Charlebois: If you’re a meat lover, hug a vegan. Here’s why.

By Sylvain Charlebois, Ottawa Citizen, October 31, 2019

Friday, Nov. 1 is World Vegan Day. Canada is home to about 470,000 vegans, according to a recent Dalhousie University survey; the number has not increased significantly in recent years. Anyone who has lived a vegan lifestyle will tell you that it is amazingly hard: Beyond not eating animal proteins, a vegan will not purchase, wear or use leather, fur or any animal products.

Some people believe that the recent rise of plant-based dieting has prompted vegans to vocalize their lifestyle passion more. Some don’t like that; a few even claim to hate vegans. But vegans’ contribution to our public discourse about proteins should not be taken lightly.

By now, most know that Greta Thunberg is a vegan, but many other well-known personalities are too: world number-one male tennis player, Novak Djokovic, world champion Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, NFL star Tom Brady, former boxer Mike Tyson and tennis legend Venus Williams. Many other celebrities are self-described vegans as well.

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