Vegetarians International Voice for Animals

Vegan & vegetarian sportspeople

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    I want to be an example for other current or potential vegan/vegetarian athletes, to show them that they're not alone and it can be done."
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    First, I no longer eat the suffering and pain of defenseless animals. Secondly, my body has become lighter, so to say “clearer”. Thirdly, in my profession, flexibility and elasticity are incredibly important, and I increased both of these. And fourthly, now I almost never suffer from a cold or flu."
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    70 percent of [grain] grown in North America is consumed by animals, not by humans, and it takes 16 pounds of grain to net 1 pound of meat. That’s a huge energy loss and an inefficient use of land."
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    My best year of track competition was the first year I ate a vegan diet."
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    I knew that rainforest land was used by large corporations for animals to graze, and did not want to contribute to environmental degradation. I also found I felt healthier, more energetic, and alive when I didn't eat meat or dairy products."
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    We had steers and lambs on our property when I was a child. I came home one day and out of nine head of cattle all had been sold except one that I had named Charley. He let me go up to him and I just loved that steer to death. Then another day I came home and my brother opened up the freezer which was totally full of meat. He said, ‘Charley’s in the freezer!’ So that is how I became a vegetarian at ten years old."
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    A plant-based diet is certainly the key to getting the most out of our bodies. It also feels great to know that no animal had to suffer for my successes.”
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    Being a vegetarian, not eating saturated fats, my arteries aren't clogged up. Oxygen goes to the cells, waste is delivered from them. Basically, you aren't killing yourself."
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    People ask me if I want to get a steak and I tell them I actually don’t eat that, or any meat or dairy. They’re usually thinking, ‘Wait, you’re supposed to be small and weak.’ But of course they can’t say that when they’re looking at me.”
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    I watched a TV documentary about how animals are farmed, killed and prepared for us to eat, I saw all those cows and pigs and realised I couldn't be a part of it any more. It was horrible. I did some research to make sure I could still obtain enough protein to fight and, once satisfied that I could, I stopped. I'll never go back."
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    Once you read about the meat and dairy industry and the things they do, it is hard to keep supporting them. I didn't want to partake in the killing of animals or spend my money on the whole system... I think the way I eat should be commonplace. I treat it that way. There is no need to be overly proud of it. It would be like proclaiming: "I didn't cheat on my wife!" Well, of course, you are not supposed to be doing that. You shouldn't be eating meat, either."
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    Obviously, the health benefits of being vegan are written in stone but I honestly believe the most benefit to me being vegan is that I do not carry the burden of guilt that I would have to endure knowing that I abused others for my own benefit".
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  • Heather Mills vegan gold and silver medal winners in world disabled skiing events
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    Okay, what would be good for my family, the animals and good for the planet? It is without any argument eating a vegan diet. It's as simple as that!"
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    It was truly a ‘eureka’ moment. I had a bunch of friends that were vegan while I still ate meat and dairy. I have always been a bit of an environmentalist, walking or riding my bike instead of driving etc, and after talking with them for a bit, and realising how horribly my current habits affected the planet and animals, which I’ve always loved, I went vegan overnight"
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    I did some research and watched Forks over Knives and Earthlings and decided that I didn’t want any part of animal cruelty, not to mention putting poison in my body."
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    I believe that moving towards a more plant-based diet, was the major reason I was able to continue playing professional tennis throughout my forties."
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    I’m a very compassionate person so hearing about animal abuse kind of triggered something in me that maybe I should try it."
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    It certainly makes me feel like a better person for the change and knowing we can get everything we need on a plant based diet.”
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    I will be a vegan for life now, there's no way I'd ever go back to eating meat and dairy. I believe it's the healthiest diet for humans and I also believe strongly in animal rights."
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    Two and a half million animals a day are being slaughtered. That is a damning statistic that we need to do something about.”
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    Not only seeing the health benefits and issues with eating animal foods, it was the environmental edge too that made me really start to realize, OK, how can I have a bigger impact?"
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    Injustices can’t go on forever, and we’re in the midst of a massive shift. 20% of 16- to 25-year-olds are now vegetarian or vegan [in the UK], compared with 12% of the country. This generation really gets it. And they’re only going to grow older, and new generations will be more sensitive and more proactive. Kids understand why they shouldn’t eat animals. So as they grow up, in the next 20 to 30 years, I think we’ll get kids saying, “Mummy, Daddy, I can’t believe you used to eat animals."
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