Looks like animals have yet another friend on their side! Laverne Cox, who plays fan favorite Sophia Burset on the hit Netflix show Orange is the New Black is now vegan! The transgender advocate recently posted a video featuring fellow Orange is the New Black co-star, Ruby Rose, on Twitter and Instagram where they dished on how great being vegan is.

Laverne says she has been vegan for 12 weeks now and she thinks it’s the “best thing ever!” 

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Laverne is in good company. Earlier this year, Danielle Brooks who plays Taystee announced she is vegan as well. Looks like the ladies of Litchfield will be cooking up some yummy meat-free food on the Orange is the New Black set! Welcome to the plant-based family, Laverne!

While we don’t know the exact reason why Laverne made the switch to eating plant-based, whether it’s for health, environmental or animal welfare concerns, we are thrilled she is loving vegan food. A whole food vegan diet has repeatedly been linked to better heart health, prevention of diabetes and cancer, and more. Leafy greens, all vegetables, 100 percent whole grains, raw nuts and seeds, beans and legumes, and fruit of all kinds turn out to be brilliant weapons against major disease.

Not only that, but there are many other reasons to want to eschew meat and dairy. One major concern is animal welfare, in addition to the use of hormones and antibiotics that inevitably end up in meat and dairy. The environmental toll of industrialized animal agriculture also causes major concern. The destructive animal agriculture industry currently occupies over half of the world’s arable land resources, uses the majority of our freshwater stores, and drives more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector combined. Plus, industrialized animal agriculture also causes rampant air and water pollution, land degradation, deforestation and is pushing countless species to the brink of extinction

Knowing how dire of a situation the planet is in because of our meat habit, it’s great to see celebrities use their platform to speak up for animals, their health, and the environment!

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You can learn more about how you can use your food choices for the benefit of the environment and animals, by joining One Green Planet’s #EatForThePlanet movement.

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