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Sunday, 29 September 2013

Vegan hiker walks 2,655 miles in record 59 days for animal rights

(from http://www.examiner.com)

Vegan hiker Josh Garrett walked 2,655 miles from Mexico to Canada in a record 59 days to raise awareness for animal cruelty and funds for the animal-rights group Mercy for Animals.

Garrett battled heat stroke, loneliness and exhaustion during his harrowing solo hike, walking an average of 45 miles a day. When he felt like giving up, Josh, 30, said his love for animals kept him going.

"What got me through those difficult times was thinking about why I was out there in the first place," "I was really surprised how mentally challenging it was."

Garrett, who has been a vegan for the past year and a half, subsisted on a diet of vegan bars, peanut butter, kale chips and corn nuts during his grueling trek across the Pacific Crest Trail from June 10 to Aug. 8.

Garrett, a track coach and exercise physiology instructor at Santa Monica College, converted to a vegan diet in 2011 after watching a video of turkeys being processed during Thanksgiving. He was astounded by the senseless cruelty he witnessed.

"Some guy at a slaughterhouse is using live turkeys, suspended upside down on a conveyor belt, as punching bags," Josh recalled. "It made me sick to my stomach. My consciousness started to change."

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