16 May 2011

Ginnifer Goodwin gives up vegan diet due to 'health reasons'

Big Love star Ginnifer Goodwin became known throughout the animal welfare community when she announced her transition to veganism a little over two years ago.

Although Goodwin was very passionate about unhealthiness of meat consumption, the vegan celebrity recently told Jimmy Kimmel that she was no longer a vegan… because of “health reasons.” Here we go again.

In an interview with W Magazine in 2009, she stated, "I found out what it is that diary cows go through and what horrible lives these animals lead. I actually broke down—there was a day of sobbing upon realizing what I had been supporting. And I thought, well, if I don't need animals to be healthy in my diet, then why would I put take their lives away or support an industry that puts them in situations that might not be the most, uh, happy-making."

The same woman who was "sobbing" over the horrible treatment of animals, now says, "The first thing I ate was an egg that I had found from a humane farm. They raise all of their animals like pets."

"I scrambled it up … It was the most delicious thing I’ve ever eaten." Goodwin said, "I felt like a hypocrite and I cried, then I scrambled up another one."

When Jimmy Kimmel asked if she now eats meat, she said that it has been a "slow process" over time. Goodwin says that she eats burgers at restaurants, but states that she keeps her home "humane" so that she can "feel better" about her choice.

The actress’s family had also became vegan shortly after she did. According to Goodwin, her family is still vegan, "Now when I go home, I’m like, 'Are you serious? Let’s get some cheese in this house.'"

Of course, the audience was wild with laughter throughout the interview, "Ha-ha-ha! Look at another vegan superstar giving up and bringing the cause down with them!"

These animal welfare role models hurt the cause when they use veganism as a ploy to get attention. Using animals in any fashion goes against everything veganism stands for, especially when most of these "vegans" never stopped using animal products in the first place.

Julia is a student who has a passion for veganism, animal welfare, and religious studies.

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