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Canadian model, actress and animal rights activist; former Baywatch star
"Pamela Anderson's risqué [July 2010] advertisement promoting vegetarianism has proven just a tad too sexy — even for the famously sultry City of Montreal.
The former Baywatch star, an outspoken animal-rights activist, has been denied a permit to hold an event launching her newest animal-rights campaign.
In the advertisement, Anderson's bikini-clad body is covered in marks that mimic a butcher's diagram — with parts of her flesh marked up with words like 'breast,' 'round,' and 'rump.'...
In a statement, Anderson called the move surprisingly puritanical... 'In a city that is known for its exotic dancing and for being progressive and edgy, how sad that a woman would be banned from using her own body in a political protest,' Anderson said." [CBC]
"Pam Anderson PETA Permit Nixed by Montreal," www.cbc.ca, July 15, 2010
British comedian, actor and author; former BBC radio host; British Comedy Award winner (2011); Guardian soccer columnist; PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity (2011)
"I became a vegetarian at fourteen. There was a lad at our school called Daniel Zahl, whose father was a socialist with a beard... Daniel took me... to a Vegetarian Society meeting, where they showed us videos of factory farming. I made a commitment in that room that would one day lead to me becoming crowned the World's Sexiest Vegetarian, a title you're ineligible for, no matter how sexy you are, unless you don't eat meat...
...I'm incredibly sentimental about animals. It's the only opportunity I get to occupy the moral high ground: when I got clean [from substance abuse], after chatting to some Krishna conscious devotees, I gave up fish as well. They said if you put death into your body you will emit death, but I'm in it mostly for the high ground. 'You're vegetarian?' comes the inquiry. 'Yes.' Then the inevitiable, 'Do you eat fish?' This is where they catch a lot of people out: the inquisitor is already at this stage anticipating a 'Yes' and loading up with, 'Ah, well, you're not a proper vegetarian then are you because...' That's why I have to stifle a smug grin when I reply, 'No. No, I don't eat fish because it's cruel to them, the lovely little things.' And on particularly smarmy days, 'If you put death into your body you emit death.' Even as a junkie I stayed true—'I shall have heroin, but I shan't have a hamburger.' What a sexy little paradox."
Russell Brand, My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up, 2009
Comedienne, television host, actress and author; PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Woman of the Year (2009)
"...I forced myself to watch a documentary called Earthlings, and it's inside footage of factory farms, and dairy farms, and... you just see that, and you go, I can't participate in that... It's 50 billion animals a year that are killed, and I think we all fool ourselves that there's some kind of happy cow... and that it's a quick death, and they just hit 'em in the head, and they're out... and it's a very disturbing reality, and it happens every minute of the day... They're all in pain, they're all treated badly, they're all diseased, and they're all pumped with antibiotics... I do it because I love animals, and I saw the reality, and I just couldn't ignore it anymore.
...I can't imagine that if you're putting something in your body that's filled with fear or anxiety or pain, that that isn't somehow gonna be inside of you..."
Katie Couric interviewing Ellen DeGeneres, www.cbsnews.com, Feb. 2, 2010
"...[V]egans Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are investing with singer Chrissie Hynde and producer Steve Bing in a new vegan restaurant that will open on Ventura Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley...
Pre-eminent vegan chef Tal Ronnen will do the menu. Ronnen catered the couple's vegan wedding and also is known for preparing meals for a 21-day vegan cleanse undertaken by Oprah Winfrey in 2008. He's the author of the cookbook The Conscious Cook."
"Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi to Open Vegan Restaurant," www.hollywoodreporter.com, Oct. 26, 2011
British singer-songwriter; former Beatles vocalist and bass guitarist; composer; painter; animal rights advocate; US Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song recipient (2010); Kennedy Center honoree (2010); Member of the Order of the British Empire
"The former Beatle and solo musician is a longtime vegetarian and prominent face of the animal-rights movement. He's even posed for a PETA ad, in which he was quoted saying: 'Many years ago, I was fishing, and as I was reeling in the poor fish, I realized, 'I am killing him--all for the passing pleasure it brings me.' And something inside me clicked. I realized as I watched him fight for breath, that his life was as important to him as mine is to me.'"
Kurtis Hiatt, "Why These Famous Vegetarians and Vegans Pass on Meat," health.msn.com (accessed Nov. 23, 2011)
"What food did McCartney enjoy BV (Before Vegetarianism)?
'Just normal restaurant food really. I'd go to America and have the biggest steaks in the world. So big I'd have to give half of it away. Or I'd have chicken Kiev with all the butter oozing out of it. That was great.'
Of his own conversion in the mid-70s, McCartney has often told the story of how he and his first wife, Linda, were having a roast dinner, looked out of the window, saw lambs gambolling, and realised they didn't want to eat meat any more. "It was like, the penny dropped. The light bulb lit up. We thought, we might just give this up."
Barbara Ellen, "Interview: Paul McCartney," Observer, July 17, 2010
15.Morrissey (aka Steven Patrick Morrissey) (Born May 22, 1959)
British vocalist and lyricist; founding member of The Smiths; author; animal rights activist
"If you love animals, obviously it doesn’t make sense to hurt them. There was a very famous television documentary on British Television. It was about the usual abattoir/slaughter situation, and it horrified me. Because obviously it was very, very rare to see any abattoir footage. They still rarely show things like that on British Television for some reason. So that was the turning point for me. And I always looked at animals and thought they were very much like children and they looked to us always to help them and save them and protect them. Then I could see all these animals being led and assuming they were being led to safety and being organized by human beings—and then, of course, being butchered—very simple.
...I think it’s just so possible to be influential—also, when you’re a touring unit, and you tour as much as I do, and you tour as a vegetarian unit, and you make it known... And you arrive at hotels like this, and you book 20 rooms, and all these rooms are vegetarian rooms, and you’re making it known all the time that [in] this large touring party... nobody is interested in your stale, old silly menus. So it is effective. It really is effective."
Interview with Morrissey conducted by Dan Mathews, www.peta2.com (accessed Dec. 28, 2011)
Excerpt from The Smiths' song, "Meat Is Murder," written by Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr:
"Heifer whines could be human cries
Closer comes the screaming knife
This beautiful creature must die
This beautiful creature must die
A death for no reason
And death for no reason is murder
And the flesh you so fancifully fry
Is not succulent, tasty or kind
It's death for no reason
And death for no reason is murder...
Kitchen aromas aren't very homely
It's not 'comforting,' cheery or kind
It's sizzling blood and the unholy stench
Morrissey and Johnny Marr, "Meat is Murder Lyrics," 1985, www.metrolyrics.com (accessed Dec. 8, 2011)
British heavy metal vocalist and reality TV star; Black Sabbath frontman
"The man who once bit the head off a bat is now only interested in leafy greens...
The rocker appeared on wife Sharon Osbourne‘s show, 'The Talk' and said 'My assistant showed me a video called 'Forks and Knives' or something [2011 documentary Forks Over Knives], about (cutting out) meat and dairy products, so I thought, ‘I’ll give this a shot!’
'I feel OK actually, I feel better about myself, you know? I go on binges…That’s the reason why I decided to cut out meat and dairy because I’ve limited what I can have because when you’re on the road and you’re traveling, you grab buns and … burgers are everywhere … so now I’ve just narrowed the margin.'
Michael d'Estries, "Ozzy Osbourne Is Now Vegan," Mother Nature Network website, Oct. 26, 2011
'I'm so over the dove, the bat,' Osbourne says. 'It's just one of those things people will remember me by. Yes, I did bite the head off of a dove. Yes, I did bite the head off of a bat. It's a stupid thing to do, but I did it.'...
...Perhaps more significant than Osbourne's career as a burglar (which put him in the slammer for a few months) was his time in the slaughterhouse. His first job was to cut open sheep stomachs and empty them.
'For the first two or three weeks, I did nothing but throw up,' Osbourne says. 'The smell was just unbelievable.'"
"Ozzy Osbourne: The Prince of Darkness Gets a Book," www.npr.org, Feb. 27, 2010
Israeli-born actress; Best Actress Academy Award winner (2011); PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity (2002)
"Natalie Portman... has been a strict vegetarian since she was 8, after seeing a demonstration of laser surgery on a chicken at a medical conference with her father. She does not eat meat of any kind and avoids gelatin and other animal products. Says Natalie, 'I am a very strict vegetarian... I just really, really love animals, and I act on my values.'"
"Peta's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2011: Past Winners," www.peta.org(accessed Nov. 11, 2011)
"Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman, who is pregnant with her first child, has dropped her vegan diet.
'I actually went back to being vegetarian when I became pregnant, just because I felt like I wanted that stuff... I was listening to my body to have eggs and dairy.'
Portman, who launched a vegan shoe line in 2008, said the strict diet that prohibits animal-derived products, from meat to honey, took its toll when she started craving sweets.
'If you're not eating eggs, then you can't have cookies or cake from regular bakeries, which can become a problem when that's all you want to eat,' she said."
18.Prince (aka Prince Rogers Nelson, the Artist Formerly Known as Prince, and ) (Born June 7, 1958)
Vocalist, songwriter and musician; 2004 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee; 2006 PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity
"VT [Vegetarian Times]: How, when and why did you and [then-wife] Mayte become vegetarians?
The Artist [Formerly Known as Prince]: I've not eaten red meat for about 10 years now. Mayte for a lot longer. I've always had a preference for all things vegetarian but not until recently did I find out how good they were for you (in a physical sense).
VT: How far have you taken your vegetarianism? The lyrics on Emancipation's 'Joint 2 Joint' suggest that you like soymilk on your cereal. Have you given up dairy and eggs as well as flesh foods?
The Artist: We don't eat anything with parents. Complete vegans--both of us!...
VT: Many people become vegetarian out of concern for their health, but I know that's not what motivated you and Mayte. Can you tell us how your beliefs affected this decision?
The Artist: Thou shalt not kill means just that! We don't have to kill things to survive. In fact, the complete opposite happens: If you kill, you will die..."
Catherine Censor Shemo, "A Prince of a Guy," Vegetarian Times, Oct. 1997
US actress and author; star of Clueless (1995); former Aerosmith music video model/actress; animal rights activist; PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity (2004)
"I’m not the person who ever stopped loving the taste of meat... I’m a foodie. But I knew I had to give meat up to be able to look at myself in the mirror, to know that I’m a good person and a good Jew. How could I continue seeing myself as a person who cares about the world and yet be responsible for suffering?
...The production of animals is the greatest holocaust that is happening now, because it’s allowed.
...[Before I was vegan] I freakin’ loved gefilte fish... and matzah ball soup."
Alicia Silverstone, quoted by Naomi Pfefferman in "Vegan Adventures with Alicia Silverstone," www.jewishjournal.com, Dec. 3, 2009
"Like most people, I wasn’t always a vegetarian, 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. I’ve been vegan for 10 years, and it’s the single-most important and helpful decision I have ever made. Physically, the effect has been amazing. Once I went vegan, I lost the weight I wanted to lose, my nails were stronger, and my skin was glowing. I feel great, and I look better now than I did 11 years ago.
Being vegan truly is the secret to my life’s joy and peace. I feel physically and spiritually better than I could have ever imagined knowing that I am doing everything I can to reduce animal suffering with simple lifestyle choices like being vegan, never wearing any products made from animals (like wool and leather), and buying only from companies that NEVER test their products or ingredients on animals."
Alicia Silverstone, "A Message from Alicia," www.peta.org (accessed Dec. 21, 2011)
Johnny Cash (Born Feb. 26, 1932; died Sep. 12, 2003)
Falsely identified as vegetarian
US singer-songwriter and actor; ordained minister; 17-time Grammy Award winner; nine-time CMA (Country Music Association) Award winner; Kennedy Center Honoree (1996)
"I never really went hungry. When I was a little kid I'd hunt rabbits and squirrels simply because we needed them to eat and they were really good. If my daddy gave me two shells, I was supposed to bring back two rabbits. I'm still like that. I go rabbit hunting and I won't take but two shells."
John Frook, "Down-Home Shorthand of an Old Plowboy," Life Magazine, Nov. 21, 1969
"Rumored to Be Vegetarian, but Not:... Johnny Cash..."