RIP Prince: One of many influential, vegan celebrities

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“We’re all members of the animal kingdom. Leave your brothers and sisters in the sea,” said Prince in his song “Animal Kingdom.”

Music recording legend Prince made global headlines Thursday morning, one day before Earth Day, with the announcement of his death at age 57. What you may not know is, Prince, one who engaged in  both vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, was one of many celebrities that refrain from eating meat.

A vegetarian lifestyle excludes all meat, while a vegan lifestyle eliminates all animal products including meat, dairy, eggs and honey.

Prince

The seven-time Grammy Award winning artist was famous for both his love for women and his love for the environment.

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Prince at Coachella Music Festival, 2008. Photo Courtesy of Common Creatives: Wikipedia: Flickr @Scott Penner.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal’s named Prince the Sexiest Vegetarian Alive The Academy Award winner also donated “Animal Kingdom” for PETA to use as a musical invitation to its 20th anniversary party in New York.

In an interview with Vegetarian Times, Prince notably said he did not “eat anything with parents.”

Ellen DeGeneres

The Emmy Award winning talk show host and comedian utilizes her platform to advocate for a vegan diet. DeGeneres features vegan meals on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and invites vegan guests to elaborate on their lifestyles.

DeGeneres advocates for animal welfare.

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Ellen DeGeneres on set at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Photo Courtesy of Flickr @ronpaulrevolt2008.

“I always hear ‘animal rights,’ and… I just think it’s a crazy thing, cause it’s really just any kind of the right to be left alone,” said DeGeneres during an interview

She further explained that after watching the documentary “Earthlings,” a film on dairy and factory farms, she chose a vegan lifestyle.

“You just see that and you go, ‘I can’t participate in that.’ I can’t be a part of something that is suffering,” said DeGeneres.

Leonardo DiCaprio 

On Thursday,  DiCaprio was honored as one of Time Magazine’s

The Oscar Award winning actor executively produced the film “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret “ in 2014.  The film addresses the impact animal agriculture has on the environment.

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Leonardo DiCaprio at the London premiere of “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Photo Courtesy of Common Creatives: Wikipedia: Christopher William Adach .

“Only two percent of philanthropy and giving goes towards the biggest life sustaining force that we have, and that’s our planet,” said DiCaprio in an interview “And we’re systematically polluting it, we’re chopping down rainforest, destroying coral reef systems. Animals… are becoming extinct.”

 

These celebrities and other prominent figures, including Albert Einstein, pledged to promote animal and environmental welfare by living plant-based lifestyles.

In honor of Earth Day, in honor of meat-free celebrities and in honor of the passing of a true legend, the following are plant-based facts for those of you who wish to follow in their footsteps:

  • According to The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, from 2014 to 2016
  • Studies indicate that a varied vegan diet requires about a third of the land needed for conventional Western diets, and 3.5 billion humans could survive off the food currently fed to livestock.
  • Animal-based food production is associated

 

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