FAMOUS VEGETARIANS

 

Last Updated December 2013

 

There are many, many famous vegetarians and vegans. They're vegetarian for lots of reasons - health, beauty, animal welfare, religion, environment.  Here are a few divided into film & TV stars; fashion stars; pop stars and great minds.  

 

 

Film and TV Stars

 

 

Alan Cumming, Scottish

 

Anne Hathaway  

 

 

Brigitte Bardot 

 

Carmen Miranda

 

Claudia Cardinale

 

Clint Eastwood

 

Daryl Hannah (vegan)

 

Doris Day

 

 

Dustin Hoffman 

 

Elijah Wood (vegan)

 

Gloria Swanson

 

Joanna Lumley

 

Joaquin Phoenix (vegan)

 

John Cleese

 

John Gordon Sinclair, Scottish

 

Julie Christie

 

Kate Winslett

 

Kim Basinger

 

Liv Tyler

 

Martin Shaw 

 

Michael Clarke Duncan

 

Natalie Portman (vegan)

 

 

Orlando Bloom

 

Pamela Anderson

 

Peter Sellers 

 

Pierce Brosnan

 

Richard Gere

 

River Phoenix (vegan)

 

Robert Redford

 

Russell Brand

 

Samuel L Jackson

 

Spike Milligan 

 

Terence Stamp

 

Woody Harrelson (Vegan)

 

 

FASHION

 

Amber Valetta

 

Caprice

 

Christie Brinkley

 

Christy Turlington

 

Claudia Schiffer

 

Jodie Marsh

 

Lily Cole VEGAN

 

Melinda Messenger

 

Nadja Auermann

 

Ru Paul, drag artist

 

Stella McCartney, designer

 

 

 

POP STARS AND MUSICIANS

 

Adam Ant 

 

Alanis Morissette (vegan)

 

B52s

 

Barry White (vegan)

 

The Beatles:

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr

George Harrison and wife Barbara Bach

 

 

Bob Dylan

 

Bobby Gillespie, lead singer and founder Primal Scream. Scottish.

 

Boy George

 

Brian May of Queen

 

Bryan Adams (vegan)

 

Charlie Watts, Rolling Stones

 

Chrissie Hynde (vegan)

 

 

 

Dizzie Gillespie

 

Emilie Autumn (vegan)

 

Gladys Knight

 

Jim Kerr, Simple Minds. Scottish

 

Joss Stone vegan

 

Johnny Marr, guitarist of The Smiths

 

Kate Bush

 

KD Lang (vegan) 

 

Moby (vegan)

 

Morrissey, singer, also The Smiths

 

Ne-Yo vegan

 

Pink

 

Prince - Vegan 

 

Dame Shirley Bassey

 

 

GREAT MINDS

 

There have been many vegetarian great minds since 2,500 years ago to the present day.  Wits, geniuses, leaders, writers, pioneers. There is a common thread that runs through them all - they were great philanthropists, exploding the myth that vegetarians only care for animals to the detriment of humans.  Here are a select few of the most famous and entertaining.

 

Louisa May Alcott

Author of Little Women. USA. 1832-1888

 

Clara Barton

Founded American Red Cross. USA 1821-1912

 

William Blake

Visionary artist. Mystic. Poet. England. 1757-1827

"All wholesome food is caught without a net or a trap."

 

General William Booth

Founded the Salvation Army. England. 1829-1912

 

Charlotte Bronte

Author of Jane Eyre. England. 1816-1855

 

Buddha

Spiritual teacher. India.  Around 563-463 BC

"To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana."

 

"All beings tremble before violence. All fear death, all love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?"

 

Lord Byron

The Poet who was "Mad, bad and dangerous to know". Wrote Don Juan.  Scotland & England. 1788-1824

 

Charles Darwin

Naturalist. Wrote the explosive Origin of Species saying humans are descended from apes.  England. 1809-1882

"The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man."

 

"There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher animals in their mental faculties. The lower animals, like man, manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery."

 

Leonardo Da Vinci

Artist of the 'Mona Lisa' and 'The Last Supper'.  Multi-talented - the original Rennaissance Man.  Italy.

1452-1519

"I have since an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men."

 

"Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places!"

 

Thomas Edison

Inventor of the light bulb and phonograph. USA. 1847-1931

"Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages."

 

Albert Einstein

Genius, physicist and mathematician. Invented the Theory of Relativity expressed by the equation E=mc2. Germany. 1879-1955

"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."

 

"Vegetarian food leaves a deep impression on our nature. If the whole world adopts vegetarianism, it can change the destiny of humankind."

 

Henry Ford

Founder of the Ford Motor Company. Revolutionised transportation and industry. USA. 1863-1947

 

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Benjamin Franklin

One of the founding fathers of USA.  Scientist. Author. Inventor. 1706-1790

"My refusing to eat flesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chided for my singularity, but, with this lighter repast, I made the greater progress, for greater clearness of head and quicker comprehension. Flesh eating is unprovoked murder."

 

"Truly man is the king of beasts, for flesh eating is unprovoked murder."

 

Gandhi

Indian Independence leader. Philosopher. Spiritual guru.  1869–1948

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

 

"To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body."

 

Dr James Graham, Scottish (1745–1794) - was a pioneer in sex therapy with a genius for spectacle, best known for his electro-magnetic musical Grand State Celestial Bed. He was very enlightened and had progressive views on war, slavery, women’s education, farming, religious tolerance and - of course - a vegetarian diet.

 

Sir Isaac Newton

One of the most influential men in history. Discovered gravity. Scientist. Astronomer. Mathematician. England. 1643-1727

 

Sylvia Pankhurst

Notable Sufragette Campaigner.  England. 1882-1960

 

Plato

Laid the foundations of Western philosophy.  Greece.  428-348 BC

 

Pythagoras

Mathematician. Greece. Around 580-500 BC

"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! For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap the joy of love."

 

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Writer and political philosophers.  Inspired many from Gandhi to Mary Shelley.  France. 1712-1778

"The animals you eat are not those who devour others; you do not eat the carnivorous beasts, you take them as your pattern. You only hunger after sweet and gentle creatures who harm no-one, which follow you, serve you, and are devoured by you as the reward of their service"

 

George Bernard Shaw

Wit.  Writer of Pygmalion later made into the film My Fair Lady. Ireland.  1856-1950

 "When a man of normal habits is ill, everyone hastens to assure him that he is going to recover. When a vegetarian is ill, (which fortunately very seldom happens), everyone assures him that he is going to die, and that they told him so, and that it serves him right. They implore him to take at least a little gravy, so as to give himself a chance of lasting out the night."

 

"While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth? Animals are my friends...and I don't eat my friends."

 

Mary Shelley

Wrote Frankenstein when she was 19.  England.  1797-1851

 

Percy Shelley

One of the major Romantic Poets. England. 1792-1822

"If the use of animal food be, in consequence, subversive to the peace of human society, how unwarrantable is the injustice and the barbarity which is exercised toward these miserable victims. They are called into existence by human artifice that they may drag out a short and miserable existence of slavery and disease, that their bodies may be mutilated, their social feelings outraged. It were much better that a sentient being should never have existed, than that it should have existed only to endure unmitigated misery."

 

"It is only by softening and disguising dead flesh by culinary preparation, that it is rendered susceptible of mastication or digestion; and that the sight of its bloody juices and raw horror does not excite intolerable loathing and disgust."

  

Robert Louis Stevenson

Writer of Treasure Island, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Scotland. 1850-1894

“Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism, yet we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians, for we feed on babies, though not our own.”

 

"We consume the carcasses of creatures of like appetites, passions and organs with our own, and fill the slaughterhouses daily with screams of pain and fear."

 

Henry David Thoreau

Writer and Philosopher.  His essay 'Civil Disobedience' inspired Gandhi's and Martin Luther King's successful freedom campaigns. USA. 1817-1862

"One farmer says to me, "You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make the bones with," and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying himself with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle."

 

Leo Tolstoy

Author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina.  Philosopher.  Russia.  1828-1910

"As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields."

"Thou shalt not kill" does not apply to murder of one's own kind only, but to all living beings; and this Commandment was inscribed in the human breast long before it was proclaimed from Sinai."

 

Mark Twain

Wit.  Author of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer.  USA. 1835-1910

"It's just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions."

 

H G  Wells

British author of War of the Worlds.  The father of modern science fiction.  England. 1866-1946

 

William Wordsworth

Romantic Poet of "A host of golden daffodils" amongst others. England. 1770-1850

 

 

OTHERS

 

There are of course vegetarians in many other walks of life. Sportspeople, dance, civilisations, religious groups, environmentalists etc.

 

 

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