russell brand
by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Causes
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When Russell Brand first started in show business, it appears that no act was too wild or offensive. A heroin and crack addict at the time, the comedian would do things like bring dead animals up onto stage and set fire to the Koran. He even chopped up pig’s heads. Doesn’t sound funny to us…

Thankfully, the British star has changed his ways and now has much more respect for all life, human and animal. He said about his big change, “I’d like you to make that clear, mate: I’m a vegetarian now, and I’m a great respecter of all religious backgrounds. I just want make people laugh and be kind to animals, especially the hairless apes that dominate this planet.”

It sure sounds like the world is a better place with Russell using his humor for good instead of evil.

Fellow comedian Sarah Silverman is a vegetarian and Ricky Gervais supports many animal and human causes. Perhaps there is something about compassion toward all things great and small that makes people especially funny.

Via Daily News

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About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • Joe

    Why mention Sarah Silverman if all she is is a vegetarian? She supports abortion. So killing animals = bad; killing unborn children = good?