Russell Simmons on Ellen: Why I'm Vegan

russellSimmonsEllen.jpgEarlier this month, hip-hop mogul and entrepreneur Russell Simmons appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and spoke about his reasons for being vegan. Elaborating on his reasons, Simmons wrote an insightful piece for Ellen's website entitled "Russell Simmons: Why I'm Vegan" in which he explains, "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."

Crediting his teachers at Jivamukti Yoga in New York City for inspiring him to change his eating habits, Simmons goes on to talk about his efforts to bring healthier food options to inner-city communities and schools where the most accessible food is fast food and where diet-related illnesses, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes are common.

"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 and death," says Simmons.

In conclusion, Simmons acknowledges that there is still a lot of work to be done "before everyone's consciousness is open to making these changes" and he encourages people to help spread the word about the plights of animals by sharing videos with their friends and family and by switching to a healthy vegetarian diet.

With New Year's fast approaching, there is no better time to resolve to go vegan. Visit for tips and recipes to help you get started.