PETA recently snagged an interview with Rev. Al Sharpton in which he explains his inspiration for going vegetarian.
"I overhauled my diet after a 40-day hunger strike when I was in jail for the Vieques protest," explained Sharpton. "I dabbled with weight loss ideas, wanting to keep off the pounds I lost. First, I gave up red meat, then chicken.”
Sharpton, who serves as the host for MSNBC's PoliticsNation, continued, “I ran into Bill Clinton, who told me how he has more energy, needs less sleep, and can think more clearly since going vegan, and I can tell you the same thing happened to me. I also kept in mind the words of another vegetarian friend—Coretta Scott King—who always spoke of the ethical reasons to give up meat."
To hear more from Rev. Sharpton, watch the PETA interview below:
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