily will be recognized for her work on animal rights. (Source)
Tastemaker Picks : Emily Deschanel
Actress, hit TV show Bones and vegan activist
“I have chosen several brands that I enjoy on a daily basis. A Scent of a Scandal makes candles with a sense of humor and ea apparel designs the softest pieces made from bamboo, and Lavuk creates cutting edge eco fashion. I hope everyone enjoys these brands as much as I do!”
Favorite Charity: Farm Sanctuary
“Farm Sanctuary tackles three causes that are close to my heart, animal suffering, environmental pollution, and human health. Not only is industrialized farming one of the largest contributors to global warming, but it causes unnecessary suffering and death to 10 billion animals and contributes to human disease. I am proud to make Farm Sanctuary my charity of choice.”
Ryan Gosling, Emily Deschanel, Zooey Deschanel, Steve-O, Alicia Silverstone, Kristin Bauer and Bryan Adams are among a group of ten big name celebrities who have signed an open letter asking McDonald’s to switch to buying free range eggs.
In November one of McDonald’s suppliers, Sparboe Farms, was caught on film by Mercy for Animals torturing their hens. According to MFA’s website, footage of Sparboe Farms “revealed hens crammed into filthy battery cages and dead hens left to rot alongside birds still laying eggs for human consumption. The investigator also documented workers burning off the beaks of chicks without painkillers, sadistically and maliciously torturing animals, and throwing live birds into plastic bags and leaving them to suffocate.”
While McDonald’s dropped that supplier and publicly came out against them, MFA and this group of celebs don’t think it’s enough.
Their open letter says, “While MCDonald’s has already established a 100 per cent cage-free purchasing policy in Europe, your US restaurants continue to support egg factory farms that confine hens for most of their lives in cages so small they can’t even spread their wings, nearly anything that comes naturally to them. Common sense tells us that animals with legs and wings should be given the basic freedom to move.
“Sadly, there is not a single federal law to protect hens from cruelty from the time they hatch to the time they are killed. While MCDonald’s brags about the ‘billions and billions served’, millions of hens exploited for your restaurants are being grossly underserved. In fact, these animals are being abused in ways that would land your egg suppliers in jail, if dogs or cats were the victims.”
Emily just signed up to be a spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary’s “Walk For Farm Animals,” which stresses compassion towards farm animals involved in animal cruelty.
The organization brings to attention animals such as pigs, cows, chickens have feelings and personalities just like our pet dogs and cats, yet they are not treated with the same respect. When being used for meat, the animals are treated as if they are inanimate objects whose well-being isn’t valued.
To get more information or sign up for a walk near you, visit www.walkforfarmanimals.org