Outspoken vegan Russell Simmons took to Twitter early this morning to advocate a vegan diet.
He tweeted, “U r what u eat. Don’t eat anxious sad sic(k) animals born into suffering then stuffed w/poison go vegan.”
The 55-year-old business mogul has been vegetarian for 18 years and vegan for about 13. He credits yoga classes and the teachings of his gurus for the change in his eating habits.
In a piece written for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” website, Simmons says, “Yoga continues to teach me many things, perhaps the most important is the concept of non-violence in EVERY aspect of your life as a global citizen of the world. 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. The more I learned about factory farming and the cruelty animals raised for food must endure before they are led (or dragged) to slaughter, the more I realized that I could not, in good conscience, be a contributor to such violence.”
His second tweet talked about meat consumption’s impact on the environment. It read, “The greatest cause of global warming – 2x all trains planes and automobiles is cows farting….UN report go vegan.”
Simmons explains, “I am a father. I want my children and their children to have a healthy Earth to live in for many years to come. The impact on the Earth from eating meat is mind-blowing. Every year in the U.S., more than 27 billion animals are slaughtered for food. Meat consumption is poisoning and depleting our potable water, land and pure, clean air. More than half of the water used in the United States today goes to animal agriculture, and since animals on factory farms produce 130 times more waste than the human population, the result is polluting our waterways. Animal excrement emits gases, such as hydrogen sulfide and ammonia, which poison the air around farms, as well as methane and nitrous oxide, all resulting in the number one cause of global warming. This needs to stop.”
He concludes with a hopeful message that one day, through education, people will make smarter decisions for their bodies and take responsibility for their impact on the environment.
“Every day, more and more people are turning vegan, more children are looking at a rib and making the connection that it came from a suffering animal and more people are loving themselves and the Earth they live on just a little bit more by saying no to meat and dairy. By switching to a vegetarian diet, you can save more than 100 animals a year from this misery. But we have a long road ahead of us before everyone’s consciousness is open to making these changes. Until then, we spread the word, we show the videos and we say a silent prayer for the animals that continue suffer in a world that is not their own.”