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Famous Vegetarians Halifax Association of Vegetarians

There are many, many famous vegetarians. Here we are listing a few of them. Some are historical persons that chose to eat a vegetarian diet in the beginning of time, and some are people of our time. Some of them are quite outspoken about it too.

  • Albert Einstein - German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics - Einstein was vegetarian for the last four years of his life, though he appears to have supported the idea of vegetarianism for many years before practicing it himself. (Source)
  • George Bernard Shaw - Nobel price winner in Literature and Irish playwright, critic, polemicist and political activist - Shaw was strict vegetarian, anti-vivisectionist and opponent of cruel sports. (Source)
  • Al Gore - Politician and environmentalist - His decision to embrace veganism wasn't as much a surprise as it was long awaited. For years he spoke about the environmental destruction caused by factory farming. (Source)
  • Benjamin Franklin - American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States - Only 16 years of age, Franklin read a book that was recommending a vegetable diet, and decided to stop eating meat. (Source)
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement - Emerson was considered to be a vegetarian for much of his life. (Source)
  • Plutarch - Ancient Greek historian - Could be considered the first outspoken vegetarian, as he was considering that it is 'immoral' to eat animal flesh. (Source)
  • Pythagoras - Ionian Greek philosopher - Pythagoras is believed to have been vegetarian. (Source)
  • Plato - Greek philosopher - Plato is said to have been a vegetarian. (Source)
  • Socrates - Greek philosopher - Socrates maintained that the ideal city was a vegetarian city, his argument being that meat was a luxury driving decadence and war. (Source)
  • Buddha - An ascetic and sage, on whose teachings Buddhism was founded - Buddha is believed to have followed a vegetarian diet. Many Buddhists are vegetarian. (Source)
  • Alicia Silverstone - American actress - Alicia is a well-known vegan and activist for the plant-based lifestyle. With two guidebooks published, and a flourishing website dedicated to health and sustainable living and full of information and resources, she is a strong presence in the world of eco-friendly voices. (Source)
  • Shania Twain - Canadian singer-songwriter - Twain's decision to become vegetarian was shaped by the experience of friends who had cancer. (Source)
  • Ellen DeGeneres - American comedian, television host, actress, writer, producer and LGBT activist - Ellen and her wife went vegan in 2008. (Source)
  • Natalie Portman - Actress, film producer and director - Natalie was a vegetarian since age nine, and went vegan after reading Jonathan Safran Foer's book 'Eating Animals'. (Source)
  • Christina Appelgate - American actress and dancer - Christina became a vegetarian on the set of Married With Children after being served a bloody piece of meat. She appeared in an anti-fur ad for PETA in 2007. (Source)
  • Mike Tyson - Former heavyweight boxing champion - Tyson is vegan, a regimen he credits with helping him lose 140 pounds and getting him in fighting trim. (Source)
  • Carl Lewis - Olympic sprinter - "I've found that a person does not need protein from meat to be a successful athlete. In fact, my best year of track competition was the first year I ate a vegan diet. Moreover, by continuing to eat a vegan diet, my weight is under control, I like the way I look. [...] I enjoy eating more, and I feel great." (Source)
  • Patrik Baboumian - Strongest Man of Germany  - “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.” (Source)
  • Paul McCartney - English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer - Paul McCartney has been vegetarian since 1975. He delivers a powerful narration of the video Glass Walls. (Source)
  • Chris Hemsworth - Australian actor - Went vegan during filming of The Avengers. (Source)
  • Joaquin Phoenix - American actor, producer, and activist - Phoenix went vegan at the age of 3, and is a longtime vegan activist. 'We said to our parents, “Why didn’t you tell us?” It’s amazing. I remember my mom’s face, I remember her crying. She didn’t know how to answer. It became very obvious we weren’t going to eat meat anymore.' (Source)
  • Casey Affleck - American actor and director - Casey took aim at the meat industry in a PETA public service announcement by exposing its abuse of animals. (Source)
  • John Denver - American singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, activist, and humanitarian - "Many things made me become a vegetarian, among them the higher food yield as a solution to world hunger." (Source)
  • Leonardo Da Vinci - Italian polymath - Leonardo is believed to have been vegetarian. (Source)
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Philosopher, writer, and composer, who strongly influenced the theories of the French Revolution and the romantics - Rousseau writes in Emile, his treatise on education: "The indifference of children towards meat is one proof that the taste for meat is unnatural; their preference is for vegetable foods, such as milk, pastry, fruit, etc. Beware of changing this natural taste and making children flesh-eaters, if not for their health's sake, for the sake of their character." (Source)
  • Henry David Thoreau - American essayist, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian - Thoreau was a 'polite vegetarian'. (Source)
  • Leo Tolstoy - Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time - Leo was a vocal proponent of vegetarianism. (Source)
  • Lord Byron - Nobleman, poet, peer, politician and leading figure in the Romantic movement - Lord Byron was vegetarian for most of his life. (Source)
  • Mahatma Gandhi - Indian activist who was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule - Ghandi believed in being the change he wished to see in the world, and one such benevolent change was his vow to never consume meat, milk or milk products. (Source)
  • Albert Schweitzer - Alsatian theologian, organist, writer, humanitarian, philosopher, and physician - Schweitzer expressed support for vegetarianism, and is believed to have become vegetarian the last few years of his life. (Source)
  • George Bernard Shaw - Nobel price winner in Literature and Irish playwright, critic, polemicist and political activist - Shaw was strict vegetarian, anti-vivisectionist and opponent of cruel sports. (Source)

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