It’s always such a pleasant surprise when you read the news one day, and instead of just seeing the daily dribble of bad news, you find out that one of your favourite pop-stars, or movie idols, went vegan!
With famous people going vegan you get a whole array of different types of vegans. Here is a list of a few of them and what they say about veganism.
Moby (Richard Melville Hall)
One of them is Moby, also known as Richard Melville Hall, a multi-platinum selling musician and the author of the book Gristle. Gristle is a book simply talking about the facts and ramifications of factory farming.
Moby is very different to many other vegans, because he is what may be referred to as the “apologetic vegan.” He said in an interview “I had a long period of being very annoying, but it didn’t really help. I try as hard as possible to be a nondidactic, almost apologetic vegan.” He does not even want to refer to his book on factory farming to be a vegan book, to help reach more crowds of meat-eaters who might otherwise be turned off by in-your-face attitudes by many vegans.
He feels as if his approach works well, because of his non-combative approach. Many people enjoy this approach, and helps them to ease into veganism, or live with minor slip ups, without constant judging by others.
Other vegans, such as Gary Yourofski, is the complete opposite. Gary’s extremely combative and controversial approach to vegan activism has put him in the limelight. He has said things like people who wear fur should be viciously raped. However, not all that he has said has been bad, and he alone has been accredited with turning 8% of the Israeli population vegan with just one YouTube video.
He said that the reason he went vegan is because “No human influenced me to become vegan. The screaming, terrified, enslaved animals were the only influence needed.”
TV show host and comedian Ellen Degeneres and her wife Portia De Rossi are highly famous, and did great work with helping members of the LGBT community feel at ease. She went vegan back in 2009, and was held up as a great role model by PETA, or the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Ellen stated why she went vegan on her website:
“I personally chose to go vegan because I educated myself on factory farming and cruelty to animals, and I suddenly realized that what was on my plate were living things, with feelings. And I just couldn’t disconnect myself from it any longer.”
FullyRawKristina, otherwise known as Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram, is a popular vegan youtuber with over one million followers on Instagram. She promotes a fully raw vegan diet, and a whole foods diet to her millions of followers. She has been vegan for 12 years ago, and has been an inspiration to many.
Many others like Beyonce, Ruby Rose, and YouTuber FunnyRawKristina have taken the pledge against animal cruelty. While some may be short lived, like the famous YouTubers The Hodgetwins, who went almost vegan for a few weeks before reverting back to eating meat, many stay vegan lifelong.
Famous people going vegan is a great thing, as they can show their millions of fans that a plant-based lifestyle is doable, and isn’t nearly as fringe as otherwise believed. As more famous people go vegan, more fans will take up the lifestyle, saving potentially millions of animals.