Ten Vegans to Look Up To

Vegans are everywhere.  You might be surprised to learn how many famous people and historical figures live/lived a meat-free lifestyle.  From philosophers and painters to singers, actors, and politicians, you’ll find a wide range of individuals embracing a vegan diet.

Here are ten vegan people you can look up to:

  1. Alicia Silverstone (Actress) – “I know what it feels like to be hurt, and I don’t want to cause that pain to any other person or creature. But somehow, in society, we numb ourselves in order to make money or to feel better about ourselves, such as with cosmetics or food. We say to ourselves, I’m going to use this animal. I’m going to say it doesn’t have much worth so that I can allow myself to do these cruel things. And that just isn’t fair.”
  2. Ellen DeGeneres (Actress, Comedian, and Talk Show Host) – “I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.”
  3. Woody Harrelson (Actor, Activist) – “I’ve been vegan for about 10 and a half years. It’s been all good. I’m obviously much healthier.”
  4. Kate Bush (Singer) – “I just could not stand the idea of eating meat – I really do think that it has made me calmer…. People’s general awareness is getting much better, even down to buying a pint of milk: the fact that the calves are actually killed so that the milk doesn’t go to them but to us cannot really be right, and if you have seen a cow in a state of extreme distress because it cannot understand why its calf isn’t by, it can make you think a lot.”
  5. Ralph Waldo Emerson (Writer and Poet) – “You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.”
  6. Alexandra Paul (Actress, Activist) -“For me, going vegan was an ethical and environmental decision. I’m doing the right thing by the animals.”
  7. Mohandas Gandhi (Activist, Peacekeeper) – “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”
  8. Neal Barnard (M.D.) -I have been following a vegan diet now since the 1980s, and find it not only healthier, but also much more attractive than the chunks of meat that were on my plate as a child.”
  9. Scott Jurek (Athlete) – “It’s not like you wake up the next morning and feel ten times better. The changes are more gradual and you can see them better once you continue down the path for a while and then look back. In regards to competing and training I noticed my recovery times had shortened, that I was less injury prone, and had a higher level of energy. Above all, the major changes were in my relationship to food preparation and intake. I became very concerned not just about veganism, but about proper nutrition. I’ve come across many vegans who are still drinking soda pop. The point is you can be vegan and still have an unhealthy diet.”
  10. Moby (Musician) – “I made what I would arguably maintain is the world’s most obscenely healthy smoothie: almond milk, spinach, kale, cacao nibs, spirulina, bananas, strawberries, and blueberries. I use homemade almond milk, which is really easy to make — just take almonds and water and put it in a blender for 45 seconds, and then strain out the chunks of almond.”