Russell Simmons: "There's no such thing as humane slaughter"
Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jam music label and author of The Happy Vegan, was recently interviewed by bimonthly magazine All Animals, founded by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). In the interview, Simmons elaborated more about his initial reasons for becoming a vegan almost 20 years ago, his book, and the “importance of showing compassion for all animals.” When asked why he initially adopted a plant-based diet, he stated:
“I started because of compassionate reasons. Once I became a vegan and especially when I began practicing yoga, all of the people who are vegan and yogis pointed to all the reasons we shouldn’t consume animals. Fifteen or 20 years ago, I started talking more about it. We want to have a planet to live on, which is second to the compassionate reason.”
While his book includes a “message of compassion for animals,” Simmons states that it focuses more on health because “that’s what people’s first instinct is–they’re concerned about health and the planet.” When it comes down to the reasons people give about choosing to consume meat, Simmons states that “there’s not one good argument to eat animals,” and adds:
“There’s no such thing as humane slaughter. The excuses I’ve heard don’t sit well with me. Unconscious behavior is typical of human beings.”
Simmons had also challenged many misconceptions about veganism in a cool, calm, and funny manner in this two-and-a-half minute segment earlier this year. To read the full interview with All Animals, visit this link.
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