Democratic Presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard speaks out about her veganism at New York event
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Democratic Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has spoken up about her decision to go vegan.
Gabbard, who is one of a long list of Democratic candidates running to take on Donald Trump in 2020, says she has been vegan for “a number of years.”
The congresswoman is a military combat veteran and serves as the U.S. Representative for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district.
At an event in New York earlier this month she was asked how she would lead a fight for animal rights.
“Throughout my time in Congress this has been a very important issue for me.
“I have supported every piece of legislation to protect animals and to stop the senseless slaughter that we are seeing in many different ways including something that we’ve seen throughout the [veterans administration] and armed service committee of how unnecessarily medical professionals are still using animals for training, when we see many other advanced countries in the world have stopped that practice and are using science and technology to be able to get the training that they need.”
“I’ve been a lifelong vegetarian and been a vegan now for several years, for a lot of reasons, but when we look at how unethically these animals are treated in these factory farms across the country, it breaks my heart, and it’s something that more people are starting to learn and recognize.
“It’s having a damaging impact on our lives, on the air we breath, on the water that we drink and on the planet.
“Look at how the choices that we make affect those around us and impact our planet—so I will continue that work.”
The congresswoman is still in the race to run for the Democrats but hit out at the DNC after discovering she will likely not appear in the next TV debate. (https://news.yahoo.com/tulsi-gabbard-slams-dnc-lack-120443244.html)
Fellow candidate Corey Booker is also believed to be a vegan.