1: Because…this is the most eloquent logic I have come across for not eating meat and it has absolutely nothing to do with vegan celebrities.
“When we walk around thinking we have a greater right to eat an animal than the animal has a right to live without suffering, it’s corrupting.”
Anti-cruelty campaigner and former poultry plant kill line worker known as ‘C’ in Jonathan Safran Foer’s book Eating Animals.
2: Because…it’s nice to see people were having the protein/calcium ‘debate’ back in the mid 1800s!
“One farmer says to me, ‘You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make the bones with,’ and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying himself with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.”
Henry David Thoreau, 19th century American essayist, abolitionist and early advocate of simple living.
3: Because…while you are what you eat, you are not only what you eat.
“I worry about becoming that person who thinks what they put in their mouth is important enough to merit a significant share of their time and energy every day.”
Journalist and vegan convert, Decca Aitkenhead, in her Guardian feature: My vegan experiment. After being diagnosed with breast cancer she talks with disarming honesty and a good measure of humour about facing up to the need to take care of her health.
4: Because…I like the idea that what I choose to feed myself and my family is a daily act of defiance: no placard needed.
“To be a vegetarian is to disagree – to disagree with the course of things today… starvation, cruelty – we must make a statement against these things. Vegetarianism is my statement. And I think it’s a strong one.”
Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish-born Jewish writer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (1978) and vocal supporter of vegetarianism.
5: Because…I just love that little bucket.