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Long-time vegetarians Tobey Maguire AND Natalie Portman star together in the upcoming movie "Brother." The movie is about a soldier who goes missing in combat, while in his brother tries to assist and protect his family back home. According to Examiner.com, this has "...consequences that will shake the foundation of the entire family."
Tobey Maguire and Natalie Portman are both active in the fight to promote animal rights and healthy eating and living. For example, Tobey Maguire recently wrote a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi regarding the renewal of the Child Nutrition Act, which deals with, among other things, school lunches. Maguire, who is best known for playing Spiderman, wrote:
"My wife and I just had our second child, so this issue is tremendously important to us. Vegetarian school options are supported by the American Medical Association and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Let me ask you please to ensure the Child Nutrition Act provides more fruits, vegetables, and healthy vegetarian foods. Young people deserve healthful food, and I can’t imagine a better investment in the future of our country."
Portman, who is best known for her work in Star Wars, The Professional, and Garden State, wrote the following for The Huffington Post recently:
"The human cost of factory farming -- both the compromised welfare of slaughterhouse workers and, even more, the environmental effects of the mass production of animals -- is staggering...Factory farming of animals will be one of the things we look back on as a relic of a less-evolved age.”
Maguire has been meat-free for 17 years, and Portman since she was a young child. Both actors have recently switched to a vegan diet. Portman said that she was partially motivated to switch after reading Jonathan Safran Foer's book "Eating Animals," which was discussed recently in this blog.
The movie Brothers opens in theaters across the country on Friday (December 4).
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|