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SophieMonkThere's no doubt in my mind that going vegetarian has made me feel better not only physically but also because I learned about the suffering of animals who are raised and killed for food. I feel good knowing I'm not contributing to that.
Carrie UnderwoodI stopped eating beef at 13 and stopped eating all meat a few years ago. I would feel guilty that what was on my plate was walking around yesterday. Either I could live with that or stop eating meat. I choose the latter, and I'm happier for it.
CoreyFeldmanWhen I was 8 years old, my parents wouldn't let me do it, and I think I was about 12 or 13 when I made the final decision like, "I know what I'm doing and if you don't like it too bad." And that actually came though the influence at the time of Michael Jackson and Stephen Spielberg, because I was working on the film The Goonies. I was eating a steak one day and he sat down next to me and was mooing and saying, "You realize you're eating a cow right? Why are you doing that?" And then I became friends with Michael and he was vegetarian at the time but no longer is an advocate but at the time he was very influential in that world. But he brought me to his house and had his chef prepare me my first vegetarian dinner which basically helped sell it. So between the two of them I was like, "Ok that's it forget it, all bets are off."
BobBarkerI became a vegetarian out of concern for animals, but I wasn't a vegetarian long before I realized there's something to that. I don't think I would have worked for the past five years probably were it not for my vegetarian diet.
Alicia SilverstoneI did it for political, moral reasons, thinking that I was making this great sacrifice, but it was absolutely necessary; I was not going to contribute to the violence in the world anymore.
Sadie FrostI've always been an animal lover. People should be made aware of all the issues. Some people think that the whole wearing-fur thing is glamorous, but you can look good without it.
Jessica AlbaI think that people who don't like animals tend to be selfish, but I'm biased.
CoreyFeldmanI am an avid supporter of PETA and all animals as well as animal rights programs.
CarrieUnderwoodI quit eating beef when I was somewhere between 10 and 13 because we do have cows and I did bottle feed them and stuff like that. They were like my pets. I had an incident one day that made me refuse to eat beef ever, ever again. Later on, my neighbor had pigs, and I thought they were cute, and it just kind of went on and on from there. I phased it out over a period of time. My parents were actually banding calves. I don't know if you know what that means. I'm not going to explain it to you. ... Basically, it was to make them grow bigger so people could eat them, and they were so cute, and it just made me sad.
JennieGarthI got a fur shawl once. I was so disgusted! And I couldn't re-gift it. I don't know anyone who'd want fur.
MarthaStewartI used to wear real fur, but, like many others, I had a change of heart when I learned what actually happens to the animals.
AlyssaMilanoI turned vegetarian after 9/11. A friend of mine came back from New York and said that he couldn't stand the smell of burnt flesh. It immediately reminded me of a barbecue.
FaithHillOur daughter Maggie is our all-natural girl. Anything to do with nature and anything that breathes and walks and moves, she wants it. And she informed us the other day that she's gonna be a vegetarian. She just woke up one morning and said, 'I'm gonna be a vegetarian,' and she has been one ever since,".
PamelaAndersonEvery time we go by KFC, my kids ask me to honk and they yell 'Boo' out the window.
RickyWilliamsI wouldn't eat a chicken if it dropped dead in front of me holding up a sign that said, Eat Me.
DonaldTrumpAccording to the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, fish have feelings too. Whenever my sons go fishing they always tell me, "Dad it doesn't hurt a fish to get hooked." Well I watch and I see and I believe it's painful for the fish.
StellaMcCartneySomeone from Manolo Blahnik went into my shop and said: 'These shoes are not vegetarian.' That's the highest compliment, because you just can't tell that they are, and they are." "My mum taught me to have a soul.
DevonAokiI sometimes think, would I drink the milk from the breast of a woman I don't know? No. So I think, why would I drink it from a cow.
WillieNelsonMy wife actually got worried about my drinking so much regular milk, you know, so she got me into rice milk and now soy milk, which I greatly enjoy. A soy mocha's a fine thing.
AliciaSilverstoneOnce people spend time with farm animals in a loving way ... a pig or cow or a little chicken or a turkey, they might find they relate with them the same way they relate with dogs and cats. People don't really think of them that way because they're on the plate. Why should they be food when other animals are pets? I would never eat my doggies.
 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 and moo and walk around.
CharlotteRossYou know, we all oppose animal cruelty. But sometimes we forget that animals on farms suffer and feel pain like all other animals. They, too, deserve to be protected from harm and cruelty.
MarcBouwerI think it's really disgusting that designers use fur, and it's disgusting that people wear fur. It has to stop. It's so unnecessary in today's world, with the technology we have. I'm wearing fabulous "ultrasuede" tonight. This is totally the look of leather. There's a way to get it without death involved. We should be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
RussellSimmons I don't eat any animals or anything that has to do with animals. No fish or egg or dairy because I personally don't feel it's a good practice to eat anything that might run away from you.
StellaMcCartneyThe really great thing about my shop is that there's not one dead animal in it. ... Manolo's got a load of fabric shoes as well! We use plastic, fabric, rubber- anything but leather. I almost feel like I've been put here to show everyone that it's unnecessary.
BobBarkerI'd like to see animals removed from the entertainment business. Chimpanzees and apes won't perform unless you beat them. Circuses keep elephants in chains 90 percent of the time. Elephants need freedom of movement. In circuses, they live in cramped quarters, which is not the life intended for them by nature. Some are beaten daily, forced to do ridiculous tricks and robbed of every shred of dignity.
ClintEastwoodI 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.
AliciaSilverstoneAnimals are being exploited in such an unbelievable way; it's not acceptable. PETA is trying to get your attention, and they're successful at it. ... If you talk to people who grew up on a farm, they'll tell you that they had an experience where they were taking care of a cow, and one day their parents took it away and killed it. It's a torturous experience for them, and that's when they became hard. People are taught to be grown-up or whatever, and that's dumb. That bond they had with that cow or chicken was real.
CraigNicholls Maybe the world would be better if people didn't hate so much and kill animals.
WoodyHarrelsonI've been vegan for about 10 and a half years. It's been all good. I'm obviously much healthier
LindaBlair I have been a vegetarian for about 10 years. And it really was due to the reading that I did. And they explain so that you understand why it's important for the planet's survival along with compassion for animals. It certainly made it much easier for me. I lost weight really fast. My mother died from cancer so this is all very personal to me. And I just would like the planet to be a better place. And I think you'll find a vegetarian diet to be really incredible these days&
DennisWeaverI became a vegetarian in 1958 and it was very difficult in those days to really maintain that because there weren't many options. But, now, it's a growing trend because the economics are there. See, there's simply enough people demanding it that it's profitable to supply vegetarians with those products.
TracyBinghamVegetarianism that is me. I don't eat meat. It's been over 10 years. Actually it's been 11 and a half years and I feel good and I feel like I look good and I have energy& and you have to look at what you're putting in your body. I eat vegetables and I eat grain and I take care of myself and I don't think I look that bad, do I?
KevinNealonThere's so many vegetarian foods now that are available at the market . The same with drive-throughs. Now, a lot of them serve veggie burgers just like the restaurants are doing. So, it's really very easy.
TippiHedrenIt does take a little work to be a vegetarian but it's so worth it, oh it's so worth it!
Alicia SilverstoneNothing's changed my life more. I feel better about myself as a person, being conscious and responsible for my actions and I lost weight and my skin cleared up and I got bright eyes and I just became stronger and healthier and happier. Can't think of anything better in the world to be but be vegan.
ShaniaTwainI think there's something odd about eating another living anything.
ShiriApplebyI was sitting here eating my plate of chicken salad, and suddenly I looked down and saw all the meat on my plate and just wasn't hungry anymore. So i've decided I'm not going to eat meat.
GavinRossdaleThe person I love would never wear fur. Fur just makes me think of shallow women who have no conscience. The fur industry belongs to a time when people were selfish beyond belief. If you were some ancient tribal cheiftain, and there was not a department store nearby 350 years ago, I'd understand. But now, we have synthetic fibers,and it's not necessary. The elitism of fur makes me wanna puke.
ShaniaTwainI don't eat meat, fish, or eggs. I was never a big meat-eater, but I've got more energy now," says Shania, who hasn't eaten an animal since she married longtime vegetarian (and record producer) Mutt Lange.
DwightYoakamI quit eating red meat a long time ago. I'm a vegetarian, but not by a moral issue or any kind of stand. I still eat dairy. And I quit eating sugar about the same time I quit eating red meat, but I eat fruit.
BeaArthurMany years ago, I was in a Broadway show and I had to wear a fox fur around my shoulders. One day my hand touched one of the fox's legs. It seemed to be in two pieces. Then it dawned on me.... her leg had probably been snapped in two by the steel trap that had caught it.
AndyWarholI admit to having worn suede and leather pants myself for a while, but you just never feel clean, and it's degenerate, anyway, to wear animal skins.... So I went back to bluejeans after my degenerate period.
TrishDonnallyThe 1950's American dream of owning a mink coat is as dead as the 60 mink killed to make that coat.
CarmenElectraIt's sad. That's a living creature. We don't have the right to take their life away for fashion.
CharlizeTheronWe don't live the lives of Eskimos. We don't need to kill animals for fashion.
MontellWilliamsThey've been trying to test on animals for the past 50 years. Nobody's come up with a cure,"he says. "If you want to test on somebody, test on me."
AliciaSilverstoneNot that I say,"Oh,I'm not going to associate with certain people.," but I have my world,and I only want to be around people who I feel stimulated by. I have to be honest I do have a new quest: I want to meet more vegetarians,people who are more like minded. There's something real neat about that feeling. It makes you feel so settled to know there's somebody else sitting right there,being so passionate about what I'm passionate about. I don't want to be around selfish people. I try to keep myself surrounded by deep people who will move me.
AliciaSilverstoneWe always had dogs,so I understood all the joy and the love animals are capable of giving. It's crazy to me that some people have dogs in their homes, but they treat them more like furniture.
AliciaSilverstoneI know what it feels like to be hurt,and I don't want to cause that pain to any other person or creature. But somehow, in society, we numb ourselves in order to make money or to feel better about ourselves, such as with cosmetics or food. We say to ourselves, I'm going to use this animal. I'm going to say it doesn't have much worth so that I can allow myself to do these cruel things. And that just isn't fair.
AliciaSilverstoneI don't have any understanding of a human being who doesn't respect the beauty of life and that goes for all creatures that have thoughts,feelings and needs.
JohnMcDougallAn important fact to remember is that all natural diets, including purely vegetarian diets without a hint of dairy products, contain amounts of calcium that are above the threshold for meeting your nutritional needs....In fact,calcium deficiency caused by an insufficient amount if calcium in the diet is not known to occur in humans.
MarionNestleThe standard four food groups are based on American agricultural lobbies. Why do we have a milk group? Because we have a National Dairy Council. Why do we have a meat group? Because we have an extremely powerful meat lobby.
ArnoldSchwarzeneggerKids nowadays...tend to go overboard on protein --- something I believe to be totally unnecessary...I state in my formula for basic good eating: Eat about one gram of protein for every two pounds of body weight.
IsaacBashevis SingerTo be a vegetarian is to disagree--to disagree with the course of things today. Starvation,world hunger,cruelty,waste,wars we must make a statement against these things.Vegetarianism is my statement. And I think it's a strong one
 There are viable (and usually better) alternatives to the use of animals for food, sport, clothing, & experimentation. I beg you to discontinue any actions that might cause or condone animal torture, abuse, or destruction.
GeorgeBernard ShawThe average age (longevity) of a meat eater is 63. I am on the verge of 85 and still work as hard as ever. I have lived quite long enough and am trying to die; but I simply cannot do it. A single beef-steak would finish me; but I cannot bring myself to swallow it. I am oppressed with a dread of living forever. That is the only disadvantage of vegetarianism.
MohandasGandhiTo my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body.
RomainRollandTo a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime.
LeoTolstoyIf he be really and seriously seeking to live a good life, the first thing from which he will abstain will always be the use of animal food, because ...its use is simply immoral, as it involves the performance of an act which is contrary to the moral feeling - killing.
HenryDavid ThoreauNo humane being, past the thoughtless age of boyhood, will wantonly murder any creature which holds its life by the same tenure that he does.
 Basically we should stop doing those things that are destructive to the environment, other creatures, and ourselves and figure out new ways of existing.
GaryPlayerThe closer you can live to being a vegetarian the better.
RikkiRockettIf you don't like my opinions leave.But just remember, the animals can't leave the cages that hold them. They are captive and suffering. As you cozy into your bed tonight, try to imagine the pain and the suffering that they endure day after day and night after night. Next time you get some soap in your eyes, try to imagine that pain for 3 or 4 days at a time. Next time you have a stomach ache, try to imagine liquid plumber being poured down your throat till you puke so much blood that you bleed to death. Next time you bump your head, try to imagine being a monkey and getting a steel plate smashed into your skull at 50 miles per hour. Then, only then should you feel compelled to tell me that I'm wrong about my opinions. For all these things have happened in the name of science. They continue in abundance till this day.
AlbertSchweitzerThe thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another, even the lowliest creature; to do so is to renounce our manhood and shoulder a guilt which nothing justifies.
DeanOrnishI don't understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced vegetarian diet is considered drastic, while it is medically conservative to cut people open and put them on cholesterol-lowering drugs for the rest of their lives.
AlbertSchweitzerIt is the fate of every truth to be an object of ridicule when it is first acclaimed. It was once considered foolish to suppose that black men were really human beings and ought to be treated as such. What was once foolish has now become a recognized truth. Today it is considered as exaggeration to proclaim constant respect for every form of life as being the serious demand of a rational ethic. But the time is coming when people will be amazed that the human race existed so long before it recognized that thoughtless injury to life is incompatible with real ethics. Ethics is in its unqualified form extended responsibility to everything that has life.
PeterSingerAnimal factories are one more sign of the extent to which our technological capacities have advanced faster than our ethics.
DennisWeaverI think there will come a time, and this is down the road a great many years, when civilized people will look back in horror on our generation and the ones that have preceded it: the idea that we should eat other living things running around on four legs, that we should raise them just for the purpose of killing them! The people of the future will say, meat-eaters in disgust and regard us in the same way that we regard cannibals and cannibalism.
PamelaAndersonMen hunt I think maybe because they have something wrong with their own equipment and they need something else to shoot.
Jacques CousteauThe real cure for our environmental problems is to understand that our job is to salvage Mother Nature...We are facing a formidable enemy in this field. It is the hunters...and to convince them to leave their guns on the wall is going to be very difficult.
RalphWaldo EmersonYou have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.
Isaac Bashevis SingerThere will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.
MaryTyler MooreBehind every beautiful fur, there is a story. It is a bloody, barbaric story.
DorisDayKilling an animal to make a coat is sin. It wasn't meant to be, and we have no right to do it. A woman gains status when she refuses to see anything killed to be put on her back. Then she's truly beautiful.
RueMcClanahanFur used to turn heads, now it turns stomachs.
EllenDeGeneresYou ask people why they have deer heads on the wall. They always say, Because it's such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother's attractive, but I have photographs of her.
RueMcClanahanCompassion is the foundation of everything positive, everything good. If you carry the power of compassion to the marketplace and the dinner table, you can make your life really count.
GeorgeBernard ShawAnimals are my friends-and I don't eat my friends.
AlexandraPaulMy respect and empathy towards animals includes sea dwellers too from dolphins to fish to lobsters. So, of course, I wouldn't dream of eating them.
Martina NavratilovaI haven't bought any leather articles for a very long time. My ideal is to be able to avoid all animal products, in food as well as clothing.
KimBasingerIf you could see or feel the suffering you wouldn't think twice. Give back life. Don't eat meat.
K.DLangI grew up in cattle country-that's why I became a vegetarian. Meat stinks, for the animals, the environment, and your health.
ScottAdamsYou're thinking I'm one of those wise-ass California vegetarians who is going to tell you that eating a few strips of bacon is bad for your health. I'm not. I say its a free country and you should be able to kill yourself at any rate you choose, as long as your cold dead body is not blocking my driveway.
RikkiRockettI have reached zero tolerance for the cruelty against our animal brothers. If we are to nurture our culture, let's begin with the animals who have been nothing but our beasts of burden for so long.
JamesCromwellIf any kid ever realized what was involved in factory farming they would never touch meat again.I was so moved by the intelligence,sense of fun and personalities of the animals I worked with on Babe that by the end of the film I was a vegetarian.
GeorgeBernard ShawAtrocities are not less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called medical research.
CharlesMayoI abhor vivisection. It should at least be curbed. Better, it should be abolished. I know of no achievement through vivisection, no scientific discovery, that could not have been obtained without such barbarism and cruelty. The whole thing is evil.
HenryDavid ThoreauI have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals.
AlbertEinsteinNothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
LeoTolstoyA human can 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.
JohnDenverMany things made me become a vegetarian, among them the higher food yield as a solution to world hunger.
StevenSpielbergHumans are the only hunters who kill when not hungry.
Kristen JohnstonIn some roles I have to wear fur, and I always make sure it's fake, like in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Faux fur is great because it shows people that faux can look fabulous.
RichardGerePeople get offended by animal rights campaigns. It's ludicrous. It's not as bad as mass animal death in a factory.
AmySmartVegetarianism is a way of living consciously on the planet.
JoshHartnettI gave up meat when I was twelve. & One day I was cutting up a chicken for my mom, and I hit a tumor with the knife. There was pus and blood all over the place. That was enough for me.
AliciaSilverstoneBeing vegan helped me realize I can say and do what I believe is right. That's powerful.
KalPennI was a vegetarian when we shot the first film(Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle), and I generally eat organic as much as possible. I know this is so disappointing to the audience, which is why I don’t talk about it a lot, but I don’t smoke weed, I don’t eat fast food.
TobeyMaguireI’ve been a vegetarian for 14 years now, and a lot of the time I avoid going to restaurants. I eat at home. Actually, I’m close to being a vegan, but I’m not one, technically. I don’t eat eggs, or nearly any dairy—no cheese or milk. I do eat honey, and a piece of milk chocolate here and there…. It’s never really been that hard for me. I’ve never had any desire to eat meat. In fact, when I was a kid I would have a really difficult time eating meat at all. It had to be the perfect bite, with no fat or gristle or bone or anything like that…. I don’t judge people who eat meat—that’s not for me to say—but the whole thing just sort of bums me out.
LeonaLewisI’m a vegetarian. I don’t eat animals, so I won’t wear them.
Kareena Kapoor I am proud to be a vegetarian and I am against those who eat meat. Go green to be fit, that’s the best way for me at least.
KelliePicklerOne night I couldn't sleep and I was up and just Googling random stuff and I'm like, 'Hmmm, PETA.' I saw all the videos and I just thought it was horrible, Pickler told People. It's animal cruelty. A lot of it has to do with knowing what happens to the animals and it really bothered me and so I will not eat meat.
EmilyDeschanel“I’ve been vegan for 15 years, and it turns out it makes a very big impact on the environment to eat fewer animal products, which cause more greenhouse gases than all of transportation combined. The United Nations did a study just over two years ago, and that blew my mind. I started thinking that if people are vegetarian for just one day a week, that makes a huge difference!”
Natalie PortmanPart of my reason for being vegetarian was because it practices respect and love for life all through the day, so three times a day, you make a decision to eat things that have not been killed.
Ke$haSebertI just love animals, and I'm an advocate for animals rights, and my family has rescued dogs from all over the world. I don't believe in animal testing. If you see me in fur, it's always fake. Sometimes you see me wearing skulls, but those are all from roadkill.