Long-time vegan, yogi and fashion and entertainment guru, Russell Simmons, is not shy about his commitment to cruelty-free living, and his tweet yesterday proves just how seriously he is taking it. The entrepreneur tweeted:
Yelling at people because they design fur is a waste.. it is likely to cause anger and greater resistance then stop the abuse of animals
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) February 11, 2014
There’s no doubt Simmons treats his body as a temple, but he isn’t just vegan to honor his physique. When asked by Eatocracy why he turned to veganism without being raised plant-based, he said, “Fifteen billion farm animals are born into suffering. You want to cause less harm, which is the very first thing in the Yogi scripture. There are eight different parts of the practice, and the first part is the social laws – and the first thing is not harming.”
Simmons added, “You know that all the oil, a lot of the oil the army doesn’t take up, goes to making that food you eat, a lot of the grain, a lot of the water. The grain is causing more global warming over all the trains, planes and automobiles put together – and the worst Karmic disaster in the history of human kind. All those things put together – and it makes you sick. After all that, maybe you can decide not to on your own.”
The hip hop mogul is clearly concerned about the welfare of animals and the planet, but he aims to practice non-violence in all areas of his life. Perhaps he is extending this yogic principal to create a peaceful coexistence between vegans and non-vegans that will, in the end, create greater, more sustainable changes.
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