A Vegan’s View: Vegans in the Spotlight

PETA suggests that 2.5 percent of the population of the country eat vegan. Of that small fraction, however, several are widely known celebrities. With their status in America society, these influential people are probably most equipped to spread awareness.

number1Ellen Degeneres

Since 2008, talk show host, Ellen Degeneres, has eliminated animal products from her diet in support of animals. PETA named her the 2009 Woman of the Year as an activist for animal rights. Degeneres also promotes ‘Meatless Mondays’ and adopting a turkey over Thanksgiving instead of eating one as a way to spread awareness.

number2Russell Brand

Ex-Husband to Katy Perry and actor, Russell Brand, has eaten strictly vegan for two years now, after being inspired by the film, “Forks Over Knives.”

number3Al Gore

Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States, turned vegan in 2013 for a number of reasons. He specifically made the switch off the premise that it is beneficial to the environment.

number4Usher

After one year of veganism, R&B star and millionaire, Usher, decided veganism is “too expensive.”

number5Woody Harrelson

Because of his love for the environment, animal rights and his own health, Woody Harrelson, who plays Haymitch in “Hunger Games,” is a tireless activist for veganism. When he was just 12 years old, he wrote a 50 page paper about deforestation.

number6Bill Clinton

Former President of the United States, Bill Clinton, adopted the vegan diet starting in 2010, in order to change his health for the better. At age 65, he underwent a triple bypass surgery that could have ended his life. He decided to take charge of his life and stop “playing Russian Roulette” with it.

number7Carrie Underwood

“American Idol” season 3 winner and popular country artist, Carrie Underwood, is one of the most vocal vegans in Hollywood.

number8Mike Tyson

Four and a half years ago, Tyson transformed his life and lost 150 pounds by not eating animal products. Today he works to advocate for this life-changing diet.

number9Lea Michele

Although this Glee star is on and off a strict vegan, she thoroughly supports the plant-based diet.

number10Brad Pitt

National icon and actor, Brad Pitt, a veteran vegan is today considered one of the most prominent symbols of veganism. Pitt continues to be an animal rights activist, and encourages his wife and kids to not eat animal based products.

– Emily Fuller – Video Editor –

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