28 Celebrities That Are Vegetarian or Vegan
Why did this extraordinary group of talented individuals make the choice?
1. Paul McCartney
2. Alicia Silverstone
Sexy Hollywood star Alicia Silverstone bares all in PETA’s first-ever naked veggie testimonial.
3. Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck takes aim at the meat industry by exposing its shameful abuse of animals in his vegetarian testimonial.
4. Georges Laraque
NHL star Georges Laraque may be one of the most feared enforcers in the league, but he has a huge soft spot for animals―and he is vegan!
5. Mike White
Find out how writer, director, actor and producer Mike White’s dog influenced his decision to stop eating animals.
6. Carol Leifer
After finding out how animals are treated by the factory-farming industry, comedian and writer Carol Leifer stopped eating them, lost 20 pounds and has never felt better.
7. Geezer Butler
Find out what made legendary Black Sabbath and Heaven and Hell bassist Geezer Butler stop eating meat as a child.
8. Owain Yeoman
After finding out how animals raised for food are treated, the Mentalist star dropped the flesh from his diet and has never felt better or looked better.
9. Masta Killa
The Wu-Tang Clan’s Masta Killa stars in a PETA “veggie testimonial.” Find out why the MC is raising his son, Eternal, as a vegetarian too.
10. Daniela Sea
After learning what happens to animals raised and killed for food, The L Word’s Daniela Sea made the decision to stop eating animals because they are not ours to torture and dominate.
11. Joan Jett
Joan Jett’s love for animals led her to give meat the boot. She later discovered the health and environmental benefits as well! Watch her “veggie testimonial” and consider kicking the meat habit.
12. Bryan Adams
Singer, songwriter and photographer extraordinaire Bryan Adams is taking a stand against cruelty to animals by not eating them.
13. John Salley
Basketball legend John Salley tells fans why being vegetarian is the “best damn way to eat—period” and how losing the meat helped improve his game.
14. Sadie Frost
Fashion designer, style icon and vegetarian since birth, Sadie Frost is giving her four children the “very best start in life” by raising them on a meat-free diet.
15. Forest Whitaker
Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker recorded this testimonial with his daughter, True, to tell fans about being a vegetarian.
16. John Norris
MTV’s John Norris shares with the world exactly why he went vegetarian in his veggie testimonial for PETA.
17. James Cromwell
James Cromwell knows animals deserve respect, not torture. In his testimonial, he shares why he chooses vegetarianism when he sits down to eat.
18. Jorja Fox
In her testimonial, Jorja Fox encourages fans to investigate vegetarianism to help reduce the number of animals who are put to death every year.
19. Peter Dinklage
In Peter Dinklage’s vegetarian testimonial, he asks fans to join him in making kind choices by not hurting animals or asking others to hurt animals for them.
20. Kevin Nealon
Kevin Nealon’s tongue-in-cheek vegetarian testimonial takes a good-humored jab at meat-eaters while addressing the cruelty and negative health effects of meat.
21. Kevin Eubanks
Inspired by traditional sketch comedy, Kevin Eubanks dons a strawberry costume in his humorous vegetarian testimonial.
22. Joss Stone
Singer/songwriter Joss Stone is known for her powerful, soulful voice. Her testimonial introduces the world to her vegetarian side.
23. J.D. Fortune
Former INXS lead singer, J.D. Fortune, wants everyone to love animals and not eat them, just as he does.
24. Phil Collen
Being a rock star takes a lot of energy! Phil Collen talks about the benefits a vegetarian diet has had on his health and encourages others to give it a try.
25. Mac Danzig
Ultimate Fighter Mac Danzig doesn’t need to feed on animals to fuel his fight. He tells his fans why he’s vegan in his testimonial.
26. Maureen Shea
Boxer Maureen Shea shares her secret to having the physical edge over her opponents—she’s a vegetarian.
27. Chris Adler
Lamb of God’s Chris Adler went vegetarian after learning what happens to animals in factory farms.
28. Brian Fair
Brian was inspired to go vegetarian by The Smiths’ Meat Is Murder and wanted the opportunity to help inspire others.
Why not go vegan and start saving lives today? Improve your health, help the environment and do your part to reduce cruelty to animals and animal suffering by giving up meat!
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When hurricanes and other extreme storms unleash downpours like Tropical Storm Beta has been doing in the South, the floodwater doesn't always stay within the government's flood risk zones.
New research suggests that nearly twice as many properties are at risk from a 100-year flood today than the Federal Emergency Management Agency's flood maps indicate.
Flooding Outside the Zones<p>About <a href="https://furmancenter.org/files/Floodplain_PopulationBrief_12DEC2017.pdf" target="_blank">15 million</a> Americans live in FEMA's current 100-year flood zones. The designation warns them that their properties face a 1% risk of flooding in any given year. They must obtain flood insurance if they want a federally ensured loan – insurance that helps them recover from flooding.</p><p>In Greater Houston, however, <a href="https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1539-6924.2012.01840.x" target="_blank">47% of claims</a> made to FEMA across three decades before Hurricane Harvey were outside of the 100-year flood zones. Harris County, recognizing that FEMA flood maps don't capture the full risk, now <a href="https://www.hcfcd.org/floodinsurance" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">recommends that every household</a> in Houston and the rest of the county have flood insurance.</p><p>New risk models point to a similar conclusion: Flood risk in these areas outstrips expectations in the current FEMA flood maps.</p><p>One of those models, from the <a href="https://firststreet.org/flood-lab/research/2020-national-flood-risk-assessment-highlights/" target="_blank">First Street Foundation</a>, estimates that the number of properties at risk in a 100-year storm is 1.7 times higher than the FEMA maps suggest. Other <a href="https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aaac65" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">researchers</a> find an even higher margin, with 2.6 to 3.1 times more people exposed to serious flooding in a 100-year storm than FEMA estimates.</p>
What FEMA’s Flood Maps Miss<p>Understanding why areas outside the 100-year flood zones are flooding more often than the FEMA maps suggest involves larger social and environmental issues. Three reasons stand out.</p><p>First, some places rely on relatively old FEMA maps that don't account for recent urbanization.</p><p>Urbanization matters because impervious surfaces – think pavement and buildings – are not effective sponges like natural landscapes can be. Moreover, the process for updating floodplain maps is locally variable and can take years to complete. Famously, New York City was updating its maps when Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012 but hadn't finished, meaning flood maps in effect <a href="https://projects.propublica.org/nyc-flood/" target="_blank">were from 1983</a>. FEMA is required to assess whether updates are needed every five years, but the <a href="https://www.fema.gov/cis/nation.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">majority of maps</a> <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/assets/2017/OIG-17-110-Sep17.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">are older</a>.</p><p>Second, binary thinking can lead people to an underaccounting of risk, and that can mean communities fail to take steps that could protect a neighborhood from flooding. The logic goes: if I'm not in the 100-year floodplain, then I'm not at risk. Risk perception <a href="https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab195a" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">research</a> backs this up. FEMA-delineated flood zones are the major factor shaping flood mitigation behaviors.</p><p>Third, the era of climate change scuttles conventional assumptions.</p><p>As the planet warms, extreme storms are becoming <a href="https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/" target="_blank">more common and severe</a>. If greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase at a high rate, computer models suggest that the chances of a severe storm dropping 20 inches of rain on Texas in any given year will increase from about 1% at the end of the last century to 18% at the end of this one, a chance of <a href="https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1716222114" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">once every 5.5 years</a>. So far, <a href="https://www.rstreet.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/195.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">FEMA hasn't taken into account the impact climate change is having</a> on extreme weather and sea level rise.</p>
Racial Disparities in Flooding Outside the Zones<p>So, who is at risk?</p><p>Years of research and evidence from storms have highlighted social inequalities in areas with a high risk of flooding. But most local governments have less understanding of the social and demographic composition of communities that experience flood impacts outside of flood zones.</p><p>In analyzing the damage from Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area, I found that <a href="https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aba0fe" target="_blank">Black and Hispanic residents disproportionately experienced flooding</a> in areas beyond FEMA's 100-year flood zones.</p><p>With the majority of flooding from Hurricane Harvey occurring outside of 100-year flood zones, this meant that the overall impact of Harvey was racially unequal too.</p><p>Research into where flooding occurs in Baltimore, Chicago and Phoenix points to some of the potential causes. <a href="https://www.nap.edu/read/25381/chapter/4#16" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">In Baltimore and Chicago</a>, for example, aging storm and sewer infrastructure, poor construction and insufficient efforts to mitigate flooding are part of the flooding problem in some predominantly Black neighborhoods.</p>
What Can Be Done About It<p>Better accounting for those three reasons could substantively improve risk assessments and help cities prioritize infrastructure improvements and flood mitigation projects in these at-risk neighborhoods.</p><p>For example, First Street Foundation's risk maps account for <a href="https://firststreet.org/flood-lab/research/flood-model-methodology_overview/" target="_blank">climate change</a> and present <a href="https://floodfactor.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">ratings</a> on a scale from 1 to 10. FEMA, which works with communities to update flood maps, is <a href="https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1521054297905-ca85d066dddb84c975b165db653c9049/TMAC_2017_Annual_Report_Final508(v8)_03-12-2018.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">exploring rating systems</a>. And the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recently <a href="https://www.nationalacademies.org/news/2019/03/new-report-calls-for-different-approaches-to-predict-and-understand-urban-flooding" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">called for a new generation of flood maps</a> that takes climate change into account.</p><p>Including recent urbanization in those assessments will matter too, especially in fast-growing cities like Houston, where <a href="https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1boBRyDvMFW6W" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">386 new square miles</a> of impervious surfaces were created in the last 20 years. That's greater than the land area of New York City. New construction in one area can also <a href="https://scalawagmagazine.org/2018/01/city-in-a-swamp-as-houston-booms-its-flood-problems-are-only-getting-worse/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">impact older neighborhoods downhill</a> during a flood, as some Houston communities discovered in Hurricane Harvey.</p><p>Improving risk assessments is needed not just to better prepare communities for major flood events, but also to prevent racial inequalities – in housing and beyond – from <a href="https://www.npr.org/2019/03/05/688786177/how-federal-disaster-money-favors-the-rich" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">growing</a> after the unequal impacts of disasters.</p>
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