Lewis Hamilton has discussed how he went vegan to stop supporting the 'barbaric' treatment of animals with millions of his fans
The Formula One champion, who is generally considered to be one of the best British drivers of all time, shared an Instagram post showing animals on their way to slaughter.
He captioned it with an impassioned message, in which he spoke about the value of animals' lives - and how he sees the slaughter of millions of animals as comparable to the slaughter of millions of humans.
He wrote: "This is the world we currently live in where humans believe that an animal's life is worth less than one of our own. The food you buy and eat today, at home or in restaurants is coming from places like this.
"This is why I went vegan, to not support this barbaric behavior and slaughtering of millions of animals. I don’t support this industry. To me, this is no different to the slaughtering of millions of people over the years during the war, it is unacceptable and we have to work together to change this.
"Please don’t turn away, if you change the person next to you can change and so on and we can actually end this."
A few respondents disagreed with Hamilton's stance, with one saying: "You don't have to go vegan you can buy locally source meat from a local farmer."
Another added: "Mmm this just reminded me that the pork chop I had for lunch today was so good."
One simply wrote: "But meat is so delicious."
But the majority of respondents were positive, with some thanking Hamilton for spreading awareness about animal agriculture. One wrote: "Thank you for using your huge platform for powerful moments towards those that need it the most.
Another added: "So glad you are posting this for the world to see and wake up to those who are still condoning this by eating this."
And some suggested that the post would make them change their ways, with one Instagram user writing: "Seeing that I’m now going vegan. Thank you Lewis."
This is not the first time Hamilton has shared images showing animal suffering with his followers. A December 2018 post discussed the 'cost of bacon', sharing an image of a mother pig discarded in a bin with her piglets.
"We all have a voice, I have this platform so to not use it correctly would be wrong of me. Nobody is perfect, I certainly am not, but this is actually happening every day to so many animals worldwide," Hamilton wrote.
"This is why I decided to go to a vegan plant-based diet, [it 's] been over a year now. Yes it's hard, nothing's ever easy but I've felt the best I've ever felt for the past year."