Thoughts About Vegetarianism III
Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein (guitarist of the Misfits)
"I often say the vegans are the hunters because on the road… We have to search for vegan restaurants and vegan foods…"
"The 'distraction' or delay in implementing global agreements on the environment shows that politics has become submissive to a technology and economy which seek profit above all else. (...) The ease with which well-founded scientific opinion about the state of our planet is disregarded."
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
"It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that appropriately planned vegetarian, including vegan, diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of certain diseases."
Lily Arias, owner of Dallas-based Mexican vegan restaurant El Palote
"We love you as clients, but we want to take care of you. And... [non-vegan] food is not good for your health."
Croatian fitness coach Mislav Skrepnik and plant-based diet nutritionist Ivana Rukavina
"Since we raised awareness of the suffering that goes into an ordinary meal, the question of responsibility and desire for change has been pointed out. Fortunately, today's way of life offers us an abundance of resources to meet our physiological needs, and, besides, we are a living example of how a vegan lifestyle can make us stronger and build muscles."
"For me, living fully awake means embracing all species with the same level of respect and kindness. Being a joyful vegan doesn't take willpower – just a willingness to try new things and choose mercy over misery."
Jason 'Dizzy' Gillespie, the vegan coach of Yorkshire County Cricket Club
"We treat animals like s**t, we really do. And in my opinion there's no justification for that. These slaughterhouses, dairies and piggeries, zoos. It's cruel and it's speciesism at its very worst and I don't want to be part of it. Hopefully one day the dairy industry can be shut down. I think it's disgusting and wrong on so many levels. Slaughterhouses too. There are a lot of things we say in this world that are bulls**t. 'Humane slaughter.' Nobody's been able to explain that to me. How is killing humane?"
"I'm a vegan for life. I love animals and I can't in any way condone or be a part of anything that contributes to animal suffering."
"I'm passionate about animals and their lives and freedom... and the fact that animals do not belong to us. We have no right to treat animals the way we do."
"I'd eat dirt before an animal."
Professional race car driver Leilani Münter
"But cutting down on fossil fuel emissions alone is not enough to reduce one’s carbon footprint. Currently, one-third of all the arable land on the planet is being used to grow feed for livestock. Combined with the animals themselves, this means that the production of meat is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions."
"Killing and eating animals is a betrayal of our own core humanity."
"I'm a vegan and I've found that since adopting a vegan diet, I've never felt better; mentally and physically. I feel like it's also had a domino effect of the rest of my life."
The official journal of Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed care organization in the United States
"Too often, physicians ignore the potential benefits of good nutrition and quickly prescribe medications instead of giving patients a chance to correct their disease through healthy eating and active living. Physicians should therefore consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity."
"I don't give a damn if you believe in climate change. I couldn’t care less if you're concerned about temperatures rising or melting glaciers. It doesn't matter to me which of us is right about the science. A clean energy future is a wise investment, and anyone who tells you otherwise is either wrong, or lying. Twenty-eight per cent of the greenhouse gasses come from eating meat and from raising cattle, so we can do a much better job." (said during the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris)
"For my own health, and after all the information I gathered about the mistreatment of animals, I couldn't continue to eat meat. The more I was aware of, the harder and harder it was to do. The more red meat I ate, the worse I felt."
"I have for decades been concerned about factory farming, in part because of the tremendous harm inflicted on the environment, but also because of the shocking ongoing cruelty perpetuated on millions of sentient beings."
Patrik Baboumian, junior bodybuilding championship, strongman, Strongest Man of Germany, vegan
"My strength needs no victims. My strength is my compassion."
"It is not enough to think of different species merely as potential 'resources' to be exploited."
"The sheer number of cattle, pigs and chickens that — through no fault of their own, they're kept by us humans — are polluting the environment in ways that are shocking." (ecorazzi.com)
Ginny Messina, RD
"Just 2 things you need to know about milk: 1. It always involves animal cruelty; 2. It is not needed in anyone's diet."
"I don't want any kind of suffering of any living form... animals are being pumped full of growth hormones which are then getting fed to our kids. And it's affecting the water, environment."
"WTF IS WRONG W/MEAT EATERS (Yes that's what I said) DO Ppl NEED FKNG BACON SO BADLY, THEY WILL TORTURE THE PIG 4 ITS ENTIRE LIFE 2 GET IT?"
"Ten billion animals a year are killed for food in the United States alone. It's insane. I've done different things for different animals, from primates to dogs and cats, but I really like to focus on [farm animals] because the numbers are so high and people aren't as aware."
"I work out whenever I can and I don't eat meat or dairy. When you get that close to an animal, things change and it doesn't seem to matter if it’s a dog or a chicken or a cow – they all have feelings and all have emotions."
"Though we may not be individually present at the farm or the slaughterhouse, the violence done to animals is violence done in our name, and for our plates." (from the book Making a Killing - The Political Economy of Animal Rights, page 131)
Phil Neville, a soccer player and Manchester United coach, about meatless diet
"I think people are understanding the benefits, not just for yourself but for ... the environment. 2.5 million animals a day are being slaughtered. That is a damning statistic that we need to do something about. If everyone can even just do one day of not eating meat, then that ... will mean that we live in a better world."
"[i]f you love animals, don’t eat them."
"For the record, I'm a veggie and against the deliberate killing of ALL animals, not just seals, so for those people that want to protest about my coming to play a gig, make sure to get all the chicken farmers, cow farmers and fishermen to march in unity at my presence." (Bryan replied to the residents of St. John's, Newfoundland, who accused him for being hypocritical by touring with his first "Mile One" show the province, especially when it coincides with their annual seal hunt.)
Samuel L. Jackson
"It's a new vegan diet. I'm just trying to live forever. Trying to finish out my Marvel deal." (said for Yahoo)
Ivana Simic, Croatian nutritionist
"Good nutritional habits adopted during the childhood will later diminish the risk of various chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and some forms of cancer."
"Over a year ago I changed my diet to a vegan diet, really just to experiment to see what it was like. And I felt better, so I continued with it. Now, for many people, that choice is connected to environmental ethics and health issues and all that stuff, but I just wanted to try it to see what it was like. In a visceral way, I felt better, so I've continued with it and I'm likely to continue it for the rest of my life." (In an exclusive interview with Medscape Editor-in-Chief Eric Topol, MD, March 7, 2014)
George Bernard Shaw
"Animals are my friends... and I don't eat my friends. This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; (...) the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances..."
Joanna Lumley, actress
"I realized that every time I ate any kind of meat, something had been killed for me, and I stopped eating all animals, not just cows and pigs but chickens and fish. I feel so much happier not being a part of the blood chain."
"For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love."
Alexey Voyevoda, a professional arm wrestler and an Olympic bobsledding gold medalist for Russia about switching to vegan diet
"At first, I approached it from a scientific standpoint. However, I then came to have some ethical views about this diet. I love happy, living animals! I no longer eat the suffering and pain of defenceless animals."
"I don't want to torture anything... [I]t's about trying to live a life where I'm not contributing to the cruelty in the world... While I am on this planet, I want everyone I meet to know that I am grateful they are here."
"If I'm introduced to anyone who eats beings, I walk away. Imagine, for example, if you were in a nightclub and someone said to you 'Hello, I enjoy bloodshed, throat-slitting and the destruction of life,' well, I doubt if you'd want to exchange phone numbers."
"I would like to ask all so-called celebrity chefs why they believe that animals should have no right to live. If Jamie 'Orrible is so certain that flesh-food is tasty then why doesn’t he stick one of his children in a microwave? It would taste the same as cooked lamb."
"Although the meat industry alone is destroying the planet, I would like to ask President Obama why he says nothing on the subject. Although the meat industry puts an intolerable strain on the medical profession I would like to ask world leaders why they say nothing on the subject. Although meat products are killing off half the human race very speedily, I would like to ask world leaders why they do not care in the least. Money, and only money, makes the world go around."
"I would also like to ask meat-eaters why they are so certain that animals deserve such barbaric and horrific treatment. I would like to ask meat-eaters why they believe that animals should not have any rights to live their own lives, whilst humans fiercely demand a god-given right to live as they wish simply by reason of their birth alone."
"The animals die that we may live, they are substitute people... And we eat them, out of cans or otherwise; we are eaters of death, dead Christ-flesh resurrecting inside us, granting us life."
Sir David Attenborough, naturalist
"We are a plague on the Earth. It's coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so. It's not just climate change; it's sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde. Either we limit our population growth or the natural world will do it for us, and the natural world is doing it for us right now."
"The best way to help cows abused by the dairy industry and keep your family healthy is to stock your fridge with delicious vegan foods, dairy free milk, cheese, ice cream and yoghurt are readily available at your local grocery or health food store and offer all the nutrition that you and your children need with none of the cholesterol or cruelty found in dairy products."
"Flesh eating is unprovoked murder."
"I ride longer distances on my bike, can do more pull-ups than ever, and my brain seems to have a larger capacity for new projects, problem solving, songwriting, and fielding random questions... It also makes me a lot better in bed." (about his vegan diet)
"[h]orse slaughter has no place in our culture. It is cruel, inhumane, and perpetuates abuse and neglect of these beloved animals."
Patrik Baboumian, the German strongman, vegan
"One day, I just thought, if you see a bird with a broken leg, you really have the urge to do something about it and help the bird. Then, at the same time, you go to a restaurant and eat a chicken or something. It doesn't make any sense."
Patrik Baboumian, the German strongman, vegan
"I just realized that if it's really compassion that drives you, maybe it's not enough just to stop eating animals but you maybe should boycott the whole animal industry, because it's not what you as a compassionate being would want. So actually you should go one step further and become vegan."