Why These Famous Vegetarians and Vegans Pass on Meat

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Ellen DeGeneres

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Health benefits aside, many vegetarians and vegans feel strongly about animal rights. DeGeneres, a comedian and talk-show host, credits her wake-up call to Skinny Bitch, a book that promotes veganism, and Earthlings, a documentary about the treatment of animals. On going vegan, DeGeneres told Katie Couric: "I do it because I love animals. And I saw the reality and I just couldn't ignore it anymore." She says she's now healthier and happier to boot. (Incidentally, her wife, actress Portia de Rossi, is also a vegan; their 2008 wedding featured an all-vegan menu, including vegan red velvet cake, according to People magazine.)

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