Based off of some of the feedback we got on our last post, it’s not a very well known fact that Russell Simmons is a vegan. But believe it or not he is, and is also outspoken about his beliefs, and during a recent chat with Don Imus on Imus In The Morning it turns out that the radio host is vegan too!
Who knew? Not me. But I certainly did like hearing both of them jive talk about it.
When Imus asked Simmons what he would say to someone who wasn’t familiar with what he does for a living, Simmons responded, “I’m an animal activist and a gay rights advocate.”
We like the sound of that! Then Imus asked if Simmons eats meat.
“No, I’m a vegan… I’ve been a vegan for ten years,” Simmons replied.
Then Imus interjected that he too is a vegan… It’s spreading (thank goodness)! And the two shared back and forth thoughts on veganism and the inhumane treatment of animals.
“It’s one of the worst karmic disasters in human history,” Simmons said. “Fifteen billion suffering farm animals.”
Imus furthered, “People, who, for example, go get a big ol’ bucket of chicken. The way those chickens are housed and slaughtered and tormented. I really think you’re taking on the karma of the chicken.” He then added, “These are tormented, tortured animals. They can feel pain just like you can.”
But here’s the horror-film twist, Imus has a cattle ranch! “I’m not against people who eat whatever they want to eat,” he stated. “But I do support humane slaughtering of animals, and the feeding and care of them.”
Now, some less zen vegans out there may have lost their cool at that point. But Simmons stayed calm and replied, “I’m just a person who doesn’t eat animal products… I would say the way they’re slaughtered is horrible.”
Check out the video below to hear Simmons’ full response to Imus owning a cattle farm and supporting the “humane” slaughter of animals.