It took some maneuvering to catch up with dancer Josef Brown—the man is always on the move. Currently featured in the television prequel Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, he also appeared in the ABC series Dance Academy, and for years, he played Johnny Castle in the smash hit Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage. What you may not know, however, is that this beefed up warrior keeps the beef off his plate. We managed to fall into step with Josef and asked him to talk about his acclaimed new "role" as a vegan. Josef is the latest celebrity to star in PETA's popular vegetarian testimonial series, and what he had to say was music to our ears:
Josef Brown's Vegetarian Testimonial
As you can see, Josef is as compassionate as he is energetic and agile; he has even included links to PETA US and other animal protection groups on his website. He urges his fans to do whatever they can to stop unnecessary suffering, including adopting a vegan diet. As Josef points out, animals want to live just as much as we do. It's not fair for us to take their lives needlessly.
He says, "Meat-eating is one of the most inefficient things we do on the planet. … You have to create two-thirds of the crops to feed the animals that then feed you. The water resources, the land resources …. When you look at it that you don't have to eat meat, that you don't have to wear leather, that you don't have to perform experiments on animals in order to survive, in order to prosper, in order to live. After a while, being vegetarian, I really felt leaner, I felt lighter, I felt quicker. And so, if you can end unnecessary suffering, do you have a moral obligation to do so? I think you do."
We couldn't agree more. It doesn't matter if you're a dancing queen or if you've got two left feet, you can take steps to save animals, help the planet, and live a healthier lifestyle simply by going vegan. Just follow Josef's lead and pledge to be vegan for at least 30 days.