When Leo Tolstoy became a vegetarian, two of his children followed, but his wife and aunt didn’t. He didn’t pressure them, but sometimes teased them. His aunt once came to dinner and found a knife and a chicken on her chair. Tolstoy said “We knew you wanted chicken, but none of us would kill it”.
Gordon Ramsay intentionally fed a vegetarian volunteer meat on his show without telling him first as a prank. Ramsay laughed in his face and made fun of him when he complained after Gordon told him what he did. Ramsay previously admitted to doing something similar in 2003.
Benjamin Franklin became a vegetarian, in part because he could save half of what his brother paid him, to buy more books, he also considered the consumption of meat to be “unprovoked murder”.
In the UK, a 2015 study found that among professed vegetarians, 39% admitted to having eaten a kebab while under the influence of alcohol.
In the U.S., an average family of four emits more greenhouse gases because of the meat they eat than from driving two cars. If vegetarianism was adopted by 2050, it would stave off about 7 million deaths per year, experts estimate.
84% of Vegetarians and Vegans go back to eating meat.
Some vegans choose not to eat honey because they consider beekeeping to be slavery.
Tolstoy was an adamant vegetarian. In one instance his aunt requested chicken for dinner. When arriving at the table, she found a live chicken tied to her chair, and a butcher knife on her place mat.