United States Congressman Kucinich said he stopped eating animal products due to the influence of former girlfriend Yelena Boxer, who was vegan. In an interview his wife, Elizabeth Kucinich, said, “I think it’s a combination of three things. One is compassion. A vegan diet is in line with what we’re trying to create in the world. Equal to that is sustainability. We understand feeding all of our plant-based foods to animals is an inefficient way of feeding people. Then there’s health. We’re constantly traveling through different time zones. The vegan diet just gives us energy. We’re not trying to convert anyone, but we do talk about the benefits of the choices we’ve made.” (Source: Eatingwell.com) Both he and his wife have tried to raise awareness about vegetarian food and its benefits for the environment and health. He went vegan in 1995.
Coretta Scott King
The wife of Martin Luther King was known to be a vegetarian, and various sources confirm this fact. A Washington Post journalist in 2006 wrote of traveling with Scott King to a weight loss center in Florida where she only ate raw vegetables for a week. She did not see herself only asa wife and mother, but an equal participant in the civil rights movement.
“When whites bombed our home in Montgomery, Alabama, I was in the home with my infant daughter. We could have been killed, but I refused to give in to fear, because I had a wonderful role model, my father, Obadiah, who, like Martin, was one of the most fearless men I ever met.” (Source: TheWashingtonPost.com)
She worked on various charitable causes, such as raising awareness about the devastation caused by land mines, and children’s health in developing countries. It has also been reported she was aware of animal abuse, and did what she could personally to refrain from practices contributing to it.
“She also annoyed the royal family by refusing to take part in hunting expeditions. She could not condone the hurting or killing of animals.” (Source: EuroVeg)
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