Following the tragic death of 22-year-old Anthoine Hubert during a Formula Two race at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Stavelot, Belgium on Saturday, August 31—drivers solemnly took to the track the following Sunday for the 13th race of the 21-round 2019 Formula One season.
While Ferrari managed to claim its first victory this season with Charles Leclerc’s first-place win at Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, which he dedicated to his dear friend Hubert—runner-up Lewis Hamilton (who competes for the Mercedes team) is still dominating the season.
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With an overall first-place standing, Hamilton—a five-time Formula One World Champion—is well on his way to nabbing his sixth title, and he’s doing it all on a plant-based diet!
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We all have a voice, I have this platform and so to not use it correctly would be wrong of me. Nobody is perfect, I certainly am not but this is actually happening everyday to so many animals worldwide. This is why I have decided to go to a vegan plant based diet, been over a year now. Yes it’s hard, nothings ever easy but I’ve felt the best I’ve ever felt for the past year. #chooselove #govegan
Dogfather of two adorable Bulldogs, Roscoe and Coco, Hamilton switched to a plant-based diet back in September 2017 after watching What the Health. Of the transition, he told CNN: “I do feel the best I’ve ever felt in my life….Physically, I feel the best I’ve ever felt….I feel incredibly clean and healthy….I can’t imagine going back.”
Since going plant-based, Hamilton has become an ardent animal rights advocate and outspoken critic of animal exploitation by using his platform to raise awareness for the cruelty animals are forced to endure at the hands of humans.
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I saw this and wanted to share with you. It’s disgusting that governments allow this to happen. This man attacking this seal has no heart. I love Canada but you guys need to stop this from happening! You are better than this. #Repost @karmagawa ・・・ BREAKING: Canada’s annual cruel commercial seal slaughter has opened and will turn Canada’s East Coast bloody with the carcasses of baby seal pups with 97% of the pups being less than three months old! The Canadian government actually regulates these barbaric hunts where seals are killed with wooden clubs, hakapiks (large ice-pick-like clubs) and guns — and the killing process is demonstrably cruel because the main sealskin processing plant in Canada deducts $2 from the price they pay for the skins for each bullethole they find, therefore sealers are loath to shoot seals more than once. This seal hunt on the East Coast is not to be confused with the Inuit hunt in the North that provides food, clothing and other necessities of life, while this hunt is cruel, unnecessary and wasteful as according to Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans, 92% of the meat from this annual hunt goes wasted. Please share this post with your followers, tag people who need to see it and follow @hsiglobal @peta and @action4ifaw to learn what you can do to help end this barbarism! #savetheseals #seallove #karmagawa
Along with criticizing commercial whaling and Canada’s seal hunt, Hamilton has also lambasted wildlife poaching as well as the meat industry. In a caption posted on Instagram alongside a photo of himself and his beloved pup, Roscoe, Hamilton said: “Animals possess values of which very few humans do. We turn a blind eye to the pain and torture we put animals through. Every piece of meat, chicken or fish you eat, every bit of leather or fur you wear, has come from an animal that has been tortured, pulled away from their families and brutally killed. We all have choices to make and if you are ok with it then that’s you but I choose to love, to be conscious of what I’m supporting and I refuse to support the companies that buy from those companies killing and torturing animals.”
Although his diet is absent of meat, dairy, and eggs, the world-renowned pro-racer isn’t missing out on any meals and is still able to eat his absolute favorites: pancakes and juicy burgers. The latter of which he enjoys so much that the UK native has teamed up with investors Tommaso Chiabra and Ryan Bishti to launch an international vegan burger chain called Neat Burger—which opened its first location in London, England on September 2 (selling out of its meatless burgers within the first two hours of opening!).
The eco-friendly and 100-percent plant-based burger chain will soon be expanding with more than a dozen locations opening around Europe (including several more locations in London), as well as a location in New York. The fast-food chain aims to open more than 100 locations worldwide. Neat Burger’s ultimate goal is to convert meat-eaters to a more plant-based diet or vegan lifestyle in order to reduce animal suffering and lessen the impact animal agriculture has on the planet—especially in the Amazon where man-made fires are ravaging the land in order to make room for grazing cattle.
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Photo: Lewis Hamilton via Instagram,