Famous Vegans

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Patrik BaBoumian, German strongman
In 2012, he set a World record by lifting a 150.2kg beer keg overhead. On why he went from vegetarian to vegan, he said, “I just found myself thinking that if I would have to kill the animals I ate with my own hands I couldn’t because I was [too] compassionate. I felt that I was fooling myself eating meat considering my inability to kill an animal so I just thought I’d better be honest to myself and stop eating meat.”

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In 2013 he set a world record by carrying a 550 kg yoke in Toronto.  He said to the audience:  “This is a message to all those out there who think that you need animal products to be fit and strong. Almost two years after becoming vegan I am stronger than ever before and I am still improving day by day. Don’t listen to those self proclaimed nutrition gurus and the supplement industry trying to tell you that you need meat, eggs and dairy to get enough protein.  There are plenty of plant-based protein sources and your body is going to thank you for stopping feeding it with dead-food.  Go vegan and feel the power!”

 

esther hahn

Esther Hahn, professional surfer with 4 international titles ,
“I actually feel more energized as a vegan. I think consuming large amounts of animal products, especially dairy, can take a toll on the body. So I feel better, both physically and mentally, surfing as a vegan… I’m constantly surprised by how easily adaptable a vegan diet can be. Grains, vegetables, and beans are fairly universal foods.”

 

 

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Jim Morris, vegan bodybuilder

“Eating vegan helps to prevent obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and strokes. Muscle your way to better health: Go vegan!”

 

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Barny du Plessis, world champion bodybuilder
Mr. Universe 2014 decides to go vegan to “fight for a greater good” and describes himself as a “100 percent whole-hearted warrior vegan”.

 

 

 

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Serena Williams, tennis superstar ,
Ranked No. 1 in women’s single tennis

 

 

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Rich Roll, vegan ultra athlete
“I am not overstating the case to say that everything I have accomplished as an endurance athlete over the last few years, including two Ultraman World Championships and EPIC5 – an endurance odyssey in which I completed 5 ironman distance triathlons on 5 separate Hawaiian Islands in under a week – begins and ends with my plant-based whole food diet.”
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“Conventional wisdom would say that an athlete cannot perform on plants alone. But I am living proof that this is false, and I have ample research to support this position. Personally, I cannot overemphasize the difference this has made in my own life, a secret weapon for enhanced athletic performance and overall long-term wellness. (In the last two years, I have not gotten sick or even suffered a cold.)”

 

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Kenneth G. Williams, vegan bodybuilder
After becoming vegan in 2000, Kenneth won the World Natural Bodybuilding Championships 2003 in USA. In 2004, he placed third out of over 200 competitors and became America’s first vegan bodybuilding champion.
“Being vegan gives me the strength and stamina I need to be a successful bodybuilder.”

 

 

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Brandon Brazier, former professional Ironman triathlete
“I first became vegan for health reasons, which for me translates to performance gains. Soon after I stopped eating meat I realized that there were many more reasons other than just health to be vegan. Aside from the health, environmental and animal welfare concerns, I also began to dislike the way in witch society views meat consumption. The slick marketing and complete removal of any thought that the ground-up, plastic wrapped piece of meat bought in a supermarket was recently an animal walking around in a field, not too different from your dog. Society makes contributing to killing an animal completely acceptable and anonymous, others do all the messy work (breeding, raising, killing) all you as the consumer has to do is walk into a friendly, clean supermarket in the shopping mall and buy a piece of meat wrapped with a cartoon picture of a smiling cow on it.”

 

Fiona Oakes

Fiona Oakes, UK vegan marathon runner
“I like to encourage people to think about veganism in a positive way. I try to break down stereotypes and myths attached to veganism by my actions. I am one of only 800 female fire-fighters in the UK – a job which people don’t expect to see a female doing, let alone a vegan one. I run endurance events, a thing which people don’t think you can do if you are a ‘weak vegan’.”

 

 

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Meagan Duhamel, figure skater champion
“I have been a vegan since December 2008 therefore I do not eat meat, milk, cheese or anything that comes from an animal.”   “So many people tell me they could never be vegan. I just wish people would understand and realize that it’s really not that difficult, and it’s a choice that we make.  I think that it is in everybody’s grasp to be able to make a decision like switching to a vegan lifestyle. One of my proudest accomplishments has been going vegan.”

 

 

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Mortimer Zukerman, Canadian-born American media proprietor
Vegan since 2008, he was included in a list of business moguls who are vegan.BlloombergBussinessWeek Magazine article “The Rise of the Power Vegans” in 2010.

 

 

 

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Philip Wollen, Order of Australia, former VP of Citibank

See his 10-minute speech at the St. James Ethics Center: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQCe4qEexjc

 

 

 

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Paul Watson, Canadian President of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

 

 

 

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Mayim Bialik, American actress, The Big Bang Theory
“The health benefits of limiting meat and dairy are well documented, but perhaps more compelling is the environmental impact of a world devoted to massive consumption of animal products, which is truly unbelievable….So is there a connection between observant Judaism and my veganism and environmentalism? There is! What I have found is that Judaism strengthens my choices to be vegan, makes the decisions I embrace daily even richer, deeper, and more fulfilling.”

 

 

 

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Emily Deschanel, American actress Bones
“For me, it always has to be about health. That’s why I’m a vegan. Well, I don’t even do that for my health entirely, I do it for animals.”

 

 

 

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Woody Harrelson, American actor, environmentalist
“Really, my message is simple. It’s a message of compassion. In this world that is spinning madly out of control, we have to realize that we’re all related. We have to try to live harmoniously.”

“I’ve been concerned for years. When I was in the seventh grade I did a report about the environment and the loss of species. It was supposed to be only a few pages, but ended up being nearly 50. I’ve always had an intense relationship with nature, something which I think all of us have somewhere inside of us.”

 

 

 

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Casey Afflect, American actor, Director
“When people ask me why I don’t eat meat or any other animal products, I say, ‘Because they are unhealthy and they are the product of a violent and inhumane industry.’”

 

 

 

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Joaquin Phoenix, American actor

“I’ve been a vegan since I was about 3 years old and involved in animal rights for years. I’ve seen a number of animal rights films throughout the years, none has affected me as profoundly as Earthlings.”

 

 

 

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Alan Cumming, Scottish actor, The Good Wife

Check out this video of Alan on Anderson Cooper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ur6n-PDmQZc

 

 

 

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Michael Dorn, Actor, Star Trek: Yhe Next Generation

“I run into people all the time that say ‘I can’t do it,’ or ‘It’s too difficult,’ or ‘I really need meat.’ And I just say ‘Look, it’s really not difficult, it’s just different.’ You have to go into a shop a different way. You have to look at the packaging. You have to pay attention to what goes in it and be careful. That just takes a little more time, but it’s not hard.’”

 

 

 

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Russell Brand, American actor and comedian
“You shouldn’t eat animals, it’s mean to them.”

 

 

 

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Peter Dinklage, American actor, Game of Thrones
“Any form of animal abuse is pretty upsetting to me.”

 

 

 

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Steve-O, American comedian, TV personality, and rapper
“I got into being vegan because I was simply looking to benefit from being more compassionate. I have since come to learn that it is an animal-based diet that is responsible for the overwhelming majority of cases of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, multiple sclerosis, and all kinds of other problems.”

“Being a vegan just helps me build up my self-esteem. I feel good about it every time I eat a meal.”

 

 

 

james cameron
James Cameron, movie director
“It’s not a requirement to eat animals; we just choose to do it. So it becomes a moral choice, and one that is having a huge impact on the planet: using up resources and destroying the biosphere.”

 

 

 

moby

Moby, American musician
“I’ve been a vegan now for 27 years. As time has passed, my veganism has been reinforced by learning about health and climate change and the environment. I found that eating meat and dairy and eggs are to a very large extent responsible for people developing diabetes, heart disease and cancer. I found out that commercial animal production was responsible for 18 percent of climate change (more than every car, bus, truck, boat, and plane combined). I found out that producing a pound of soybeans requires 200 gallons of water but that producing a pound of beef requires 1,800 gallons of water. I found out that a leading cause of tropical deforestation is cutting down trees to create grazing land for livestock. And I found out that most of zoonotic diseases (SARS, mad cow disease, bird flu, etc.) are the result of animal agriculture. And as a clincher: I also found out that eating a high fat, animal product-based diet can be a leading cause of impotence (as if I didn’t need more reasons to be a vegan). So, the more I studied health and the environment, the more committed I became to being a vegan.”

 

 

 

bryan adams

Bryan Adams, Canadian rocker
“The concept that you are not ingesting rotting flesh sort of sums it up for me.”

 

 

benjamin zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah, UK Poet
“Our thinking about non-human animals is very confused, and people who have chosen to live a cruelty-free plant-based lifestyle are baffled as to why other people have not made the connection. Many of us live with companion animals such as dogs, cats, and rabbits. We share our homes with them, consider them members of the family and we grieve when they die. Yet we kill and eat other animals who, if you really think about it, are no different from the ones we love.”

 

 

 

You can see many more celebrities who are vegan here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_vegans

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