Jasmine Harman

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Jasmine Harman is a British television presenter best known for A Place in the Sun and Home or Away?.

Jasmine had been a vegetarian for most of her life but became vegan in 2013 after the birth of her daughter. On becoming a mum, she made the connection between dairy cows and their calves and realised she could no longer consume cow’s milk.1Murphy, N. 2021. A Place in the Sun’s Jasmine Harman shares surprising diet confession. Hello. Available: https://www.hellomagazine.com/cuisine/20210113104441/a-place-in-the-sun-jasmine-harman-diet-confession-vegan/ [Accessed 12 August 2021]. But Jasmine didn’t stop at just dairy and eliminated all animal products from her life, including all the furniture in her home.2Avery, R. 2020. Jasmine Harman’s stunning living room is completely vegan. Hello. Available: https://www.hellomagazine.com/homes/20201120101282/jasmine-harman-home-photos-vegan-living-room/ [Accessed 12 August 2021].

Jasmine is involved with several charities including the Dogs Trust.

I began to think about it and it suddenly dawned on me at the age of 38 that the cow only produces milk when she has had a baby. That made me stop and think what happens to her baby? I did some research and from that moment on I could not have dairy again. It was such a shock and so upsetting I think I cried for three days. I’ve been vegetarian for most of my life as I don’t want to harm animals and realised that by eating dairy, I was doing just that.

Becoming a mum was the big catalyst for going vegan for me. Understanding that mammals, including humans and cows, only make milk when they have had a baby prompted me to research why cows produce so much milk. What I discovered can only be described as utterly horrific. I wanted no part of it any more. Cows repeatedly artificially inseminated. Babies taken from their mothers soon after birth. Babies killed and eaten. Mothers used for their milk and killed for meat at a fraction of their natural lifespan when they are no longer profitable. It was a no brainer. If you object to veal, you should not eat dairy.3Parry, L. 2021. Celebrity Health – Jasmine Harman. Your Healthy Living. Available: https://www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk/jasmine-harman [Accessed 12 August 2021].