Video: HappyCow Interviews actress Emily Deschanel at HSUS VegAppetit benefit event

Emily Deschanel with Chefs Yves Fournier and Tal Ronnen

Best known for her role as Dr. Temperance ‘Bones’ Brennan on the popular American television series “Bones,” actress Emily Deschanel is a 20 year vegan who is a committed animal rights supporter. She became vegan after watching “Diet for A New America” in high school, a documentary about factory farming. She could no longer contribute to the suffering of animals after viewing the film and became vegan as a result. She soon after became an active animal rights activist.

Deschanel has remained an active voice for animal protection. She’s a regular presenter at The Humane Society’s annual Genesis Awards, and is a member of the Humane Society Legislative Fund’s National Council. She has helped raise awareness for anti- dog fighting measures, and she has pitched animal-related storylines to her fellow “Bones” producers. She has also collaborated with PETA on a video encouraging mothers to raise their children as vegans, and has spoken out against the dairy industry.

She currently lives with her husband, actor/screenwriter David Hornsby, and with her son, Henry, who she is raising vegan.

Deschanel was recently the host of an event presented by the Humane Society of the United States called veg appetit, a celebration of the variety and quality of options available to the conscious foodie. The event featured gourmet vegan fare created by Tal Ronnen, founder and chef of the hot new Los Angeles restaurant Crossroads, and Yves Fournier, the Paris-born chef at Orange County’s Andrei’s, renowned for its conscious cuisine and cocktails. Proceeds from the event will benefit HSUS’ farm animal protection campaign and Hollywood outreach program. Watch Deschanel as she is interviewed by HappyCow’s Ken Spector about her compassionate lifestyle.

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