It’s no secret that fewer Aussies are eating lamb on Australia Day. Here are 16 Australian celebrities who are likely to choose plant-based meals on 26 January:
The Veronicas are never afraid to speak their minds when it comes to animal abuse and have campaigned tirelessly for animal rights.
Lisa and Jessica Origliasso are both long-time vegans and credit their compassionate lifestyle with helping them stay healthy and energised.
“I’ve never felt better, since my decision to lead a plant-based diet!” Jessica says. “It is for the good of animals, my health, and the future of our planet.”
There are plenty of reasons to love Liam Hemsworth, but his decision to go vegan certainly tops the list.
As well as choosing not to eat animal flesh, he’s also a huge advocate for dog adoption and regularly speaks out against animal abuse.
Passionate animal advocate Ruby Rose joined forces with PETA and Maxim in 2012 to speak out about the vile fur industry.
A pescatarian since childhood, the Orange Is the New Black star has always cared about animal welfare.
PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Celebrity of 2016, TV and radio host David Campbell regularly advocates for animals and promotes vegan eating on Twitter.
“I feel 100% better being a Vegan. I am ethically doing the right thing for animals, the planet and our children”, he wrote on Instagram.
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) December 21, 2016
Portia de Rossi
After Portia de Rossi witnessed a beautiful interaction between cows and a horse on her California property in 2007, she decided she could no longer eat animals.
Speaking of her transition to plant-based eating, she told Oprah.com the following:
“Over the next year, I stopped eating all animals and animal products. I always thought going vegan would be difficult, but I genuinely don’t crave meat or cheese. And I feel happier, like I’m contributing to making the world a less violent place.”
“My one plate of food that doesn’t have any animal products on it is my way of making a difference”, he says.
Eating a mostly plant-based diet, she’s one animal-loving celebrity who definitely won’t be consuming lamb on Australia Day.
A vegetarian since childhood, comedian Chris Lilley says “puck you” to Australia Day lamb advertisements and chooses to load up on veggies instead.
Vegan Olympic sprinter Morgan Mitchell is passionate about her cruelty-free lifestyle.
Of her decision to be vegan as a professional athlete, she famously said, “I guess it just came down to the fact that I didn’t want to put my career before anyone’s life”.
Morgan follows in the footsteps of Australian Olympic legend Murray Rose, who was vegan from childhood as well as throughout his career and won four gold medals for Australia in the 1950s.
Everyone’s favourite vegetarian comedian, Dave Hughes has never been shy about talking about his meat-free way of life.
Judging from this hilarious video, we think it’s safe to say that lamb will be the last thing likely to appear on his Australia Day menu. It’s veggies all the way for Hughesy!
Speaking about her experience of gaining more empathy since going vegan, Bridget said the following:
“I am not sure if this is just me – but since I’ve stopped consuming animals I’ve become a lot more kind and caring towards other living creatures. It physically pains me to see suffering and I go out of my way to avoid any chance of hurting another creature – human, animal or insect.”
Australian fast bowler and test cricket player Peter Siddle has been vegan for a number of years and regularly advocates for animals.
Speaking of the health benefits he’s experienced on a plant-based diet, he told PETA, “I haven’t been sick once. … I’ve been able to get up earlier in the morning, get through the day. I just feel a lot more energised”.
And he’s not the only cricket star to embrace cruelty-free eating!
Maxim cover girl and swimsuit model Renee Somerfield teamed up with PETA in 2015 to raise awareness of the effects on climate change of raising and killing animals for food.
Recently launching the nutrition and training program Vegan Body, she’s on a mission to help animals and humans with her wholesome approach to cruelty-free living.
Martial artist and bodybuilder Billy Simmonds won the 2009 INBA Mr Universe title and is living proof that it’s easy to build muscle on a plant-based diet.
Co-founder of Australian-made vegan protein powder Prana On, he says, “True strength is standing up for what you believe in. And I believe all animals deserve kindness”.
Model and actor Isabelle Cornish teamed up with PETA in 2015 to raise awareness of the suffering endured by fish used for food.
A vegetarian since age 13, she has always loved animals – and she regularly shares plant-based recipes and other health tips online.
Other Aussie celebs who won’t be eating lamb on Australia Day include comedian Tom Ballard, I Killed the Prom Queen guitarist Jona Weinhofen, former Triple J host Lindsay “The Doctor” McDougall, singer Missy Higgins, Ecca Vandal and The Getaway Plan drummer Dan Maio, and countless others.