On the eve of the premiere of his latest film, “Eat It,” “Foodie” Gene Wilders has spent a year eating vegan, and now he is a vegetarian.
Wilders, who is known for his self-proclaimed love of all things vegan, told Axios’ Sam Pizzigati that he was always trying to be more ethical, but the vegan lifestyle “changed” for him after he started watching “The Big Lebowski” and the Netflix series “House of Cards.”
“I realized I can do more,” Wilders said.
“And when you can do it, it’s easier to live a better life.”
The director has been vegan since 2003, and he said he decided to be a vegetarian after seeing the film.
“It’s hard to watch the movie, but it’s even harder to be alive,” he said.
“I was going to eat vegan, but I didn’t want to do it because I was going through a bad breakup,” he added.
“I don’t like eating meat.
I like eating vegetables and eggs, and I like to eat grass-fed beef and grass-finished fish.”
The vegan lifestyle is more sustainable than traditional meat-eating, Wilders noted, adding that it is also healthier.
“The main thing is that you don’t need to eat animals for their flesh, which is much more nutritious than meat,” he explained.
“There are many more plants than animals.”
Wilders’ vegan lifestyle has come under scrutiny in recent months, with a report from The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) and the Center for Food Safety (CFS) finding that the American Meat Institute (AMI), a trade group that represents the industry, is not following all of its own rules when it comes to animal welfare.
“We have seen that AMI has not only broken the law, but also failed to follow its own guidance on animal welfare, which means the meat industry is failing its consumers,” CFS Executive Director Dan Kahan said in a statement.
“Amputees are not suffering for their skin, but they are suffering for the suffering of animals and the billions of animals that are killed in the process of making meat, dairy, eggs, eggs and other animal products.”
Amputes are not hurting for their skins, but not hurting on a human levelAccording to the CFS, AMI does not require its employees to disclose the names of the companies that they work for.
The group noted that AMIs list of employees is “disclosed by the industry only in the form of a letter, which can be signed by the company’s general manager and vice president.”
The CFS also highlighted that AMAs list of animal welfare violations is not listed in AMI’s corporate ethics policies, which include policies on animal testing, animal research, animal welfare training, and animal welfare programs.
The CFT also pointed out that animal welfare activists and scientists, as well as animal rights groups, have questioned the use of animals in the production of animal products, and have asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require that animal testing be conducted on the meat and animal products of factory farms.
“This isn’t just a question of animal testing,” said CFS’ Dr. Jillian K. Collins.
“We are concerned that this list is being used as a political weapon to advance animal rights and that the Food Standards Board has been using this list as a means to silence critics of the meat industries.”
In a letter to FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb, the CFT argued that the meat testing process has been a “slippery slope” towards the “slaughter of non-human animals.”
“By using the animal testing process, the FDA has set a dangerous precedent that would allow the use, sale, and consumption of meat that is unfit for human consumption,” Collins said.
Animal rights activists, like Pizziglione, have called on the FDA to change the process.
“You have to do this by the letter,” he told Pizzigan.
“You have got to do a lot of work on the letter, and then you can have the process be transparent and transparently work.”
The Vegan Institute, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the rights of vegans, also has expressed concerns about the AMI list.
“While AMI is not required to disclose its suppliers, AMIs disclosure form does not list any of the firms involved in animal testing.
AMI states that it does not have any affiliation with any of these companies,” the Vegan Institute said in an email.”
Additionally, AMis list of companies is not available to the public, and is not publicly available for anyone to review.
The Vegan Institute calls on the Feds to require animal testing on AMIs meat supply and for AMI to release its list of suppliers, including its affiliates, as soon as possible,” the statement continued.