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Natalie Portman Speaks Out on 'Eating Animals'

Natalie Portman Speaks Out on 'Eating Animals'

Natalie Portman takes to the Huffington Post to write about how author Jonathan Safran Foer (Everything Is Illuminated) and his book Eating Animals changed her already strict vegetarian habits to go even more extreme.

Now, the 28-year-old actress writes, she’s a vegan activist: “[T]his book reminded me that some things are just wrong. Perhaps others disagree with me that animals have personalities, but the highly documented torture of animals is unacceptable, and the human cost Foer describes in his book, of which I was previously unaware, is universally compelling.”

Natalie, who has been voted the World’s Sexiest Vegetarian by PETA, refuses to wear leather or fur and is a huge animal rights advocate.

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108 Responses to “Natalie Portman Speaks Out on 'Eating Animals'”

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  1. 26
    Celia Says:

    Animals definitely have personalities and anyone who thinks differently is just plain ignorant. I’m working on becoming a vegetarian. I love animals and we don’t have the right to torture and kill them. America is already too fat and meat is one of the main reasons.

  2. 27
    @27 Says:

    No Celia overeating is the main problem for America. Oversized/double portions, all you can eat buffetts and not saying “no” to too much food is America’s problem.

    This country was not overweight like it is today before the 70′s when fast food was almost non-existent. You did not have one on every corner like you do now. Mom’s cooked back then and McDonald’s were not your child’s 3 course meal everyday, a home cooked meal was. Everything was proper portions back then. Meat is not what made people fat it is gluttony and mom’s that don’t know how to cook or those who are just too lazy to cook.

  3. 28
    black Says:

    Ermmm…………….well……………….I enjoy eating animals (MC´Donalds anyone?) and I´m sure a fair share of them would enjoy eating me as well.
    Why are those vegetarians always making such a fuss?
    Say whatever you want, but meat is the better way.
    Sheep, chicken, cows…………I´ll have them all somehow!

  4. 29
    lexy Says:

    If Natalie doesn’t want to eat meat – that’s fine. If she supports Polanski that’s fine too. She’s an American, she has the same rights that we do. Just like people can make racial or homophobic remarks – she too can say what she wants and support who she wants. IF YOU DON’T SUPPORT POLANSKI WRITE YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND COMPLAIN TO THEM! At the end of the day it’s THEM who will handle the Polanski case – NOT Natalie Portman.

    I find it refreshing to see a young, talented woman with an actual brain in her head who’s not afraid to speak out on what she believes in and knows about something other than shopping and clothes. That’s what I like about Katherine Hiegel – she’s talented and sassy – like Natalie!

    Again, this is America, Natalie pays taxes here so she’s entitled to her opinion. I think the PETA folks are idiots but clearly Nat supports them but that’s fine!

  5. 30
    Anna Says:

    Since when is she a vegan? Just a couple of weeks ago, she told Jake Gyllenhaal in that interview they made, her favorite icecream cake- non vegan. I’d definitely support her opinion, as I have the same, but she should finally come clean and state if she’s a vegan or a vegetarian, now she sounds biased. And yes, vegan vs. vegetarian is a HUGE difference.

  6. 31
    @31 Says:

    Whatever Natalie does or says it is certainly more than shopping, eating and doing nothing else. I have a world of respect for her, she is a true role model.

  7. 32
    VFDGV Says:



  8. 33
    Ashley Says:

    She is such a smart and talented woman. So strong!

  9. 34
    #28 Says:

    So the woman wants to be a vegan at least she stands behind what she believes in. If others what to eat meat and FYI yes meat has hormons and steroids in it that is found to cause weight gain and unhealthy eating, reason fast food places are under attack. Yes ppl can refuse to eat the endless buffet but all things on there are full of sodium. Meat is the main thing that has endless salt content even organics if your not carefull is also full of salt which is attributed to weigh gain.

    Many well known people are starting to see this and are eating better some will turn vegetarian others might go organic. I’m sure she does cook for her non vegan friends such as Jake who possibly isn’t Vegan and will eat meat and dairy. It’s one thing to jump all over her for what she believes in but, those who are bitching about what she signed are you boycotting Harrison Ford or the other names who are on that list. Bet you won’t.

    We don’t see Natalie spending her day shopping at the local malls 6 out of 7 days a week, We don’t see her endlessly at the markets, parading her family or BFF’s around to get more attention. She has proven she doesn’t need to do that. There are no retainers hired to get her media attention. She is limited in the press she works on charities along with producing, directing and screen writing.

  10. 35
    Gasol16 Says:

    This Polanski thing happened so long ago and the sex was mutual between both parties. It was not a rape. Leave the old man alone already.

    Besides, half of HW signed the petition anyway for Polanski. So.Are you going to scrutinize all of HW now? It is the jealous a$$holes out their that hate Natalie.

    Good for Natalie on her vegetarian beliefs. She must be doing something right in her diet. She is so slim and does not have those awful saddlebags Bilpoo has! SO HA HA back you a$$es!

  11. 36
    Fed Says:

    Vegans rule the world.

  12. 37
    ck Says:

    “..leave Polanski out of it until there is more information on him”

    Perhaps the single funniest thing ever written on the internet.

  13. 38
    reba Says:

    Her self-righteousness is a HUGE turn-off. She gives Sean Penn a run for his money, for sure.

  14. 39
    @38 and 39 Says:

    Hey, stupid A$$hole, do you have access to court records and confidential client attorney privileged records. So shut the f up. Go attack Harrison Ford and others.

    Sean and Natalie are both academy award worthy, talented actors, directors, judges. Go to the Bilson and Lohan thread, this is too much for you.

  15. 40
    lexy Says:

    Reba were you down in New Orleans literally dragging people to safety like Sean Penn?? If not put a sock in it. He can be as righteous as he wants. I think it’s awesome that not only does he put his money where his mouth is but he literally went into a disaster area while others were trying to leave and assisted trained professionals in helping save lives. I don’t recall any other celebs doing that!

    There’s nothing wrong with having an opinion about something other than designer clothes. Again, it’s certainly refreshing to see a celeb her age speaking out about some important issues instead of how she can’t decide what PJ’s to wear at night or pretending to be f ashion expert. Again, I may not agree with Natalie but it’s nice that in addition to her career she’s actually aware of current events in our world.

    It’s great that the haters have NOTHING on Natalie so they harp on this Polansky thing or claim she’s had tons of plastic surgery. When Natalie runs for political office then I might concern myself with her feelings on criminals and rapists but until then she’s entitled to her opinion.

  16. 41
    rosie Says:

    Woah so one minute you’re talking about animals having personalities, then you’re talking about torture? Thought you went to Harvard? That’s not a logical progression. Few people would disagree that animals have personalities or, I might add, feelings. But not all meatwork places TORTURE these animals. That’s such an extreme. Oh I 100% agree that some practices are so bad that they could qualify for torture. I admire vegetarians in that respect, because they’re able to stand up for their beliefs and cut out all meat. But just because you eat meat doesn’t mean that all of it comes from some cow that got tortured from birth until death. Bloody high-and-mighty b*tch.

  17. 42
    wtf Says:

    “reminded me that some things are just wrong.”

    Yes. Drugging and raping children is also wrong you stupid twit.

  18. 43
    @ 43 Says:

    It was called consensual both of them agreed to the affair DAMN ppl it was far from rape the only reason the man got nailed for this was b/c the girl who conscented to this was under 18 yrs old. Did RP murder anyone NO, if you want to believe it was rape then go for it a good majority of famous ppl signed that petition. LET IT ALL GO for god sakes. It’s a done deal attack the rest of the petitioners who signed it as well, ,including directors, producers I don’t feel the box office will suffer b/c certain celebrities signed a petition. You know how many under age girls are having sex with over 18 to over 30 year old men and they conscent to it. Most of the HS girls are already lost their virginity and good chance it was to someone over 18.

  19. 44
    Oceane Says:

    I’ve been a vegan for years and I can’t stand these ‘born again’ vegans who think it’s their right to preach to the world. peTa are hypocrites and I don’t support anything they compaigin Choosing to be vegan should be a personal descision and not to boost a failing movie career..

  20. 45
    J Says:

    I don’t know why people go all “oh if you’re a vegetarian/vegan/animal activist, why do you do this and that and that and that?” it’s not about cutting out everything in your life. People do what feels right for them to do and everybody has limits. Obviously one has to draw a line somewhere even when it comes to being an animal activist. She’s not going to live in the middle of the jungle with a treehouse and everything. But she’s doing what she can do, and maybe all she’s asking for others is to do the same, doing as much as one can do.

    Just because you disagree doesn’t mean that you have to get all personal and insecure about somebody. It only shows that bringing someone down doesn’t make you feel any better.

  21. 46
    christine Says:

    I stopped eating meat and went down to 96lbs and wasnt active cause of my preparation for an upcoming advanced exam for my job. But I also got extremely better at absorbing my studies and aced the exam w/ only 1 question wrong (which I knew I probably would).
    I have friends who are vegan/vegetarian and they seem to b exceptionally smart, attractive & thin. The guys are tall too.

  22. 47
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  23. 48
    haters Says:

    I don’t agree with her either, but calling names only shows you can’t make your point, especially when she made hers so eloquently.

  24. 49
    Domino Says:

    I adore her. She’s perfect.

  25. 50
    You are an imbecile Says:

    @@ 43:

    Your comments are ridiculous. Maybe you should just bend over and assume the position alongside Portman and the Pig Polanski can give it to both of you.

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