Monday, October 12, 2009

13 Great Vegetarians From History

Treehugger has a slideshow up on their website representing 13 Great Vegetarians From History. Here's the one on Leonardo Da Vinci:

Not much is known about the personal life of Leonardo Da Vinci. His love of animals, however, is well documented. From letters and writings, historians know that Da Vinci was a vegetarian who would buy caged birds then set them free. He explained this practice, saying "if man wants freedom why keep birds and animals in cages? Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places! I have since an early age abjured the use of meat."

Check out more great vegetarians here:


Janice Gillett said...


Tuco said...

Wow - Coltrane was a vegetarian? That adds about a gazillion points to the vegetarian "coolness" index!

I always think we have to be careful about who we embrace as vegetarian/vegans. I remember when lots of veggie bloggers (including me) happily declared that Clint Eastwood was a vegan. A year or so later I came across a NY Times interview with him. The interviewer asked him about his veganism and Clint said "my what?!" - completely surprised that rumours had gone out saying he was vegan (he's not apparently).

Matt Stone said...

Looks like he had scoliosis from his vegetarian diet to me.

Sarah Irving said...

There's a lot of surprising things in the history of vegetarianism - not least the origins of the modern Vegetarian Society in a small church congregation in industrial Salford in the 19th century. See

John said...

Awesome i love that.