Emily Deschanel Calls Her Son The “Vegan Police”
Vegan actor and animal rights activist Emily Deschanel jokingly refers to her six-year-old son Henry as the “vegan police.” The “Bones” star is raising her children to be conscious of the food they eat.
“It was his choice to become 100 percent vegan,” Deschanel told Us Weekly at the Mercy for Animals Hidden Heroes Gala. She joked: “He’s kind of like the little vegan police now. I have to watch what he’s doing socially so he doesn’t alienate people!”
Emily Deschanel and her partner, actor David Hornsby have a second son, three-year-old Calvin. Just like his brother, Calvin loves his vegetables and is learning about where his food comes from. “From birth, they’ve been vegetarian,” Deschanel said. “We talk to them about why we eat the way we do.”
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As well as being ethically minded, Emily Deschanel is also raising health-conscious children. Speaking to natural lifestyle website Mother News Network in February 2013, the vegan celeb revealed, “I read ‘Disease-Proof Your Child‘ by Dr. Fuhrman, and think it is a must-read for parents trying to raise a healthy child.”
Henry has always eaten healthily. “Someone gave him candy at a party not long ago and he asked, ‘Why did they give this to me? I don’t eat candy!’’” Deschanel told the website Garden of Life in 2015. “So, I’m really proud of him because nutrition is important to me, and I love it when I have these victories.”
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Deschanel stopped eating meat at age 13, after she watched a documentary from a factory farm “Diet for a New America.” The star told Hindustan Times that the film turned her vegetarian instantly and she became vegan a year or two after that. “Animal cruelty really got to me. Billions of animals are killed every year for food – and animals are pretty amazing creatures, and I hate the idea of them dying for people to eat them,” she said.
The actor supports many organizations that take steps to protect farm animal rights. She is the Education Committee Chair and Development Committee Member at Farm Sanctuary, a safe haven for rescued farm animals. Last week, she, along with many other vegan celebs, helped to raise $1.2 million to support animal rights nonprofit Mercy for Animals at its annual Hidden Heroes Gala.
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The star, was very excited to attend the Mercy for Animals event. “I think they’re a very important organization in the animal rights movement,” she explained. “They open eyes about what is going on in the meat and dairy industry.”
Emily Deschanel is also one of many investors in the new Pig Out vegan bacon chips made by snack startup Outstanding Foods.
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