Actress Alicia Silverstone has pledged to end factory farming, a mission she’s particularly passionate about on Mother’s Day. The vegan activist recently teamed up with the nonprofit Farm Sanctuary to raise awareness of the cruelty inherent in factory farms, where mothers and families are torn apart and exploited.

“Mother’s Day can be bittersweet when you think of other species that just want to love their babies and are deprived of the ability to exercise their maternal instincts due to human greed and exploitation in factory farming. “Silverstone wrote in a letter posted to the animal shelter’s website.

The actress concluded her letter by asking readers to join her in “adopting” Hayes, a calf who was born into the dairy industry and lost its mother at a young age; goat Olive and her daughter Maggie, born shortly after Olive’s arrival at Farm Sanctuary; and the sheep Amari and her daughters Laura and Bailey, born just ten days after Amari was rescued from the slaughterhouse.

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Silverstone encourages fans to “adopt” rescued animals with a donation of $35 or more to help Farm Sanctuary continue “the vital work it does in animal rescue.”

Alicia Silverstone’s Vegan Activism

Silverstone’s partnership with Farm Sanctuary is the latest advocacy work for the longtime vegan activist – a way of life she teaches her son Bear Blu Jarecki, who has been a vegan since birth. In 2020, Silverstone and her then eight-year-old son teamed up with People for the Ethical Treat of Animals (PETA) to recreate Paul and Linda McCartney’s iconic 30-year-old PETA ad. The ad bears a striking resemblance to the original, but instead of sending the “Go Veggie” message displayed on Linda McCartney’s T-shirt, Silverstone features an updated “Go Vegan” slogan.

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“Raising Bear with an awareness of animal sensibility and compassion – not just for the animals we share our home with, but for the entire animal kingdom – has been my foundation for being a Kind Mama,” wrote l actress in her letter for Mother’s Day. the week.

Over the years, Silverstone has used its fame in many ways to advocate for animals. Last year, Silverstone activism challenged Starbucks to drop its vegan milk supplement. In a letter published on his blog The nice life, the actress explained that she, along with other celebrity activists such as Alan Cumming, had called on the coffee giant to scrap its vegan milk supplement. The surcharge, Silverstone noted, makes it difficult, if not inaccessible, for customers to make environmentally and animal-friendly choices. “These fees may seem small, but they penalize customers who make humane and environmentally responsible choices,” she writes. “It also penalizes people for issues they can’t control, like lactose intolerance, which affects 65% of the population, mostly people of color.”

Silverstone’s 2021 letter renewed its demand – which it made public in 2019 – shortly after the coffee chain released its sustainability plan after an audit found dairy products were responsible for the majority of Starbucks’ global carbon footprint. The company has since dropped the surcharge in the UK, but has yet to do the same in the US.

Vegan Celebrities Stand Up for Animals

With its call to action in honor of pet mothers around the world, Silverstone joins other celebrities in advocating for animals this Mother’s Day.

In 2020, a day after winning the Best Actor Oscar for his role in Joker, Vegan actor and activist Joaquin Phoenix worked with Farm Sanctuary president and co-founder Gene Baur to help facilitate the rescue of mother cow Liberty and her baby calf Indigo from a California slaughterhouse. The release was brokered alongside a group of activists that included actor Rooney Mara’s fiancee and both of their mothers. Three months later, just before Mother’s Day, Phoenix matched the donations as part of a Mother’s Day gift to honor Liberty and Indigo.

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A year ago, actress Edie Falco, best known for her work on the HBO show The Sopranos-defended cows on Mother’s Day by demanding that Nestlé turn to vegetable ice cream. Alongside Olympic footballer and fellow vegan Kara Lang Romero, the actress reached out to Nestlé in a Facebook post, writing, “Nestlé, show kindness to mother cows and their babies. Ditch the dehorning and come up with vegan options.

Their post came just a month after animal rights organization Compassion Over Killing published shocking images of mother cows being trampled, stabbed and beaten and calves burned with hot irons to prevent the growth of horns in Martin. Farms, Pennsylvania, a Nestlé supplier. The couple urged fans to follow their example and demand that Nestlé adopt more respectful practices and make vegan ice cream.

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