Famous for nursing countless injured, sick and dying patients, she also played a very important role in establishing the Red Cross in the United States. Additionally, she participated in the women’s suffrage and anti-slavery movements. Even though she was exposed to war and witnessed great carnage and death, she lived until the age of ninety.
One of the world’s leading conservationists and primatologists, she became a vegetarian after reading a book called Animal Liberation in the 1970s. Because she travels so much, she does eat some animal products like dairy milk, cheese and eggs, when she can’t find other foods.
Susan B. Anthony
She was not only a pioneer in the women’s suffrage movement, she also campaigned against slavery. She lived to the age of eighty-six, but did not witness the the passage of the bill that gave women the right to vote.
Aung San Suu Kyi
She is a pro-democracy activist who has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. One of her quotes about human rights is, “Human beings the world over need freedom and security that they may be able to realize their full potential.” (Source: Brainyquotes.com)
Parks played an instrumental role in the civil rights movement, and is well known for her activism around the world. In a magazine called The Crisis a 1996 article documented her vegetarian background, “I have been a vegetarian a few years. I grew up in rural Alabama and we did not eat a lot of pork meat. When I was young I couldn’t eat fresh meat. It made me kind of sick. I was not in the practice of eating a lot of meat. We had peach, apple, plums. We would go into the woods and pick blackberries. It was not hard at all for me not to eat meat.” (Source: Google.books.com)
He was a farmer, labor leader and civil rights activist who worked tirelessly to help get better working conditions for field laborers, and end discrimination. The niece of Cesar Chavez said this of her famous uncle’s diet, “Cesar was a vegan. He didn’t eat any animal products. He was a vegan because he believed in animal rights but also for his health. Growing up I was always surrounded by vegetarians and vegetarian meals were always an option.” (Source: Google Books) When he passed away, she decided to follow his non-meat eating ways to show respect for him.
Thich Nhat Hanh
He is a Buddhist monk, author, poet and peace activist. He has spoken openly about how a vegetarian diet is a way of practicing non-violence and environmental conservation, “If we look deeply, we will see that eating can be extremely violent. UNESCO tells us that every day, 40,000 children in the world die because of a lack of nutrition, of food. Every day, 40,000 children.And the amount of grain that we grow in the West is mostly used to feed our cattle. According to a recent report, of all the agricultural land in the U.S., 87% is used to raise animals for food. That is 45% of the total land mass in the U.S.” (Source: Lunarfeast.org)