It’s been two decades since an adorable pig charmed its way into the lives of millions of people, possibly letting them rethink the role of animals in human lives.
James Cromwell was already a vegetarian when he filmed the movie Babe, but after its completion, he was motivated to do more.
“It also inspired me to become vegan,” Cromwell told the Humane Society of the United States in the January/February issues of its All Animals magazine. “After having worked all morning with these extraordinary animals, I’d see their relatives on the lunch table. They had ham and duck, every animal except horse. That’s when I said, “I’ve got to try to be a vegan.” And for the most part, I have been vegan since 1994.”
While Babe is heartwarming and entertaining, it does address the more serious issue of the lives of farmed animals and, according to Cromwell, serves as a “morality tale that begins in a slaughterhouse, or a piggery.”
“Everything has a consequence, and you have to look at those consequences honestly. And all of this was in this little film that never preached,” he said.
Read the entire interview at the Humane Society.
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