“Veganism” is trending. Despite the new uproar, this diet has created, it is very healthy! There are a few celebrities who have turned to a vegan diet because of various health and personal reasons. However, it does help the environment in one way or the other.
Let’s speak of the reasons why people decide to switch to a vegan diet. When we speak to people who have shifted to a vegan diet, we tend to find that these people have a lot in common for shifting to it. Nonetheless, there is some intrinsic motivation that has led them to do so. To generalize, the most common factor which has led them on this path is the deteriorating impact of climate change becoming evident and the need to take steps in order to overcome it. Industrialized animal farming accelerates the process of environmental degradation, thus, an incessant number of people have begun to question their food choices.
However, now let’s get on to looking into a list of personalities who are vegan/vegetarian and have a look into the reasons that they provide for changing their diet patterns.
- Leonardo Da Vinci
We have heard this name a lot of times because of his possession of flair for art. His contributions in various fields resonate across the world. It is wide in the open that this man was a vegetarian: one of those people who have been acknowledged by PETA. It has been said that he could not bear the thought of inflicting pain to the animals and that is what led him to live a life based on vegetables.
- Albert Einstein
The famous scientist known for his equation “E=mc2” was a vegetarian, too. He became a vegetarian towards the end of his life about when sickness took over him. One of the most famous quotes to support his stand is “…it almost seems to me that man was not born to be a carnivore”.
- Nikola Tesla
It is nobody but Mr. Tesla who created the alternating current for powering most devices that you are making use of in today’s world. Tesla gradually took to a vegetarian diet. He abandoned meat but continued with the consumption of fish. However, he moved away from that as well. He did drink milk, nonetheless, in order to provide his body with the required proteins.
- Thomas Edison
Thomas Alva Edison took to a vegetarian diet when his health began to deteriorate by leaps and bounds. His health recovered pretty soon and that is when he renounced meat in all its forms.
- Edward Witten
He is a physicist who is considered to be Einstein’s successor. They have a lot in common for example he works on the same physics problems as Einstein in the same Princeton University building as Einstein did and is also a vegetarian.
- Srinivasa Ramanujan
He was one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. He was marked for the love he held for math and his strict practice towards vegetarianism. He hailed as a Hindu and that was his motivation to be strict towards his diet as a vegetarian.
- Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton, the former president of the US, has taken to a vegan diet as well. For many, the reasons may vary from saving the environment and for looking good – however – he moved to this dietary pattern because he wanted to live long enough to become a grandfather.
H2 = P2+B2. Rings a bell? I am sure it does. Don’t be surprised to know that he led a meat-free life as well. One of his quotes justifies his abstention from eating meat. “Alas, what wickedness to swallow flesh into our own flesh, to fatten our greedy bodies by cramming in other bodies, to have one living creature fed by the death of another”.
- Mohandas Gandhi
The great revolutionary Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was a vegetarian as well. He abstained from consuming any sort of meat and was against the consumption of eggs and milk as well. However, due to suffering from a serious ailment he had to inculcate milk in his dietary patterns.
- Linda McCartney
The famous singer, songwriter and animal rights activist, Linda McCartney, was a vegan. She made sure that she did not view any of the animals as a commodity. One of her famous quotes “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, the whole world would be vegetarian.” marks for a great example of her veganism.
- Ellen DeGeneres
The Ellen Show’s host Ellen DeGeneres is a vegan. She took to the vegan diet along with her wife and what motivated her to do so was the documentary Earthlings. She became a vegan around the year 2009.
- Miley Cyrus
This famous American singer became a vegan back in the year 2014. She says that she decided to become vegan because she drove inspiration from her pet fish and pet pig and that is when she realized as to how smart these creatures are.
We have seen Sia present herself in the quirkiest of manners and that is what sets her apart from the crowd. However, this time she has decided to join the “vegan movement” with the crowd and has been a vegan ever since 2014.
- Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson had been a vegetarian ever since her early teens when she saw her father clean an animal which he had hunted down. Soon after, she took to becoming a vegan and has been the go-to vegan ever since.
- Peter Dinklage
This man never fails to surprise us. Being a part of the renowned television series, Game of Thrones, he has never eaten meat whenever a scene required him to do so. He is a vegetarian ever since he was born and has taken to veganism now.
- Evanna Lynch
Luna Lovegood, as we all know her, is as gentle as she has been shown in the famous Harry Potter series. She became a vegetarian when she was 11 given that she could not tolerate the abuse of an animal for a piece of meat. However, after reading “Eating Animals” she realized how she was still harming the animals and then eventually switched to veganism.
- Mark Twain
Mark Twain is amongst the most beloved writers across the world. It has been said that he was against the consumption of animal meat because their consent is never asked for. He was of the view that even if animals’ use as a commodity fetches the humans’ profit – he wouldn’t be a part of it.
- Mayim Bialik
Mayim Bialik is clearly a vegan and she cannot stress on it enough how torturous an animal farming factory could be. She has been vegan for long and intends to do so because of the repercussions of animal farming.
- Liam Hemsworth
Liam Hemsworth has admitted that he has become a vegan under the influence of Woody Harrelson. Ever since he gathered the information pertaining to the ill-treatment of the animals he decided to quit the meat. He has been vegan since 2015.
- Woody Harrelson
This Hunger Games co-star has been a vegan for over 10 years and he has never disappointed anyone of his fans when it comes to the decision he has made. He decided to go vegan because he is a firm believer in compassion.
- Casey Affleck
Cassey Affleck has been a vegan for more than 23 years. He gained his motivation to become a vegan when he observed how treacherous the meat world could be.
- Russell Simmons
The very well known Russell Simmons has decided to go vegan too! It started when he began practising yoga which led him to become compassionate towards the animals and, there, that’s when he took up the vegan diet.
- James Cameron
James Cameron – director of Titanic – who is also an environmental activist has put forward his argument pertaining to the topic. He believes that “…it becomes a moral choice and one that is having a huge impact on the planet…”
He came out in the open as a vegan back in the year 2013 when he used his award speech to ask everyone to switch to veganism.
- Aamir Khan
One of the greatest actors that the Bollywood industry has been blessed with, this man decided to go vegan back in the year 2015. His motivation to become a vegan was derived out of the fact that a non-vegan diet was leading his health towards deterioration.
- Mike Tyson
This American former professional boxer is a vegan too. He says that he had to overcome a lot of demons which were instilled in him in order to let go off the darker part of his journey. He, also, says that he is more than happy to have become a vegan. He transformed is diet back in the year 2009 and has continued on the same path. He went on a trial vegan diet for 60 days and felt he has never felt this way before and has been on the diet ever since.
Well, a person who could bite their opponent’s ear off has decided to switch to being vegan speaks volumes about the diet. It is not just a trend or a fad, but a movement which is being supported by celebrities, athletes, companies, and countries at large. While it has not become entirely mainstream yet, but it’s becoming more accepted day-by-day. And, the impacts are far-reaching and unquestionable.