Famous Vegans


Ellen DeGeneres



“I do it because I love animals, and I saw the reality and I couldn’t be a part of it anymore.”


Paul McCartney

Singer, songwriter


“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.”


David Carter

NFL lineman


“I can honestly say that being vegan is not only the most efficient way to be full-body strong, it’s also the most humane.”


Alicia Silverstone



“I wasn’t always a vegan, but I’ve always loved animals. If you ever have a chance to meet a cow, pig, turkey, or goat, you will see that they are just as cute and funny as your dogs and cats and that they, too, want to live and feel love. They don’t like pain. Now when I see a steak, it makes me feel sad and sick because right away, I see my dog or the amazing cows I met at a sanctuary.”


Russell Brand



“How we treat the vulnerable is how we define ourselves as a species.”


Natalie Portman



“Eating for me is how you proclaim your beliefs three times a day. That is why all religions have rules about eating. Three times a day, I remind myself that I value life and do not want to cause pain to or kill other living beings. That is why I eat the way I do.”


Woody Harrelson



“I’ve been concerned for years. When I was in the seventh grade I did a report about the environment and the loss of species. It was supposed to be only a few pages, but ended up being nearly 50. I’ve always had an intense relationship with nature, something which I think all of us have somewhere inside of us.”


Erykah Badu

Singer, songwriter


“Vegan food is soul food in its truest form. Soul food means to feed the soul. And, to me, your soul is your intent. If your intent is pure, you are pure.”


Derek Tresize



“We don’t need animal protein at all. We need amino acids to build our own protein, not eat someone else’s rotting decaying flesh protein.”



Emily Deschanel



“It’s the most humane and environmentally sound way to live”


Mike Tyson



“I wish I was born this way (vegan)… I wonder why I was crazy all those years.”


Casey Affleck



“Be good to the ones around you, the ones you see. They need your help. They need you to butt in, to intervene, to be nosy, to be a busybody, to be confrontational with those who are abusing them.”





“I thought it was pretty silly of me to, on the one hand, raise awareness of the plight of our hungry in Africa while, on the other hand, continue eating meat, dairy and eggs which require enormous quantities of Africa’s grain and plants in their production. I suppose you could say that I have quite literally seen the light through my shades.”


Kristen Bell



“I love animals, and I stand by my values.”


Bryan Adams

Singer, songwriter


“I’m opposed to fur and any kind of use of animal products. I don’t eat them, and I don’t wear them. I’m not for the killing of any creature—whether it be seals, cows, dogs, anything. So anytime it comes to any kind of animal cruelty, I’m totally against it.”


Fionna Apple



“There’s no proper way to kill and cook these beautiful birds … millions of people are learning that a vegetarian diet is the healthy choice for themselves, the Earth, and the animals.”


Jared Leto



“I’m pretty healthy so I think that helps a lot. I’ve been that way for a long time. Twenty solid years of eating vegetarian/vegan and taking care of myself. That probably helps the preservation process.”



Petra Nemcova



“I recently became vegan because I’m going green and not eating fish. They say if we keep fishing like we are, there will be no more fish left.”


Bif Naked



“I have tried very hard to live a sattvic, mindful, spiritual life based on spiritual principles of eating non-harming foods and leaving as small a footprint on the planet as possible.”


Joaquin Phoenix



“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 recognized it, as did my brothers and sisters.” 


River Pheonix



“I decided not to eat meat or animals products or to use their skins for my clothing, shoes, or decorations. There’s such immense cruelty involved with the raising of animals for human consumption that if I can stop their pain by boycotting their products, I will immediately make a


Portia de Rossi



“We had four cows and two calves, and after a few months, we took in a 4-year-old Canadian Warmblood mare named Diva. The night she arrived, I was so worried about her that I couldn’t sleep. So at 5 o’clock in the morning, I went out to the pasture to keep an eye on her. I sat very still, watching her until sunrise. Everything was so quiet that I think the animals forgot I was there. Then I witnessed something extraordinary: The cows formed a single-file line, and one by one they touched noses with the new horse as a greeting. The calves wouldn’t approach on their own, so one of the cows nudged them forward.

Each of the babies touched the horse’s nose, then jumped around and played like little children. 

I started crying and thought, I can’t possibly keep eating these animals. Before that moment, I wouldn’t have fathomed cows doing something like that.

I was forced to confront the fact that I had chosen to remain ignorant of their nature because it was just easier that way.”


Toby Mcguire



“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.”



Lea Michele



“I have such a passion because I adore animals so much.”



Jason Mraz

Singer, songwriter


“You can get all the protein you need from greens, quinoa, and hemp seed… watch Forks Over Knives if you want to learn about adopting a plant-based diet. It’s a life changer.”



Pamela Anderson



“Confining marine animals to tanks and separating them from their families and their natural surroundings, just so people can watch them swim in endless circles, teaches us far more about humans than it does about animals – and the lesson is not a flattering one.”




TV personality


“I’m a proud vegan, whistle-blower, and animal rights activist.”


Olivia Wilde



“Being vegan is not always easy and accessible,” she continued, “but it’s a way of life and makes me as a person feel really good and physically look better. My skin was better, energy was better.”


Russell Simmons

Hip hop mogul


“Being a thoughtful vegan makes our time on this Earth more peaceful and joyous, because you get to have a hand in promoting and increasing the happiness, good health and well-being of others — both animal and human — rather than being an instrument of their suffering and death.”



Brendan Brazier

Ironman triathlete


“Athletic performance enhancement was my first motivation and is still the strongest. Once I learned how to be a healthy vegan by eating the right foods my performance improved dramatically.”


Alec Baldwin



“I learned about how meat is produced and slaughtered, how milk is “manufactured” and, thanks to Dr. Neal Barnard and the Physicians for Responsible Medicine, how childhood obesity and related illnesses have soared over the past 25 years due to the poor diets of kids hooked on fast food. I learned about the horrific abuses of animals in circuses, zoos, rodeos, thoroughbred horse racing and anywhere that animals are used in performances.”


Mayim Byalik



“My love for animals since childhood feels complete now that I am vegan, and it feels really right for every reason: health, ethical, environmental. It is an amazing lifestyle and I find it easy and inexpensive.”


Ted Danson



“I’ve found that eating vegan the last five or six months has really given me energy, I feel good and I look fabulous.”


Mac Danzig

Mixed martial artist


“Ever since I can remember, I’ve always had a profound respect and interest in nature and animals. I guess it’s just in my blood. I grew up poor by American standards and was raised to eat whatever we could afford. I remember being 13 and seeing a truck on the interstate filled with pigs all headed to the slaughterhouse. One of them made eye contact with me for a while. It was one of the saddest moments I can remember. There was so much intelligence and spirit in him, and here he was, being sent to an awful death.”





“Because billions of animals are suffering and it’s incumbent upon us to do all that we can to alleviate their suffering.”


Linda Blair



“It is my goal to make changes in this country before I die on behalf of the animals.”


James Cromwell



“I was doing a picture in Australia called Babe, working with a lot of animals and animal trainers. I cared about their welfare and then of course you have lunch and it’s all there in front of you, and I thought I should go the whole hog, so to speak. So I made that decision and kept that during the shooting. When I came back, I got involved with PETA”


Ed Begley



“We treat many other animals as if they are merely”resources” or “spare parts”. They are living, breathing, feeling creatures that need to be accorded some measure of respect.”


KD Lang

Singer, songwriter


“We all love animals, but why do we call some of them pets and some of them dinner?”


Al Sharpton



“First, I gave up red meat, then chicken. I ran into Bill Clinton, who told me how he has more energy, needs less sleep, and can think more clearly since going vegan, and I can tell you the same thing happened to me.”


Dan Briggs



“I realized—we had a puppy for about three years, this great black lab named Kelly. Watching her one day, I noticed how many humanlike qualities she had, and I’m just like, this is my best friend and she is an animal like a cow is an animal, and they’re all the same, and I don’t really want to eat them. I can just remember, my dad was cooking up Sunday breakfast, and I was like, ‘Dad, I don’t think I’m going to eat eggs or drink milk anymore.”


Geezer Butler



“One day, I cut this piece of meat open, and blood came out of it, and I asked me mother, ‘Where did this come from?’ She said, ‘From animals,’ and that was it… all life should be treated with respect and dignity.”


Hunter Burgan



“If they are going to use glue, it’s going to have to be vegan glue. You know, animals don’t wear shoes with human glue—it’s just disrespectful.”


Jenna Dewan Tatum



“I feel like a different person. There’s a big difference in my energy level, my skin cleared up, I could not believe the change.”


Mark Browning

Singer, songwriter


“I am a vegan. I chose to change my lifestyle two years ago when I learned what a toll meat-eating takes on our environment, not to mention the unimaginable cruelty that is routine within the factory farming industry… As the saying goes, “you are what you eat,” and to some degree, I believe that what we eat defines who we are.”


Robert Cheeke



“I always had a love and appreciation for animals, and from an early age, I was concerned about their wellbeing… My mission with vegan bodybuilding is to reduce animal suffering and to promote the ideas of caring and compassion.”


Casey Kasem

Radio personality


“In protest against the animal industry, we have to stand up and let people know why it is that we don’t eat cheese and we don’t drink milk. Besides from the fact that it’s not healthy for you, how very unhealthy it is for those animals who have just become products. They are not beings anymore in the eyes of the people who produce them.”