Michael Clarke Duncan's Exclusive Interview With PETA

Uploaded by officialpeta on 10.05.2012

Hello. This is Michael Clarke Duncan for PETA. I became a vegetarian 3 years ago. I ate meat,
a lot of meat. But I noticed that I had a lot of illnesses too. Once my birthday rolled
around, I said why don’t I try something new, exciting, and different so I decided
to become a vegetarian. And PETA is at the forefront of vegetarianism and veganism. I
just wanted to try something different, and when you guys contacted me, it was like a
no-brainer. I was excited to do it. I looked at a video called “Meet Your Meat,” and
I didn’t know that was your video. I never knew what the process was from that animal
to my plate. I never looked at it like that. I’m and animal lover and I once I looked
at it like that, I cleared out my refrigerator, about $5000 worth of meat. I was a big Omaha
Steaks person. I had meat delivered to my house, everything just went out and I gave
it to my neighbors. Chicken, fish, steaks, all cuts of meat, it just went out. And then
I read a book called “Skinny Bitch” and they have another one out called “Skinny
Bastard,” so I read both of them. And just the things that were in there, the things
you don’t know about. About the meat, the process, what goes in to what you’re actually
eating. And the fact that this meat stays in your system for so many years and it’s
just rotting inside of your stomach. And that’s where all these cancers and all these diseases
come from. And believe me, I’m not saying that I’m perfect, but I’m saying I’m
a lot healthier than I was when I was eating meat. And best thing about being a vegetarian
for me is that #1, I know I’m not harming any animals. I have cats and dogs at home
and I know I’m not doing that. The #2 thing is increased strength. I’m a lot stronger
than I was when I was eating meat. I found out that most animals, most of your most powerful
animals in the wild are vegetarians. So I’m trying to get my strength to that level. I
don’t know if I will make it or not, but elephants are vegetarians, they are pretty
big. Where do you get your protein from? That’s
the first thing people ask, especially big guys, because we feel we have to have that
big 14 ounce steak to get our protein, which is definitely not true. We only need 12-14%
protein per day, which isn’t a lot. And I get that in beans, I get that in lagoons,
I get that in my fruit juices, vegetables, potatoes—everything that I eat. So, for
guys out there, don’t think you have to have these gigantic steaks to get your protein.
Just think about this for one thing. The more you workout, the more you’re going to burn.
The protein you are going to put in from the beans, lagoons, fresh fruits and vegetables,
will last way longer than and you will get more out of it than that 12 ounces of meat.
I have 3 fish, and then there is Lucy, Big Papa who is the only male, Bunny, Snowflake,
Whiskers, Pinky and Meme. So those are my animals at home. I have 6 cats and 2 dogs
at home. And I love each and every one of them very much. And they have all different
personalities and like I said, I am a big animal lover, so I don’t think I can ever
eat meat again in my entire life. And those are my babies. For more information about
vegetarianism and how to help animals, go to Peta.org. You won’t regret it.