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TIAN YUAN TEAMS UP WITH PETA TO LAUNCH COMPELLING NEW PRO-VEGAN VIDEO

Entertainer Urges Fans to 'Live a Healthy Life Without Hurting Animals'

For Immediate Release:

November 20, 2012

Beijing — Actor, singer, producer, and novelist Tian Yuan went vegan five years ago, and now she wants to share the joy of her healthy and compassionate diet with the world. That's why Tian has teamed up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia to launch a brand-new video about why she stopped eating meat and other animal products. In the video, Tian talks about the rampant animal abuse on factory farms and how much better she feels in body and mind, and she hopes her friends and fans will follow her example.

"On massive factory farms, animals are crammed into small spaces," says Tian. "As they grow, they are fed with a steady dose of drugs, such as hormones and antibiotics. Their living environment is often sprayed with antibacterial agents, which is very unhealthy for the animals."

About her own well-being, Tian says, "I felt more in balance after I went vegan, both physically and mentally. … I feel so much more awake and healthier now. … In order to prove this, I ran a half-marathon and a full one last year in the U.S."

And to her many friends and fans, Tian asks a simple question: "If you can live a healthy life without hurting animals, why don't you make such a choice?"

The consumption of meat and other animal products has been conclusively linked to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. Bird flu and mad cow disease are also directly related to the meat industry. Also, raising animals for food is a leading cause of water pollution and land degradation, and a recent United Nations report concluded that a global shift toward a vegan diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.

Cows, pigs, chickens, and other animals raised for their flesh are dehorned and debeaked and have their teeth, tails, and testicles cut off—all without being given any painkillers. They are crammed into crowded, filthy enclosures and denied everything that is natural and important to them. At the slaughterhouse, animals routinely are hung upside down, have their throats cut, are skinned alive, and are scalded to death while they're still conscious.

Special thanks to volunteer photographer Tong Meng, makeup artist Sammy Huang, and stylist Cherry Chen. A broadcast-quality video link is available at here.

For more information, please visit PETAAsiaPacific.com/CN.

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