This famous couple has defined a generation of music, winning 21 Grammy Awards and being named by Rolling Stone as two of the 100 greatest artists of their time. In January, 2019, both Beyoncé (b. 1981) and husband JAY-Z (b. 1969) challenged their huge, international fan-base to adopt a vegan diet in to “take care of yourself, your family, and the environment.
“Once we looked at health as the truth, instead of a diet, it became a mission for us to share the truth and lifestyle with as many people as possible.”
Virat Kohli (b. 1988) is an international cricketer and captain of the Indian cricket team. Time Magazine included Virat Kohli in 100 most influential people in the world list. ESPN announced him as one of the Top 10 famous athletes in the world. Besides an enormously successful cricket career, Kohli runs the Virat Kohli Foundation (VKF) that raises funds for education and health of underprivileged children in India. In 2018, Virat Kohli turned vegan and says, “I am now feeling stronger than before.”
Dame Jane Goodall
Dame Jane Goodall (b. 1934) is a world-renowned primatologist, anthropologist and humanitarian, best known for her pioneering research on wild chimpanzees. As a vegetarian and animal rights activist, she travels the world speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, environmental crisis and her reasons for hope. Through The Jane Goodall Institute, she encourages people to reduce their meat consumption as she makes them aware of the negative impact food choices have on the environment, other humans and animals.
“Until we have peace and harmony with the environment, we will never live in a world of peace.”
Patrick Baboumian (b. 1979) was born in Iran but now lives and trains in Germany. He is considered the strongest man in the world and “a plant-based beast.” Citing compassion as the driving force behind his choice, Patrick Baboumian was happy to find that a vegan diet actually benefitted his athleticism. Since becoming vegan, he has inspired athletes all over the world to examine what they eat and to adopt a plant-based diet for health, performance, and compassion.
“Almost two years after becoming vegan I am stronger than ever before and I am still improving day by day. . . Go vegan and feel the power!”
Erykah Badu, musical artist (b. 1971) “Vegan food is soul food in its truest form. Soul food means to feed the soul. And to me, your soul is your intent. And if your intent is pure, you are pure.”
Jeremy Bentham, English philosopher and social reformer (1748-1832) Regarding animals: “The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor ‘Can they talk?’ but ‘Can they suffer?’”
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was an Irish playwright, philosopher, Nobel Prize winner, and activist for the vegetarian lifestyle.
“A mind of the caliber of mine cannot derive its nutriment from cows.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley, poet (1792-1822) “There is no disease, bodily or mental, which adoption of vegetable diet, and pure water has not infallibly mitigated, wherever the experiment has been fairly tried.”
Frederick Carlton Lewis (b. 1961), best known as Carl Lewis, is a former track and field athlete that won the United Sates nine Olympic gold medals, one Olympic silver medal and ten world championships. At the peak of his career, Lewis topped the world rankings in the 100 m, 200 m and long jump category. For his accomplishments, he has at some point in his career been voted World Athlete of the Century, Sportsman of the Century, Olympian of the Century and Athlete of the Year by various respected organizations. Lewis has often credited veganism for his outstanding career and athletic performance.
“My best performance as an athlete was when I was 30 years old, and was a vegan.”
Pino Caruso, Italian actor (b. 1934) “People eat meat and think they will become strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass.”
Cesar Chavaz, civil rights activist (1927-1993) “We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.”
Miley Cyrus (b. 1992), a child star, actress, and teen idol, gained popularity from her Disney hit show, Hannah Montana. Over the years, has become a world-renowned singer in her own right and has been listed on the Time 100 list of the most influential people multiple times. Miley Cyrus has been a singing coach on The Voice and is an animal rights activist, having become vegan in 2014. She actively supports thirty-nine well known charities ranging from Make a Wish Foundation to Habitat for Humanity.
Be the voice of those who can’t say ‘stop’, who can’t say, ‘that hurts,’ who can’t say, ‘I’m so afraid to die.’ Be the voice of the animals!”
Leonardo da Vinci, scientist, artist (1452-1519) As a painter, sculptor, architect, inventor, military engineer and draftsman, Leonardo da Vinci was the epitome of a “Renaissance man.” He was a leading artist and intellectual of the Italian Renaissance and is known for his enduring work.
“My body will not be a tomb for other creatures.”
Peter Dinklage (b. 1969) is a famous American actor and producer that has starred in many blockbuster movie series such as The Chronicles of Narnia, Avengers and X-Men. He has received immense praise for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones for which he has won a Golden Globe and three Emmys. An animal rights advocate and long-time vegetarian, Dinklage has supported organizations such as Walk for Farm Animals and PETA.
“I like animals, all animals. I wouldn’t hurt a cat or a dog or a chicken or a cow. And I wouldn’t ask someone else to hurt them for me. That’s why I’m a vegan.”
Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) was an American inventor and entrepreneur who is credited to have changed modern life by inventing a host of products such as the light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture camera.
“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, theoretical physicist (1879-1955) “Vegetarian food leaves a deep impression on our nature. If the whole world adopts vegetarianism, it can change the destiny of humankind.”
Ariana Grande, American singer and actress (b. 1993) “I am a firm believer in eating a full plant-based, whole food diet that can expand your life length and make you an all-round happier person.”
Evanna Lynch (b. 1991) This famous Irish actress is best known for her role as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter franchise. She became an Ambassador for Veganuary in 2015 and in 2018 launched her own vegan podcast called “The Chick Peeps.”
“I think the root of this whole lifestyle is Compassion. It’s a daily reminder that we are all one. I believe veganism is what will heal this planet.”
Sir Paul McCartney (b. 1942) is an English musician, singer-songwriter, composer, and vegetarian activist. He was a member of the rock band, the Beatles. Paul co-founded the Meat Free Monday organization with his daughters, Stella and Mary.
“If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That’s the single most important thing you could do. It’s staggering when you think about it. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.”
Martina Navratilova, athlete (b. 1956) “My ideal is to be able to avoid all animal products, in food as well as clothing.”
Natalie Portman (b. 1981) is an actress, film producer, director, and animal rights activist. As an actress, she received an Oscar and two Golden Globe awards, and her influence on raising awareness for the vegan diet has affected many in a profound way: In 2017 she—along with 70 rabbis worldwide—signed a declaration that encouraged Jews to go vegan as “an expression of our shared Jewish values of compassion for animals, protection of the environment, and concern for our physical and spiritual well-being.” A film about the impact of factory farming on the environment, called Eating Animals, was produced and narrated by Natalie Portman and released in June, 2018.
“Three times a day, I remind myself that I value life . . . That is why I eat the way I do.”
Pythagoras (570 BCE – 495 BCE) was a philosopher and mathematician that is most famous for his Pythagorean theorem (a2 = b2 + c2). His philosophical ideas influenced those of Plato & Aristotle. Believing that all beings had souls, Pythagoras’ vegetarianism was founded on ethical and religious practice.
“As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know health or peace.”
Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was a Serbian-American engineer, inventor, and futurist who is best known for advancing the field of electricity and magnetism.
“That we can subsist on plant food and perform our work even to advantage is not a theory, but a well-documented fact. Many races living almost exclusively on vegetables are of superior physique and strength.”
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was a Russian philosopher and writer who is often regarded as one of the greatest writers of the 20th C. He is most well-known for his realist novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Interestingly, Mahatma Gandhi was greatly influenced by Tolstoy when in his youth; while living in South Africa, Gandhi founded a community that he named “Tolstoy Farm.”
“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”
Serena Williams (b. 1981) plays professional tennis and has been ranked No. 1 in the world eight times so far (2002-2017). She has won the most grand-slam titles ever. For health reasons, both Serena and her sister, Venus, eat a raw vegan diet. Serena has also launched a vegan clothing line “to empower women.”
“My fridge is really just vegan: coconut water, Gatorade (my favorite!), cucumbers, mint, kale, vegetables, ginger, and wheat grass.”
Alice Walker is a highly acclaimed novelist, essayist, and poet. She is best known for her 1982 novel, The Color Purple, which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. “As we talked of freedom and justice one day for all, we sat down to steaks. I am eating misery, I thought, as I took the first bite. And spit it out.”