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Who Are Some Famous Vegetarians?

Vegetarianism is very popular amongst celebrities. If they are not vegetarians currently, they probably tried it at least once. Being a vegetarian means avoiding meat products. Anything that would have bled to be placed on to your plate for dinner is not a part of a vegetarian’s diet. Meat products specifically refer to beef, mutton, chicken, fish and pork. Vegetarianism has different levels of adherence as it may or may not include other animal derivatives such as dairy products or eggs. Religion, ethics, environmental concerns and health are the most common reasons for becoming a vegetarian.

In historical order of famous vegetarians, Pythagoras heads the list having lived in the sixth century BC. He was an ethical and an environmental vegetarian, believing that “As long as Man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living being he will never know health or peace”.

A large number of famous scientists were vegetarians. Charles Darwin, Sir Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein are the best known. They wrote extensively to defend their stance as vegetarians and were passionate animal rights defenders.

The PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Foundation has been vigorous in its campaign to recruit celebrities. They actively campaign against wearing fur and advocate for the protection of animals. Vegetarianism is most often linked with animal rights. Pamela Anderson, Doris Day, Paul McCartney, Fiona Apple and Christina Applegate have been the most consistent vegetarians and animal rights defenders. Inconsistent but supportive vegetarians include Drew Barrymore, Orlando Bloom, David Duchovny and Demi Moore.

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