Actor Sunny Leone has joined forces with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to feed 10,000 migrant workers in Delhi through Uday Foundation. Due to the pandemic, many migrant workers have lost their source of income which has led to food shortages amongst their community. To help them deal with this challenge, the duo will be providing these workers with protein-packed vegan meals.
“I’m delighted to join hands with PETA India again – this time, to get protein-packed vegan meals to thousands in need,” says Leone. “We are facing a crisis, but together, with compassion and solidarity, we will come out ahead.” The meals consist of daal and rice or khichdi, and often fruit.
Why Vegan Food?
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics which constitutes the largest organisation of food and nutritional professionals, “Vegetarians and vegans are at reduced risk of certain health conditions, including ischemic heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, certain types of cancer, and obesity.” The vegan diet is proven to have several health benefits and prevents heart diseases, diabetes and other ailments that increase the risk of death from COVID-19.
It is believed that numerous lethal diseases like Ebola, Swine Flu, HIV, SARS and now COVID-19 have spread to humans from animals at liveanimal markets, on factory farms or during slaughter. By adopting a vegan diet, the risk of catching zoonotic diseases drops to zero.
In 2016, Sunny Leone was honoured by the ‘PETA India Person of the Year’ title. She actively participates in the organisation’s campaigns in support of vegan fashion, ethical diets , and adoption and sterilisation.