19 February 2010

Vegetarian Hannah Teter earns silver medal in Olympic halfpipe competition

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Congratulations go out to vegetarian athlete Hannah Teter for her silver medal performance in the Olympic halfpipe competition yesterday in Vancouver.

Teter tells The Huffington Post that she became a vegetarian a year ago after viewing the award-winning documentary “Earthlings.”

“I had no idea how intense and how horrible factory farms are. I have such a love for animals that I can't justify having their heads cut off for me," said the Olympian. "And the slavery of the dairy industry motivates me to go more vegan. I can't justify animal slavery for my enjoyment. I love the Gandhi quote: 'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.' Animals can't speak for themselves, but scientifically we know that they don't want to die.”

The 2006 gold medalist also explained since switching to a plant-based diet she feels “stronger mentally, physically and emotionally.”

Additionally the 23-year-old snowboarding humanitarian has her own charity called Hannah’s Gold that helps “create a world that works for everyone, for all creatures, never excluding anyone for any reason.”

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