PUBLISHED ON: 6 December 2012
This glamorous club includes Grammy, Emmy and Oscar winners, elite athletes, and of course a President! Natalie Portman, Russell Brand, Missy Higgins, Ben Stiller, Anne Hathaway, Peter Siddle... The cast of vegan and vegetarian stars is growing fast.
Academy Award-winning director James Cameron (Avatar) is one of the most recent to make the transition to a plant-based diet, saying "it's not a requirement to eat animals, we just choose to do it, so it becomes a moral choice."
So what's got these red-carpet stars going green?
"We don't need to eat anyone who would run, swim, or fly away if he could."
- James Cromwell
"A vegan driving a Hummer contributes less to global greenhouse emissions than a meat-eater riding a bicycle."
- Captain Paul Watson
"[Since going vegan] all my blood tests are good, and my vital signs are good, and I feel good. I also have more energy."
- Bill Clinton
(who went vegan after suffering heart problems for a second time)
While many people jump head first into cruelty-free living, others make the shift with gradual steps, such as getting on board with Meat Free Mondays — a campaign championed internationally by Paul McCartney, and which has just launched in Australia too.
And it's hard to look past those who've gained fame for their amazing plant-powered feats, like 77 year old body builder Jim Morris, or 70 year old Annette Larkins, who credits her incredibly youthful looks to her raw vegan diet.
Closer to home, the remarkable vegan couple, Alan Murray and Janette Murray-Wakelin ran the length of New Zealand in 2000 — 50 marathons in 50 days, in their 50's. In 2013, both in their 60's, they are planning to go one better and run around Australia for charity (including Animals Australia).