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  • 05
  • Sep

Q&A With Plant-Fuelled Paralympian Dave Smith

Dave Smith, MBE, is an athlete who has triumphed over adversity time and time again. His many impressive achievements include representing Team GB in the able-bodied karate and bobsleigh events and overcoming a spinal tumour to win a gold medal for rowing at the London 2012 Paralympic Games – as well as saving hundreds of animals by following a vegan diet!

Dave celebrates gold medal at London 2012

We caught up with him to talk about how ditching meat, dairy products and eggs has contributed to his success.

What inspired you to go vegan?

It was originally for … Read more.


  • 02
  • Jun

Plant-Powered Athlete Dean Howell Wants You to Go Vegan

Going vegan has given footballer Dean Howell a phenomenal body and the stamina that he needs as a professional athlete. With his new ad for PETA, shot by celebrity photographer Trevor Leighton, Dean is encouraging other professional athletes and anyone else who wants to get fit and save animals to try vegan.

Footballer poses topless for PETA ad

“After adopting a vegetarian diet at the age of 20 and then a vegan diet at 24, I maintained the same weight but slimmed down and saw my stamina go through the roof”, he told the Burton Mail.… Read more.


  • 17
  • Feb

Alexey Voyevoda: Russia’s Vegan Olympian

Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 - Vegan Athletes

Russian athlete Alexey Voyevoda can boast that he’s a champion on three fronts. As a professional arm wrestler, he’s taken gold at the World Championships, and he’s an Olympic bobsledding medallist who has just won gold for Russia at the Sochi Winter Olympics this year. In addition, as a vegan, he’s a champion for animals!

We caught up with him ahead of his performance and asked him a few questions.

When and why did you decide to go vegan?

Three and a half years ago. At first, I approached it from a … Read more.


  • 22
  • Feb

101 and Still Going Strong – Is Fauja Singh the World’s Most Impressive Vegetarian?

You’re only as old as you feel, as the saying goes, and record-holding marathon runner Fauja Singh certainly proves that your age needn’t hold you back – the lifelong vegetarian will run the Hong Kong marathon on Sunday, despite having celebrated his 101st birthday last April!

So what’s the secret to Fauja’s awe-inspiring stamina and longevity? A wholesome plant-based diet, which is good for the planet and his own health. “In many parts of the world, people are dying because of starvation, whilst others are dying because of overeating”, he explains. “My … Read more.


  • 06
  • Dec

Strongman Patrik Baboumian: ‘My Strength Needs No Victims’

Patrik Baboumian, holder of the Strongest Man of Germany title, is a vegan. In this new video for PETA Germany, he looks to define “strength” and asks if we really have to kill in order to live.

Like many professional athletes, Patrik recognises that a healthy plant-based diet gives him the protein and nutrients that he needs to build muscle and strengthen his immune system, without clogging his arteries with saturated fat. As the video demonstrates, Patrik also knows that only cowards hurt animals and that one of the most … Read more.


  • 19
  • Nov

Vegan Athletes Cross the Finish Line

Meet PETA supporter and endurance runner Brynjar. After learning about the abuse of animals on factory farms, Brynjar dropped meat, eggs and dairy products from his diet. And how did the switch to a vegan diet affect his athletic abilities? Well, the proof, as they say, is in the (soya) pudding!

No longer bogged down with all the saturated fat and cholesterol found in meat, Brynjar has never been faster than on a vegan diet. For the first time, he was able to complete a half-marathon in less than 95 minutes – … Read more.