Vegan Boxing Champion David Haye Fights for Animals

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Heavyweight boxing champion David Haye has proved that he’s as kind as he is strong by starring in a PETA Asia campaign promoting the knockout power of vegan meals.


Haye gave up eating animal-derived foods two years ago and was immediately open about his reasons for doing so.

In an exclusive video interview at the ad photo shoot, David explained why he made the decision to eat vegan:

Since cutting out meat, I felt healthier – I felt cleaner, lighter, my skin, nails, hair. I stopped getting dandruff. There were loads of real positive effects that I got from that. It was kind of strange, but I sort of woke up brighter in the mornings, fresher …. I remember after a meal I would just want to crash out and go to sleep, where I now eat and feel more awake and perked up. Energy levels felt better, a lot better.

The British boxer made the decision to go vegan after watching the documentary Earthlings.

Compared to meat-eaters, vegans are less prone to suffering from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity, and each person who goes vegan saves many animals every year from daily suffering and a terrifying death.

Haye is the 2009 World Boxing Association champion and is widely recognized as one of the best boxers of his generation. The British heavyweight joins a growing and impressive list of athletes—including Mr. Universe 2014 Barny Du Plessis, football great Phil Neville, tennis world champion Serena Williams, and Germany’s “strongest man” of 2011, Patrik Baboumian—who have teamed up with PETA affiliates to promote healthy and humane meat-free meals.

Did you know? David consumes over 200 grams of plant-based protein each day!

Pledge to cut out the meat and dairy like David today and check out our vegan recipes below.