Alicia Silverstone turns 40 today so we have found some facts about her that make her an excellent role model for both existing and aspiring vegans and vegetarians.

Alicia Silverstone

Alicia Silverstone

- Silverstone became vegan in 1998 after she attended an animals rights meeting. She said; "I realized that I was the problem … I was an animal lover who was eating animals."

- She was voted the 'Sexiest Female Vegetarian' by PETA in 2004.

- In 2007, Silverstone appeared nude in an advertisement and a 30 second commercial for PETA to promote vegetarianism.

- She has set up a sanctuary for rescued pets in Los Angeles.

- During the trial of Russian band 'Pussy Riot' in 2012, she wrote a letter to Vladimir Putin asking for vegan meals to be made available to Russian prisoners.

- Silverstone has released two books- 'The Kind Diet' on vegan nutrition, which topped The New York Times Best Seller List, and the follow up 'The Kind Mama', both of which are associated with her website- 'The Kind Life'. She plans to write a third- ‘The Kind Diet Cookbook’. 

- She helped uncover the cruely of down in the following video with PETA. 

- She lives with her husband, Christopher Jarecki and son Bear Blu, in an eco-friendly Los Angeles house with solar panels and an organic vegetable garden.

- The couple have four rescue dogs- one of which is a bulldog named 'The Pig'.

- Both her and her husband are advocates for animal rights. As well as promoting animal rights, Silverstone is also an environmental activist.

Source: Wikipedia and IMDB.

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