In a New PETA Campaign, Zack Sabre Jr. Credits Vegan Foods With Giving Him His Powerful Physique

For Immediate Release:
December 3, 2019

Tokyo — Wearing his vegan leather jacket while taking a big bite out of a crisp carrot, heavyweight wrestling champion and winner of the 2018 New Japan Cup Zack Sabre Jr. appears in a new PETA ad that proclaims, “Vegan Strong—Powered by Plants.” Sabre—who consumes no fish, meat, eggs, or dairy—is currently signed to New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

In an accompanying video spot, Sabre describes how “everything changed instantly” when he went vegan in 2015 after watching the documentary Forks Over Knives: “I just felt so much more energized,” he says. “Just eating plants, … whole foods, you know, full of water, minerals, vitamins … you just feel good.” He also notes that “there’s no reason to be wearing clothes that have come at the expense of tortured animals,” mentioning that his jacket, shin guards, and shoes are all leather-free and vegan.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or wear”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. Compared to meat-eaters, vegans are less prone to suffering from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, obesity, and numerous other health problems. Each person who goes vegan spares the lives of nearly 200 animals every year.

Notably, many of Sabre’s wrestling contemporaries are also vegan, including Tyler Bate, Markus Burke, and Pete Dunne.

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