In case you missed it, we’re smack dab in the middle of Hispanic Heritage Month. This is a time to celebrate all the amazing Hispanic and Latino Americans who have made our world a better place. In honor of this, here are 10 badass Hispanic veg*ns (vegetarians and vegans) who are changing the world for animals:
1. Kat Von D
Celebrated tattoo artist, entrepreneur, and TV star Kat Von D is a devoted vegan and Mercy For Animals supporter. She presented our Compassionate Courage Award to Kevin Lahey, a former MFA undercover investigator, at our 2016 Hidden Heroes Gala, and she will speak at this year’s Circle V Fest!
2. Ricky Martin
Martin credits a plant-based diet with his excellent health. The pop legend has been vegetarian since 2013 and loves the cruelty-free lifestyle. "On a vegetarian diet, I feel amazing!" the singer glows.
3. Daisy Fuentes
She broke barriers as MTV's first Latina VJ and is Revlon's first Latina spokesperson to be signed to a worldwide contract. But did you know she’s also vegan?! Daisy uses her voice to help animals and she hosted MFA’s 2016 Hidden Heroes Gala.
4. Cesar Chavez
Famed labor leader Cesar Chavez co-founded the National Farm Workers Association. Chavez felt strongly about justice for animals and was vegetarian (and at times vegan) for the last 25 years of his life. His legacy continues to inspire justice and compassion.
5. Christian Serratos
This Twilight star says, “When I stopped eating meat, I noticed that it was easier for me to focus, and I was really proud of myself for being green. ... I had a plethora of reasons for going vegetarian.”
6. Eugenio Derbez
Mexican superstar Eugenio Derbez narrated an MFA undercover video investigation into government-owned slaughterhouses across Mexico, which led to the introduction in Mexico’s congress of legislation that would make it a crime to slaughter an animal who had not been properly stunned.
7. Dolores Huerta
American labor leader and civil rights activist, Huerta co-founded the National Farm Workers Association with Cesar Chavez. She is a vegetarian role model to people around the world.
8. Marco Antonio Regil
Beloved TV host Marco Antonio Regil co-hosted MFA’s 2016 Hidden Heroes Gala and consistently uses his voice to speak up for animals.
9. Jane Velez-Mitchell
While many know Jane Velez-Mitchell as a television journalist and author, she’s also a fierce animal rights activist. In 2015 she launched Jane Unchained, an online show that covers animal rights news. Jane has also hosted MFA’s annual Hidden Heroes Gala.
10. Daniella Monet
Daniella Monet, star of Nickelodeon's Victorious, has been vegetarian since age five and went vegan at age 13. Daniella uses her voice to speak up for animals, including on campaigns promoting healthy eating, and she attended MFA’s Hidden Heroes Gala in 2016.
Not veg yet? You can get easy vegan recipes, delicious meal ideas, and helpful tips on moving away from meat here.