13 great vegetarians from history

1. Mohandas Gandhi

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Including Mohandas Gandhi in a group of vegetarians seems almost too obvious. Even so, such a list would not be complete without mentioning the famous advocate of non-violence. Gandhi wrote extensively about vegetarianism and once said that "I do feel that spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants."

October 2 is Gandhi's birthday's which is an excellent reason to eliminate meat from your diet, or at least skip it for the day. Whether you are motivated by a respect for the man, your compassion for animals, or, as many environmentalists are, a concern over the resource intensive nature the livestock industry, you will make a powerful statement and make one step towards being "the change you wish to see in the world."

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