London – Cricketer Jason Gillespie, who was just signed by Kent's coaching team after overseeing Yorkshire's back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015, is now also coaching fans on the benefits of plant-based eating.
In a new video for PETA, Gillespie reveals that he went vegan after watching the documentary Earthlings and shares his thoughts on the rise of the "meat-free athlete". "Athletes are increasingly coming to the correct conclusion that you can get all the nutrients you need from a whole-food plant-based diet, and they're recovering better, they're feeling good, they're feeling fit and strong", he says.
And that's far from the only reason why he steers clear of meat, eggs, and dairy foods. "There's nothing macho about treating animals terribly, and there's nothing macho about putting your health at risk. There's nothing macho about polluting the Earth", he says. "We're all here on this one marble, and we just got to work together."
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to eat" – notes that vegans are less prone to suffering from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity than meat-eaters are. Each person who goes vegan also dramatically reduces his or her carbon footprint and spares numerous animals daily suffering and a terrifying death. PETA's free vegan starter kit is available here.
Gillespie joins a growing list of athletes – including boxing champion David Haye, Mr Universe Barny Du Plessis, Germany's Strongest Man Patrik Baboumian, American Ninja Warrior veteran Tim Shieff, football great Phil Neville, and many others – who have teamed up with PETA to promote healthy and humane meat-free meals.