Monday, 23 October 2006

Def Leppard’s Phil Collen

Sept. 30, 2006
Recently Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen took time out of his busy schedule to record a public service announcement for PETA in which he sings the praises of a vegetarian diet. “Not only is a vegetarian lifestyle healthier, it’s better for the animals and for the environment,” says Collen, who has been a vegetarian for more than 20 years. In an exclusive interview with, Collen talks about how making the connection between living, breathing animals and the carved up bodies on his plate was what convinced him to forgo animal flesh once and for all.
“It started freaking me out eating dead body parts. …It started when I was a kid, but you know, you have that whole parent propaganda.” Collen now raises his 16-year-old son Rory as a vegetarian. When Rory was taunted by his friends for not eating meat, Collen says, “I told him to mention that when they were eating hot dogs and burgers that they were eating a**holes and eyeballs…and so they stopped harassing him.” Via VegE-News

INXS’s JD Fortune
Sept. 23, 2006
Check out the latest issue of Australia’s New Vegetarian magazine available at TVA for the interview with INXS’s vegan lead singer, JD Fortune. Fortune, who is one of the runner ups for PETA’s World’s Sexiest Vegetarian poll for 2006, is Canadian.


Coretta Scott King 1927~2006
Feb 1, 2006
The widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., died on Jan. 30, 2006. She had devoted her life to his legacy. An activist long before she met her husband, she embraced a vegan diet in 1995 due to the influence of her son, Dexter Scott King. Coretta believed that promoting animal rights was the next “logical extension” of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy of non-violence. [Full story]

“Vegan” founder dies at age 95 
Donald Watson, founder of The Vegan Society and inventor of the word vegan, passed away on Nov. 16 at the age of 95. Watson had not eaten meat for 80 years and had been vegan for over 60 years. He celebrated his birthday last year by climbing a mountain. Two years ago he said, echoing George Bernard Shaw’s forecast for his own funeral, “there’ll be the spirits of all the animals I’ve never eaten.”
More on Watson and the beginnings of veganism.

Avril Lavigne 
Avril has been nominated by PETA as one of the sexiest vegetarians for 2005.

She was quoted in Rolling Stone saying, “I became a vegetarian on my trip [to Europe], and I’m obsessed with pasta.”

According to PETA, Avril likes to cook vegetarian dishes in her spare time. Some of her band members are vegetarian, so it was only a matter of time before it rubbed off on her. She admits that she does like to eat her share of junk food from time to time – who doesn’t really? – but the pop-punk princess adds, “90 percent of the time I eat a vegan diet.”

And apparently she has upset the owners of her childhood haunt by revealing she no longer eats meat. La Pizzeria in Napanee, Ontario claims to be “the home of Avril Lavigne’s favourite pizza”.

Lavigne doesn’t eat this particular pizza anymore, because it contains ingredients she has since given up. “It was green olives, pepperoni and mushrooms but I don’t eat mushrooms or pepperoni anymore. …meat’s not too great for you… I eat healthier than that now.”

Update (Jan. 2006) American Idol winner Carrie Underwood and Coldplay frontmanChris Martin have been selected as PETA’s 2005 “World’s Sexiest Vegetarians,” narrowly edging out a host of other veggies, including David Duchovny, Reese Witherspoon, Joss Stone, Avril Lavigne, Joaquin Phoenix, and Prince. OutKast’s Andre 3000 and actor Alicia Silverstone were selected as PETA’s sexiest vegetarians of 2004.

Sources: articles and this article.

Pamala Anderson
Anderson, former star of Baywatch and longtime animal advocate, is supporting a campaign by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

“I’m asking people to boycott KFC Canada until the company demands that its suppliers stop crippling chickens and scalding them alive,” says Anderson. “No animals should have to suffer this way, whether they’re cats or dogs or chickens.”

The actress has narrated a new five-minute video, titled “Kentucky Fried Cruelty,” that documents incidents of chicken abuse at KFC’s factory farm and slaughterhouse suppliers. [Full story]

Dan Piraro 
Piraro who writes Bizarro, an award-winning cartoon that appears in more than 200 newspapers worldwide, has become vegan. He credits his wife Ashley, vegetarian since she was 12, and a recent visit to Farm Sanctuary in New York. “I did it sheerly out of ethics. I just thought, I can not subsidize this kind of treatment of living beings—it’s just wrong.”

“You simply can’t have a 99 cent Big Mac without destroying the rest of the world and your health along with it” – Dan Piraro

The above is from an interview with Dan at For more info and comics see the vegan section of the Comic reprinted by permission. Photo by Jenny Warburg.

Julia Butterfly Hill 
Environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill lived on a 200-foot-tall ancient redwood tree named Luna for over two years until it and the surrounding forest was saved. She’s the author of The Legacy of Luna andOne Makes the Difference.

“One of the greatest gifts you can give to the planet is to choose to become vegetarian, or even better a vegan.”
– Julia Butterfly Hill

Photo by Shaun Walker of Reprinted with permission. Click on photo to see more pictures.

Woody Harrelson 
Actor Woody Harrelson is a passionate advocate for hemp and organics. He is vegan, and hasn’t eaten meat in over 15 years. “Yeah, milk does a body good – if you are a calf”.

In Oct 2004, he was featured on the front cover of NOW magazine with a personal story on why he is organic.

In Sept 2003, two thousand people joined Woody at the University of Toronto for a free outdoor yoga class.

The message of his latest film, Go Further, is to change your living habits and preserve the Earth. The film which opened on Earth Day (April 22, 2004) is rated NNNN by NOW.

Michael Franti of Spearhead
The latest issue of Herbivore is all about activism and includes a story about Michael Franti of Spearhead. Michael went vegan after being influenced by his son.
According to Peta2, he is the “lead singer of a famously socially conscientious reggae band that has toured with Ziggy Marley and U2, he’s also a dedicated vegan environmentalist who’s out to save the world and all the animals in it!
‘Power to the peaceful!’ is Michael’s battle cry. He wants peace for the planet, for all people, and for all animals.”
Wikipedia’s entry for Franti includes this interesting story: Since 2000, he has been walking barefoot except, occasionally, when going on an airplane or into a restaurant, and then he wears flip-flops. Franti feels there is a division in the world between the consumer nations where people buy shoes and the nations where people make shoes but can’t afford them. He initially decided to go for three days without shoes, and has done so ever since.

Famous vegetarians 
An impressive listing of famous vegetarians arranged by category. There is also a quotations section.
International Vegetarian Union (IVU):

Famous vegetarian celebrities
What celebrities are saying about vegetarianism and animal issues. Includes pictures, quotes, and links to feature articles.
Link to PETA:

Famous gay and lesbian vegetarians

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