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Page is a longtime vegan who's outspoken about her reasons for the lifestyle, the main one being her core belief in social justice.
Vegetarian since age 16.

"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 vegetarian."
What made you vegan?
I was 3-years-old - to this day it is a vivid memory. My family and I were on a boat, catching fish. As one fish was caught, he was writhing, then he was thrown against the side of the boat. You couldn't disguise what it was. This was what we did to animals to eat them. The animal went from a living, vibrant creature fighting for life to a violent death. I recognised it, as did my brothers and sisters.
Trivia: He was called ''Leaf Kid''
"I still have plenty of vices, but alcohol isn't one of them," he says. "It's probably just down to sleep and diet. If you travel long haul a lot or don't sleep much, it's not going to last very long, that's for sure. I'm pretty healthy so I think that helps a lot. I've been that way for a long time — 20 solid years of eating vegetarian/vegan and taking care of myself. That probably helps the preservation process."
She said eating meat was difficult when she was touring because meat-based meals were too heavy late at night after a show. So she started becoming vegetarian and liked it.

She's been vegan since the 1980s: “Twenty years ago I thought: What's the difference between eating a bloody steak and killing my dog, slitting him open and roasting him?"
Portman, who is an advocate for animal rights, has been a vegetarian since childhood. She became a vegan in 2009 after reading Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals.She does not eat animal products or wear fur, feathers, or leather. "All of my shoes are from Target and Stella McCartney," she has said. In 2007, she launched her own brand of vegan footwear.[During her pregnancy in 2011, Portman went off her vegan diet and returned to vegetarianism.
"A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security."

“It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.”

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

"If people are good only because they fear punishment, then we are a sorry lot indeed"

"I have always eaten animal flesh with a somewhat guilty conscience."
"When John Coltrane came to me, he looked different from his contemporaries: so clean, well-mannered and humble. About six months earlier he had apparently given up drugs and drink, become a vegetarian and taken to reading Ramakrishna's book's." - Ravi Shankar, Raga Mala

Influenced by Sun Ra to change his lifestyle, including vegetarianism, and started listening to Ravi Shankar records.

"His work 'A Love Supreme' was a testament to the power, glory, love and greatness of God. Coltrane felt we must all make a conscious effort to effect positive change in the world, and that his music was an instrument to create positive thought patterns in the minds of people." - excerpt from johncoltrane.com

I just could not stand the idea of eating meat - I really do think that it has made me calmer.... People's general awareness is getting much better, even down to buying a pint of milk: the fact that the calves are actually killed so that the milk doesn't go to them but to us cannot really be right, and if you have seen a cow in a state of extreme distress because it cannot understand why its calf isn't by, it can make you think a lot.
“In the afternoon, at the table, the three of us would eat with the appetite of famished wolves; not he, he would not eat meat, only a little morsel on Sundays, and then only after being urged by our landlady for a long time. Four potatoes with a suspicion of gravy and a mouthful of vegetables constituted his whole dinner. To our insistence that he make a hearty dinner and eat meat, he would answer, To a human being physical life ought to be a paltry detail; vegetable food is sufficient, all the rest is luxury.”
"Vegan food is soul food in its truest form."

Erykah Badu, and then-boyfriend Common, participated in the documentary 'Holistic Wellness for the Hip-Hop Generation', which explained the dangers associated with low-quality food consumption. SupaNova Slom (known as 'The Hip-Hop Medicine Man'), the film's producer, is almost like royalty among black vegans, considering his mother is none other than holistic healer Queen Afua. -

"The lifestyle that vegetarians lead automatically draws people's attention to the vitality of the person. My vitality speaks for itself."

Being clear enough to know you want freedom from toxins & poisons is a sense of freedom in itself.
"I take vitamins daily, but just the bare essentials not what you’d call supplements. I try to stick to a vegan diet heavy on fruit, vegetables, tofu, and other soy products."
Talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres has been vegan since 2008. She launched her new website in 2011 to help people who want to stop eating meat and animal products: Going Vegan with Ellen. Last year, DeGeneres was interviewed by Katie Couric about becoming vegan: "I used to love cheeseburgers and steak, I just did what most people do, I had a disconnect. I decided it's more important to taste a cheeseburger and have a steak or have a turkey sandwich and it's easier and I put it out of my mind ... I read Skinny Bitch first and then I forced myself to watch a documentary called 'Earthlings' and it is inside footage of factory farms and dairy farms and you just see that and you go, "I can't participate in that, I can't be a part of something that is suffering and it's 50 billion animals a year that are killed," and I think we all fool ourselves that there is some happy cow and it's a quick death ... and it's a very disturbing reality ... I do it because I love animals and I saw the reality and I just couldn't do it anymore."
“Now at least I can look at you in peace. I don’t eat you anymore. That was the time that [Kafka] became a strict vegetarian,” Kafka said to Brod after seeing a fish swimming in an aquarium at the the Berlin Zoo.
Behind that simple statement lies a difficult ethical question, that when we consume animal products, we in fact disavow a part of our nature. In fish, we can still recognize parts of ourselves — spines, pain receptors, endorphins (which relieve pain) and all of the familiar pain responses — and by eating them, we therefore deny important parts of our humanity, Safran says, paraphrasing Kafka.
He switched to the vegan diet in 90’s.

According to CBS News, Prince included the following Mohandas Gandhi quote in his 1999 album Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic: "2 my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being." Gandhi, as you might guess, did not use the numeral "2" in his original quote — that was certainly a specialty of Prince's.

In an interview with The Vegetarian Times in 1997, Prince shared that he hadn't had red meat in about a decade, but that lately he'd been making even bigger changes. "I've always had a preference for all things vegetarian," he said. "But not until recently did I find out how good they were for you (in a physical sense). We don't eat anything with parents. Complete vegans — both of us!"
"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."

"Men think it's right to eat animals, because they are led to believe that God sanctions it. This is untrue. No matter in what books it may be written that it is not sinful to slay animals and to eat them, it is more clearly written in the heart of man than in any books that animals are to be pitied and should not be slain any more than human beings. We all know this if we do not choke the voice of our conscience." – Leo Tolstoy, The Pathway of Life: Teaching Love and Wisdom
“People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times.”

"I can never accept inconsistency or injustice. Even if it comes from God. If there would come a voice from God saying, "I'm against vegetarianism!" I would say, "Well, I am for it!" This is how strongly I feel in this regard." - Isaac Bashevis Singer, from the Preface to Food for the Spirit: Vegetarianism and the World Religions
"The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity."

“Animals are my friends...and I don't eat my friends.”
After traveling to India he became a vegetarian.

“The human spirit is not dead. It lives on in secret.....It has come to believe that compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.”

“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”
[on factory farms] "Never feeling the sun on their backs or the grass beneath their feet, unable to spread a wing or stretch a leg … animals suffer on factory farms."
The actress has been vegan for over five years, and explains the choice this way: “Every time we sit down to eat, we have a choice. By choosing more meat-free meals, we’re saying ‘yes’ to better health, ‘yes’ to a better environment, and ‘yes’ to better treatment of animals. Being vegan has been so good for me. I’ve never felt better ... I was a meat eater for a long time, and I would have made different choices in my diet if I had known the facts about factory farming. I now feel it’s my moral obligation, and I’m very passionate about educating people on making better, more humane choices when it comes to the food we eat.”
Sue Coe is an artist who grew up living next to a slaughterhouse. She was deeply impacted by this and, as a result, dedicated herself to fighting animal cruelty. She goes all over the world visiting factory farms, slaughterhouses, meat-packing plants, circuses, labs etc. Often times, she will sketch right on location which would explain the chillingly real depictions. Her work is highly political and highly controversial. In addition to animal cruelty, she fights other injustices as well, but the majority of her work seems to be focused on the animals.

I think animals need all the help they can get, because they have none. They have no rights. They have no protection. And so I think animals need help. And I think animals look to humans for protection, and of course humans lead them into slaughterhouses, which to me is just like an image of leading children into a slaughterhouse. There’s no difference. That level of trust and… But it’s a very cruel world.

Has been vegetarian since the age of eleven. His mother was also.

“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.”
In an interview with PETA, he claimed his change was due to "touring and its variety of edible crap," and also he felt it was "instinctive somewhat." Furthermore, he also feels the need for respect towards 'mother earth'. In July 2009, Tankian signed a PETA petition against the slaughtering methods of chickens in KFC slaughterhouses.
“I have from 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.”
Brand, has been vegetarian since he was 14 years old, he's said, "You shouldn't eat animals, it's mean to them," PETA wrote. According to the Daily Mail he said: "Even as a junkie I stayed true to vegetarianism." He added, "I shall have heroin, but I shan't have a hamburger." According to the report, Brand's ex-wife, singer Katy Perry, gave up eating meat to keep him happy.
"Of all the creatures, man is the most detestable. Of the entire brood, he's the one that possesses malice. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain. The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot."
"My best performances were when I was 30 years old, and I was a vegan."
-Carl Lewis, retired American track and field olympic athlete
“ I had an early run in the woods before the dew was off the grass. The moss was like velvet, and as I ran under the arches of yellow and red leaves I sang for joy, my heart was so bright and the world so beautiful. ... A very strange and solemn feeling came over me as I stood there, with no sound but the rustle of the pines, no one near me, and the sun so glorious as for me alone. It seemed as if I felt God as I never did before, and I prayed in my heart that I might keep that happy sense of nearness all my life.” -Louisa May Alcott, age 12

Daughter of A. Bronson Alcott, who lived his Transcendentalist philosophy most simply and completely in his love of Nature and its by-products. Son of a farmer and a dedicated vegetarian from a young age, Mr. Alcott knew that the ideals of a virtuous life were often exhibited in, and derived from, the natural world, providing a perfect complement to his spiritual ideals.
His The End of Everything album included an essay about veganism ("Could you look an animal in the eyes and say to it, 'My appetite is more important than your suffering'?)"

"Intellectually, human beings and animals may be different, but it's pretty obvious that animals have a rich emotional life and that they feel joy and pain. It's easy to forget the connection between a hamburger and the cow it came from. But I forced myself to acknowledge the fact that every time I ate a hamburger, a cow had ceased to breathe"
"The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man."
"It is certainly preferable to raise vegetables, and I think, therefore, that vegetarianism is a commendable departure from the established barbarous habit. That we can subsist on plant food and perform our work even to advantage is not a theory, but a well-demonstrated fact. Many races living almost exclusively on vegetables are of superior physique and strength. There is no doubt that some plant food, such as oatmeal, is more economical than meat, and superior to it in regard to both mechanical and mental performance. Such food, moreover, taxes our digestive organs decidedly less, and, in making us more contented and sociable, produces an amount of good difficult to estimate. In view of these facts every effort should be made to stop the wanton and cruel slaughter of animals, which must be destructive to our morals. "
Former U.S. president Bill Clinton has opted for a vegan diet to improve his health since having quadruple bypass surgery in 2004 and stent surgery in 2010, according USA Today. Clinton does not eat beef, chicken or dairy. A big move for someone known for their love of burgers and junk food. USA Today reported Clinton said he lost 24 pounds last year in time for his daughter Chelsea's wedding.
"To any thinking person, it must be obvious that there is something badly wrong in relations between human beings and the animals that human beings rely on for food; and that in the past 100 or 150 years whatever is wrong has become wrong on a huge scale, as traditional animal husbandry has been turned into an industry using industrial methods of production. [...] It would be a mistake to idealise traditional animal husbandry as the standard by which the animal-products industry falls short: traditional animal husbandry is brutal enough, just on a smaller scale. A better standard by which to judge both practices would be the simple standard of humanity: is this truly the best that human beings are capable of? "
J.M. Coetzee, Animals can't speak for themselves - it's up to us to do it
Has been a vegan for 20 years! "Saying no to meat makes me feel stronger inside; I feel aligned with my morals and ethics," she told Ladies Home Journal. "I still have to defend myself because people don’t understand it."
Jobs became a vegetarian in his freshman year at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He would at times eat only fruit, and considered himself a fruitarian. He was a lifelong strict vegan (no animal foods), except for occasional lapses. Jobs often became very upset when his meals were not prepared to his specifications. When a waiter at a restaurant served him a sauce with sour cream, Jobs got nasty.(185). He was observed to “spit out a mouthful of soup one day after he learned that it contained butter.”

It's said that he lived more than 30 years with cancer of the pancreas thanks to his vegan diet.
Became a vegetarian in 1992, after reading the book Diet for a New America.

“I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came in contact with the more civilized.”
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