VIDEO: Cricket Legend Jason Gillespie Says There’s Nothing Macho About Eating Meat

Posted on by PETA Australia

Jason Gillespie is back coaching the Adelaide Strikers, but the former bowler is coaching more than just the team.

He’s teamed up with PETA to help athletes and fans learn about the benefits of eating vegan.

In a new video, he 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.”

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.

Gillespie joins a growing list of athletes – including 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.

A growing number of top Aussie cricketers are also embracing a vegan lifestyle and reaping the benefits.
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