VOICE: Jesus Christ, Shakyamuni Buddha, St. Francis of Assisi, Leonardo da Vinci, Shania Twain, Leo Tolstoy, Albert Einstein, Alicia Silverstone, Tobey Maguire, Joaquin Phoenix, Pamela Anderson, and Natalie Portman.
What do these distinguished people of the past and present have in common? They represent the circle of the vegetarian and vegan elite and some of the most gifted and accomplished people in the world.
They are some of the countless noble examples of compassion and wisdom. So keep in good company with the noble circle of vegetarian and vegan elite.
My whole world has changed. And I feel happier and I feel really grateful and inspired.
Rory Freedman – New York Times bestselling author:
Because I love them, and I care about them.
John Salley – 4-time US National Basketball Association champion:
Changed my life; one, I’m healthier.
Persia White – American actress (Girlfriends):
It actually benefits the entire planet.
Neal Barnard – Founder and President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine:
And we now know that animal agriculture is the biggest contributor to climate change.
Peggy McCay –Emmy Award-winning US actress (Days of Our Lives):
They feel as we feel. And it’s not good for the human soul and for the world, for us to mistreat them.
Jane Velez-Mitchell – Emmy Award-winning television journalist (CNN):
It's up to all of us to speak up for the animals. They have no voice and there are terribly, horrifically cruel things being done to them on a daily basis that are absolutely unnecessary. And they are also very bad for human health. I think we are on the cusp of a huge revolution in eating, and people are really starting to wake up to the cruelty in factory farming.
Eliza Roberts – Actress, casting director & author:
We are vegan, as you would be if you went and saw what happens to animals when they are prepared for food. It is absolutely, should be against the law. It's just the most heartbreaking thing in the world. So no one should be eating animals. Everyone should be saving and rescuing animals instead. And vegan food is delicious on top of that.
Eric Roberts – Oscar nominated actor:
I am vegan because it's the healthiest way to eat. So I’m vegan, and you should be too.
I just think it's really important to eat the healthiest you can, if you know what's healthiest for you. It's obviously a non-animal diet.
If you love animals, the first thing you should do is to stop eating them, not the last thing.
You know the old paradigm “we are what we eat”
I stopped eating meat seven years ago, felt really good and you should try exploring more vegetarian options too.
The biggest impact that we can have on our planet is through our food choices and what we haveon our plate.
There’s no question that the number one contributor to climate change is livestock production. The quickest way to make an effect is to immediately start on a vegan diet. It also happens to be delicious and good for your health so it’s a win-win.
One of the reasons I became vegan is the golden rule, the idea of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. The best way to increase my happiness and also hopefully increase the happiness of others is actually be concerned for the wellbeing of other people and other animals, so that’s a big part of my veganism as well.
Kenneth G. Willams
My name is Kenneth G. Williams. I’m the world’s first vegan body builder champion and national spokesperson.
The 21 century athlete... if he wants to move further in his and her development, they're going to have to come to grips with eating properly.
We have the power to really imagine the future and to affect it, if we want to.
I believe we need to treat all life with incredible respect.
Every decision that we can make every day, it’s going to make a difference to the planet.
A vegan diet, everybody wins, really. All the Earthlings win on that one.
Rajendra K. Pachauri
If we have to follow what Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world,” then we have to start with ourselves. And one way that we can make a major difference is to reduce our meat consumption.
It’s a win, win, win situation. It’s good for the environment, it’s good for people, it’s good for animals.
Ten billion farm animals are killed every single year in America and that's one million animals per hour. That's astounding. One million animals per hour are slaughtered for food and that really disturbs me.
So considering all these aspects, it’s better to switch to vegetarianism; it will bring back nature’s harmony and has purifying effects.
To me, we don't have a right to be cruel to anything or anyone; the environment,
the animals, each other, our families.
Debra Wilson Skelton
Animals give nothing but pure love, pure joy.
We're both vegan. We practice compassion in ways that inform who we are, in our lives.
Wait a minute! I’m getting mild momentary amusement out of the flavors and feels of these products, and other animals are being tortured and losing their lives over it.
Does that weigh out? - torture and loss of life over a few seconds of amusement.
I mean it just doesn’t weigh. And I just thought “You know, I’m not gonna do it.”
I stopped; I just stopped.
Neal D. Barnard
Plant-based diets used to be thought of, as something that only philosophers would have.
Well, now we know that they're good for everybody and especially good for kids because
it keeps them slim and healthy.
There are so many different reasons to go vegetarian. There’s the health angle,
the nutrition angle, the cruelty that the animal faces. We have the environmental issue where it’s a huge impact on the environment. and the number one way
you can go green is become a vegan.
The process opens your mind; it opens your heart. It connects you to the planet through these animals, through what you eat. The vegetarian consciousness is a higher consciousness.
VEG THE NOBEL DIET
Albert Einstein – 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics, Vegetarian
Albert Schweitzer – 1952 Nobel Peace Prize, Vegetarian
Sir C. V. Raman – 1930 Nobel Prize for Physics, Vegetarian
Chandrashekar Subrahmanyam – 1983 Nobel Prize for Physics, Vegetarian
Elie Wiesel – 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, Vegetarian
George Wald – 1967 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Vegetarian
Isaac Bashevis Singer – 1978 Nobel Prize for Literature, Vegetarian
JM Coetzee – 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature, Vegetarian
Linus Pauling – 1954 Nobel Prize for Chemistry and 1962 Nobel Peace Prize, Vegetarian
Rabindranath Tagore – 1913 Nobel Prize for Literature, Vegetarian
Dr. Rajendra Pachauri – 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, Vegetarian
Romain Rolland – 1915 Nobel Prize for Literature, Vegetarian
Shmuel Yosef Agnon – 1966 Nobel Prize for Literature, Vegetarian
V. S. Naipaul – 2001 Nobel Prize for Literature, Vegetarian
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan – 2009 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, Vegetarian
VEG THE CHAMP DIET
Adam Myerson – American professional bicycle racer, Vegan
Billie Jean King – American champion tennis player, Vegetarian
Brendan Brazier – Canadian triathlete and ultramarathon runner; Vegan
Bryan Danielson – American wrestling champion, Vegan
Ed Templeton – American professional skateboarder, Vegan
Georges Laraque – Haitian-born ice hockey player, Vegan
Hannah Teter – American snowboarder, Olympic gold medalist, Vegetarian
John Salley – 4-time US National Basketball Association champion, Vegan
Dr. Katharina Wirnitzer - Austrian sports scientist & athlete, Vegan
Kenneth G. Williams – Professional bodybuilder, Vegan
Kristopher Aaron – Ultra-marathon runner, Raw Vegan
Mac Danzig – American mixed martial arts fighter, Vegan
Mike Mahler – American strength coach, Vegan
Mike Tyson – American professional boxing champion, Vegan
Molly Cameron – American professional bicycle racer, Vegan
Murray Rose – Australian Olympic champion swimmer, Vegetarian
Paavo Nurmi – Finnish runner, winner of 12 Olympic medals, Vegetarian
Pat Neshek – American professional baseball player, Vegan
Prince Fielder – American Major League baseball player, Vegan
Ricardo Moreira – American mixed martial artist, Vegan
Robert Cheeke – American bodybuilder, Vegan
Salim Stoudamire – American professional basketball player, Vegan
Scott Jurek – American ultramarathon runner, Vegan
Seba Johnson – Youngest alpine skier in Olympic history, Vegan
Taryn Terrell – American professional wrestler (female wrestler), Vegan
Tim Van Orden – American runner, Vegan
Tony La Russa – 2-time US Major League Baseball champion, 4-time Manager of the Year Award, Vegetarian
Walter Kowalski – Canadian wrestling champion, Vegetarian
Willie Austin – American powerlifting world champion, Vegan
VEG THE GLAMOUR DIET
Abbie Cornish – Australian actress (Neighbors), Vegetarian
Adriano Celentano – Italian entertainer, Vegetarian
Adriana Karembeu – Slovak model and actress, Vegetarian
Alanis Morissette – Canadian singer, songwriter, Vegan
Alicia Silverstone – American actress (Clueless), Vegan
André 3000 – American rapper, Vegetarian
Andrew Günsberg – Australian radio and television personality (Australian Idol), Vegan