Meteor Garden Star, Barbie Hsu, in New PETA Ad

The star of the hit asianovela Meteor Garden asks people to show compassion for animals by adopting a meatless diet.

Taiwanese actress Barbie Hsu, who has been a vegetarian for years, stars in a new print advertisement for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia. The ad shows Barbie holding a chick next to the tagline “Vegetarians Make Chicks Happy!” Barbie – who has been called “The Queen of Beauty” – is best known for her roles in Taiwanese dramas and numerous films. She got her first big break with the hit TV show Meteor Garden and her popularity only increased with her appearance in Mars. She’s the lead actress in the TV series Corner With Love and the upcoming Summer of Bubbles, and also earned a Best Actress nomination at the Hong Kong Film Awards for her recent movie Connected.

“Animals are like my brothers and sisters, my friends and my family”, says Barbie. “We’re all equal. I love [all animals]. That’s why I won’t eat them.”

On factory farms, cows, pigs, chickens and other animals who are raised for their flesh are dehorned or debeaked and have their teeth, tails and testicles cut off – all without painkillers. Animals are kept in crowded, filthy enclosures and are denied everything that is natural and important to them. At slaughterhouses, animals are routinely hung upside down before their throats are cut, and they are often skinned and scalded to death while still conscious.

Healthy vegetarian diets support a lifetime of good health and protect against heart disease, cancer and strokes. A vegetarian diet is also the easiest way to stay slim and sexy!

Barbie joins other stars – including Pamela Anderson, Geneva Cruz, Isabel Roces, Natalie Portman, Yasmien Kurdi, Sir Paul McCartney and Maggie Q – who have kicked the meat habit. The ad was shot by photographer Chen Man. Barbie’s stylist was Sheila Liao. Her makeup and hair was done by Chiu Ya-li.

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