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Famous Vegetarians and Vegans

Note - the following list is not comprehensive - it excludes many famous contemporary vegetarians and vegans (musicians, actors, athletes, politicians, etc, as well as many writers, etc.  Please go to the linked pages for these. I am also slowly adding esotericists and spiritual realisers who I know were or are vegetarain

Scott Adams (writer/artist of comic strip "Dilbert")
Louisa May Alcott (author of the novel Little Women)
Clive Barker (Author of Hellraiser series, Weaveworld, etc.)
Clara Barton (founded American Red Cross)
Annie Besant (Theosophist)
Jeremy Bentham (Philosopher)
William Blake (18th century visionary artist and mystic)
Berke Breathed (US Cartoonist -- writes and draws Bloom County and Outland comic strips)
Charlotte Bronte (famous Victorian novelist)
General William Booth (founder of the Salvation Army)
Cesar Chavez (involved with United Farm Workers union in 1960s.)
St John Chrysostom (Christian mystic)
Clement of Alexandria
Sir Stafford Cripps
Leonardo Da Vinci
Charles Darwin
Thomas Edison
Ralph Waldo Emerson (American lecturer, essayist, and poet)
Albert Einstein (certainly supported, perhaps also practised)
Amanda Feilen (writer and poet) (vegan)
Henry Ford (Documentary film at Greenfield Village claimed Henry Ford was a vegetarian.  Interestingly, he also believed in reincarnation)
Mahatma Gandhi
Henry Heimlich M.D. (created Heimlich maneuver)
Dr John Harvey Kellog (brother of W K Kellog who founded the Kellog Company) (vegan)
Dr. Anna Kingsford (19th century feminist, Theosophist, anti-vivisectionist; probably vegan)
Steven Jobs (founded Apple computer company)
Franz Kafka (Writer) Source: Vegetariana Cookbook
Krishnamurti (Spiritual teacher)
Carla Lane (Writer & TV scipt writer & animal welfare )
Martin Luther
Caitanya Mahaprabhu (Indian Vaishvanite saint born 1486 c.e.)
Mahavira (founded the Jain faith, India, 6th century b.c.e.)
S. L. MacGregor Mathers (occultist, co-founder of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, probably vegan)
Moina Mathers (his wife, occultist, probably vegan)
Eustace Miles
Alan Moore (Comics writer, Watchmen, V For Vendetta, Marvelman, etc.)
Sir Isaac Newton (English scientist, astronomer, and mathematician)
Canakya Pandit (Indian philosopher and prime-minister of King Chandragupta - 300 b.c.e.)
Sir Isaac Pitman
Alexander Pope
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (founder - Krishna consciousness)
Swami Ramalingam (Integral Siddha)
Sir C. V. Raman (Nobel prize-winning physicist - 1930s?)
Ramana Maharshi
Srinivasa Ramanujan (Probably the greatest Indian mathematician in the last 1000 yrs.)
P.V. Narasimha Rao (Prime Minister of India (1991-1996)
Serge Raynaud de la Ferriére (Founder of Universal Great Brotherhood) (vegan)
Ruth Rendell (writer) Source: BBC Vegetarian
Ilya Repin (Russian artist in 1800s)
Anthony Robbins (Success Motivational Coach) (vegan)
John Robbins (author of Diet for a New America and May all be Fed) (vegan)
Jean Jacques Rousseau (French writer and political philosophers)
Richard St Barbe Baker
Henry Salt
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba (Indian holy man)
Albert Schweitzer (German philosopher, physician, musician, clergyman, missionary, humanitarian)
George Bernard Shaw (writer)
Percy Shelley (poet)
Upton Sinclair (American writer)
Isaac Bashevis Singer (Writer - Nobel Prize winner in Literature) (external link  link)
Prof Peter Singer (Philosopher, author of Animal Liberation)
external link  Socrates
Dr Benjamin Spock (child rearing)
Chandrashekar Subrahmanyam (Nobel prize-winning astrophysicist - 1983)
Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772)
Nikola Tesla (Inventor; too many to list, including AC Current)
Henry David Thoreau
    external linkLeon Tolstoy
Mark Twain
Alan Watts (writer on Zen, psychedelic experience, etc)
H.G. Wells (British author, the father of modern science fiction)
John Wesley
Ellen G. White (Founder Seventh Day Adventists Church)
William Wordsworth


Partial Vegetarian/Vegans:

Guatama Buddha - the Buddha taught his monks against killing animals, but, since they were to live on alms, to accept meat given to them so long as the animal had not been killed specifically for their benefit.

Rabbi Isaac Luria - ate meat one meal a week for religious reasons, on other times vegetarian


links - Famous Vegetarians - Links - links

web pages International Vegetarian Union - Famous Vegetarians - lists according to category

web page Famous Vegetarians/Vegans - An excellent list of famous vegetarians, past and present. Compiled with the aid of press cuttings and other contributions. Occasionally articles mistakenly suggest that a celebrity is vegetarian which may later be found to not be the case (check out the famous non-vegetarians ;-)

Atomjack node Vegetarianism  - a smaller list, not all names are valid, check with the list on the above site for confirmation

web page Famous Vegetarians, Vegans & Quotes


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