Russell Simmons, 2008.
Born Russell Wendell Simmons on October 4, 1957. He is
an American business magnate. He is the co-founder of the hip-hip label
Def Jam and creator of the clothing lines Phat Farm,
and American Classics. He sold Phat Farm in 2004 and
stepped down as their CEO in 2007. He is the
editor-in-chief of the online social network community
Global Grind. He
is also a long-time supporter for gay rights and believes in marriage
equality. He is the author of several books, including
Life and Def
and Do You!
and Super Rich.
You can find his website at
He became vegetarian around 1995 and vegan
around 2000. His clothing line
completely cruelty-free. It contains no fur, leather or wool.
Quotes by Russell Simmons:
|"I was raised eating meat just
like most other Americans. I believed that finishing my dinner
and gulping down my milk would make me grow up to be big and
strong. ... Never once did I consider
exactly what I was eating or what happened to the animal before
it reached my plate."
|"A hamburger was something stuck between
two buns -- not a cow, a wing was something you dipped in BBQ
sauce -- not a chicken, and milk was something you drank as a
human, never realizing it was only meant for a calf."
|"It wasn't until about fifteen years ago
[article 2010] when I began taking yoga classes at Jivamukti
Yoga Center in NYC that I became vegetarian."
|"Iím a yogi. Yoga scripture
was written long before there was ever Buddhist scripture, or
before there was the Bible or Koran or a Torah. Yoga sutras are
science for happiness. My religion is compassion. Yoga sutras
are a science that I practice daily, and religiously."
|"The more I opened myself up to the idea
of the full scope of exactly what non-violence translates to,
the less interested I became in consuming the energy associated
with the flesh of an animal that only knew suffering in his/her
life and pain and terror in its death. The more I learned about
factory farming and the cruelty animals raised for food must
endure before they are led (or dragged) to slaughter, the more I
realized that I could not, in good conscience, be a contributor
to such violence."
|"About ten years ago [article 2010], I
began to live my life in what many vegans refer to as "fully
awake." I became a full-on vegan and have never looked back."
|"Being a thoughtful vegan
makes our time on this Earth more peaceful and joyous, because
you get to have a hand in promoting and increasing the
happiness, good health and well-being of others -- both animal
and human -- rather than being an instrument of their suffering
|"We know that the raising of these animals
for food is twice as harmful to the environment as all the forms
of transportation put together. We know that. That is common
sense, but it is not passed around."
|"The impact on the Earth from
eating meat is mind-blowing. Every year in the U.S., more than
27 billion animals are slaughtered for food. Meat consumption is
poisoning and depleting our potable water, land and pure, clean
air. More than half of the water used in the United States today
goes to animal agriculture, and since animals on factory farms
produce 130 times more waste than the human population, the
result is polluting our waterways. Animal excrement emits gases,
such as hydrogen sulfide and ammonia, which poison the air
around farms, as well as methane and nitrous oxide, all
resulting in the number one cause of global warming. This needs
|"I am particularly saddened
that in poor urban communities the cheapest, most accessible
food is fast food, which is also the most likely to increase the
risk of developing various diseases and illnesses, including
heart attacks, strokes, cancer, diabetes and obesity."
|"I am optimistic that through
education, people, especially parents, will be able to make wise
decisions about what pollutants they want to avoid putting into
their children's bodies and take responsibility as humans for
our part in the destruction of Mother Earth."
|"Every day, more and more
people are turning vegan, more children are looking at a rib and
making the connection that it came from a suffering animal and
more people are loving themselves and the Earth they live on
just a little bit more by saying no to meat and dairy."
|His clothing line
completely cruelty-free. When asked whether he thinks that
sustainable fashion makes business sense, he answered:
|"Yes. There are all kinds of alternatives
to fur and a lot of creative alternatives to leather and all
kinds of money to be made. And thereís a white space, and as
more people become more conscious, there is an opportunity to do
a lot more things that are creative and different. Thereís a big
hole as more people are becoming more aware and would like to
know that their products are less harmful to the earth and to
|"We donít use animal products, so no
leather. We use cotton for the sweaters, not wool. "
|"We spread the word, we show
the videos and we say a silent prayer for the animals that
continue to suffer in a world that is not their own."
Quotes are from his
2010 article for Ellen's Life Why I'm Vegan, his
2011 interview with Couterre and his