For Immediate Release:
17 May 2017

Cricket Coach Teams Up With PETA UK to Highlight the Benefits of Vegan Living

Adelaide – He’s been named coach of the Australia A team that will tour South Africa, but Jason Gillespie is coaching more than just cricketers. He’s teamed up with PETA UK to help athletes and fans learn about the benefits of eating vegan.

In a new video, Gillespie reveals what made him decide to go vegan and shares his thoughts on the rise of the “meat-free athlete”. “Athletes are increasingly coming to the correct conclusion that you can get all the nutrients you need from a whole-food plant-based diet, and they’re recovering better, they’re feeling good, they’re feeling fit and strong”, he says.

And that’s far from the only reason why he steers clear of meat, eggs, and dairy foods. “There’s nothing macho about treating animals terribly, and there’s nothing macho about putting your health at risk. There’s nothing macho about polluting the Earth”, he says. “We’re all here on this one marble, and we just got to work together.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that vegans are less prone to suffering from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity than meat-eaters are. Each person who goes vegan also dramatically reduces his or her carbon footprint and spares numerous animals daily suffering and a terrifying death. PETA’s free vegan starter kit is available here.

Gillespie joins a growing list of athletes – including Australian bowler Peter Siddle, English boxing champion David Haye, Germany’s Strongest Man Patrik Baboumian, American Ninja Warrior veteran Tim Shieff, and many others – who’ve teamed up with PETA or its affiliates to promote healthy and humane meat-free meals.

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