Top 10 Famous Vegans

5. Joaquin Phoenix (Age 37)

He's made use of his famous name in order to advocate for animal rights by narrating the Earthlings documentary that made Ellen turn vegan, and filming the PETA commercial above, quite fitting for Thanksgiving week.

And despite his controversial life in the public eye, including a stint in rehab for alcoholism, a cringe-worthy venture into rapping and a supposed retirement from acting (the rapping and retirement both turned out to be hoaxes), the plant-based vegan diet has remained a constant in Phoenix's life. In an interview with Animal Liberation Front, he vividly recalled turning vegan at age 3. Yup, age 3.

"My family and I were on a boat, catching fish. As one fish was caught, he was writhing, then he was thrown against the side of the boat. You couldn't disguise what it was. This was what we did to animals to eat them. The animal went from a living, vibrant creature fighting for life to a violent death."

4. Alicia Silverstone (Age 35)

The former Clueless actress says, "As if!" to the thought of eating animal products. Excuse the film reference, but we couldn't resist. Silverstone shared the reasons behind her diet with Oprah back in 2010, saying her Clueless days were full of steak and donuts, not much else. Sixteen years later, she's created somewhat of an empire out of her veganism. She wrote a cookbook, The Kind Life, and launched a lifestyle and food website to accompany her book.

3. Russell Simmons (Age 54)

This Def Jam co-founder and mogul strongly abides by the power of yoga, saying the ritual led him to see the harm in consuming animal products. According to what he wrote in a post for The Ellen Show site, his yoga mentors taught him to understand the sanctity of his body and the importance of a "non-violent" lifestyle. For Simmons, that meant stopping his contribution to animal suffering and the global effects of animal consumption. He wrote, "The more I opened myself up to the idea of the full scope of exactly what non-violence translates to, the less interested I became in consuming the energy associated with the flesh of an animal that only knew suffering in his/her life and pain and terror in its death."

2. Mike Tyson (Age 35) The former boxer's bizarre public trajectory got a little weirder when Animal Planet gave Tyson his own reality show, Taking On Tyson, where he nurtures and races pigeons. But it turns out that Tyson has been a lifelong bird-lover, and his first punch as a child was directed at a boy who killed one of his birds. Tyson went vegan in 2009 and said it made him feel better than ever.

1.Thom Yorke (Age 43)

The Radiohead frontman lists the song "Meat Is Murder" by The Smiths as one of the reasons he chose to go vegan (Morrissey, the famous Smiths frontman, is vegetarian). Yorke told the United Kingdom's Animal Aid that aside from the song, meat consumption caused him physical illness until he gave it up for good (plus, he was trying to impress a girl). Animal Aid cites Yorke as a vegetarian, but MTV Europe confirmed Yorke is a vegan.



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