1. Kris Carr: After being diagnosed with a rare and incurable stage 4-cancer in her early thirties, Kris promptly took control of her situation, adopted a vegan diet and saved her own life. She now spends her time spreading the word every way she can to help others do the same.
2. Brendan Brazier: Professional ironman triathlete, two-time 50km ultra marathon champion, and fellow Canadian Brendan is the creator of the whole food nutritional products line called Vega. Brendan has authored three books with the desire to draw attention to the role food plays in the prevention of most chronic diseases plaguing North Americans.
3. Alicia Silverstone: Alicia has long been an advocate for animals and is helping to spread the word on the benefits of a vegan diet not only through her book ‘The Kind Diet’, but through her online community The Kind Life as well. Her concern for animals and the environment is evident in everything she does and she truly leads by example.
4. Woody Harrelson: Woody is a long-time environmental activist and vegan who inspires others with a joy and love for the lifestyle that is infectious. He does not compromise his values or beliefs, as evidenced by the vegan cornmeal faux-twinkies he ate to replace regular twinkies in his film Zombieland and continues to raise awareness for the cause with light and love.
5. Ellen DeGeneres: Ellen not only advocates for animals using her celebrity and money, but by committing her precious time to the cause. In 2010 she served as campaign ambassador to Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey project, asking people to start a new tradition by adopting a turkey instead of eating one.
The truth is anyone who commits to a cruelty-free lifestyle, for whatever reason, is an inspiration to me. I hope to learn from their examples and encourage and inspire others to do the same.