28 British Celebrities Who Won’t Be Eating Turkey This Christmas

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It’s estimated that 11 per cent of Brits, including these compassionate stars, will be tucking into a delicious meat-free Christmas dinner this year – one in which the centrepiece isn’t the carcase of an animal. Join them!

1. Not only will singing sensation Leona Lewis not be serving any animal products on Christmas Day, she also won’t be wearing any. (Leona doesn’t wear fur, leather or suede.) Now that’s compassion in fashion!

2. Paul McCartney, who famously said that “if slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian”, teamed up with PETA to encourage fans to keep cruelty off the Christmas table.

    3.  Joanna Lumley, the “Absolutely Fabulous”, is still as fabulous as ever. What’s her secret? Not being part of the “blood chain”, as the longtime vegetarian puts it.  

4. Emeli Sandé is one of the biggest names in the music business. And she uses her voice to promote a plant-based diet.

5. Made in Chelsea’s Lucy Watson has never been one to shy away from drama or keep her opinions to herself, especially when animals are involved.

6. JME – “Kale, yeah”, the grime artist and Boy Better Known founder is vegan!

7. The Wanted’s Jay McGuiness knows that animal agriculture pollutes our airways and waterways – and that not eating meat is the single most effective thing that people can do to reduce their carbon footprint.

8. Football legend Phil Neville scored a winning goal for his health and for animals when he switched to a vegetarian lifestyle.

9. Meat and dairy products are linked to obesity, cancer and diabetes. No wonder so many people report feeling better after ditching animal products. Just ask singer Ellie Goulding, who says, “I went vegan a few months ago. I feel leaner and healthier”.

10. TV personality and longtime vegetarian Fiona Phillips understands that Christmas is meant to be a time of goodwill for all, including animals.

11. Bring Me the Horizon frontman Oli Sykes is a badass with a soft side. “When I saw how animals are tortured on factory farms, I couldn’t justify being a part of that cruelty. I thought, ‘Imagine if that were me.'” Hell, yeah!

12. A vegetarian since the age of 14, Russell Brand says, “I don’t see why someone should lose their life just so you can have a snack”.

13. I scream. You scream. We all scream for (vegan) ice cream! Just ask McFly’s Tom Fletcher.

14. Comedian John Bishop has been meat-free for nearly three decades, which may account for his unflappable energy on stage!

15. Gabrielle Aplin, the singer of “The Power of Love”, extends her love to animals.

16. Jodie Marsh knows that animals are not walking roasts. She says, “I could never eat a dog, and I don’t see how a chicken, a sheep, a pig or any animal is any different, because all animals have a mind and a personality”.

17. Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton is meat-free every day – but also encourages meat-eaters to give plant-based foods a try, even just one day a week.

18. Never one to hold back, legendary rocker Morrissey fearlessly mouths off about the meat trade every chance he gets. And guess what? He wants you to join him.

19. The Darkness’ Justin Hawkins understands the struggle … wink.

20. Actor Thandie Newton won’t be eating meat this Christmas – and she won’t be eating dairy products, either.

21. “I remember a specific conversation with my mum, and she told me that pigs cry when they know they’re going to die. … I just couldn’t really contemplate bein’ part of that process”, says Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite.

22. Socialite and designer Meg Mathews never misses the opportunity to spread the vegan message – check out her wheels! Meg Mathews 23. Still think vegans are scrawny weaklings? Say it to boxer David Haye‘s face. Dare ya.

24. You tend to feel better about yourself when you’re not using your body as a graveyard for animal corpses. Rapper Skepta seems to agree. “You know when you go gym and you walk out, you feel good about yourself? I feel good about myself that I don’t eat meat.”

25. Singer Joss Stone has never eaten an animal, and she admitted to PETA that she actually used to sing “Amazing Grace” to the cows in the field. Awww. 26. Les Misérables performer Samantha Barks has been vegetarian since childhood and says that if she hadn’t gone into acting, she might have become a veggie chef.

27. Ninjas need strength. And parkour champion Tim Shieff gets his entirely through plant-based foods.

28. Guitar legend Jeff Beck says, “You can’t just carve animals up – it’s not necessary”. And with so many delicious faux-meat options available, it’s hard to disagree.

Join these celebs and celebrate the holidays while leaving animals off your plate. Order a free vegan starter kit today, and check out our guide for how to have a vegan Christmas feast with all the trimmings!

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  • Louise commented on December 13, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    It’s great to see such a diverse group of celebrity’s promoting vegetarianism. Good on them all for showing it to be a really positive and easily achieved lifestyle!

    • Angela Connelly commented on December 18, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      Stand together for what you believe to be just right.

  • johanna commented on December 18, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Just goes to show all the cool people are animal lovers

  • Dave Welch commented on December 18, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Not eating meat is a great start for animal wellfare but there are far more evil things happening than the west eating animals-if you look on PETA sites regarding Dogs and Cats even Puppies and Kittens are Skinned and Cooked ALIVE in Asia mainly China but many more like Korea.
    There are pics and videos on my facebook alone that will sicken !
    We must petition Government and Stars and print flyers to put up in Collages and Universities to get student support too ! To get this STOPPED If we say we will NOT buy your goods until this STOPS it WILL Money Always TALKS !!!

    • Laura Jones commented on December 21, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      Animal are treated horribly for many “reasons” – but for me it all begins with the meat trade. The idea that life is for sale or for use is the root of all you have mentioned. The practice needs to be illegal just like slavery. There will always be people who abuse others, but it shouldn’t be endorsed by law.

    • Ann Evans commented on January 16, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      Pigs are boiled alive all the time. Cows are skinned alive. No difference.

  • Helen Clarke commented on December 18, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    It’s the way forward. I was vegetarian from the age 9 then at 24 ate meat again. A few mouths ago I decided to go back vegetarian, and in new year I’m getting rid of all my leather shoes boots and going vegan!. It’s fantastic to see so many celebrities doing the same.

  • Maria Lawson commented on December 18, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    its heart warming to see all these famous fabulous people supporting animal welfare. Me & all my family have been veggies for more than 30yrs & could never go back. Here’s hoping more celebs will have the courage to come forward & be a voice for the voiceless!

  • wiggy commented on December 18, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    vegetarians, could i just point out, whats the point of not eating the flesh but eating milk and cheese, knowing that a baby cow is ripped from its mother, so you lot can drink the milk, then mamma cow is raped by a man artificially inseminating her, so she produces more babies to have taken from her and produce more milk. can i just also remind you all of the ever increasing pus count in milk. not to mention illnesses in humans directly related to the consumption of dairy…. i m glad you ve all made the first step, but think about it and get on with taking that final vital choice… cos its actually quite pointless to not go the whole hog… peace and love to all…. may all beings live free from fear. <3

    • Angela Stark commented on December 19, 2014 at 11:29 pm

      I agree with this totally. I have been veggie for 30 years BUT am still finding it hard to make the final step and go vegan. I aim to keep on trying though and all this info is really helping me AND convincing me it is right to do so……and I live in Wales and am surrounded by fields (sprayed with chemicals) of sheep and lambs yet it all looks so pretty even in winter.

    • Larry smith commented on March 21, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      Soya milk is the best and not a animal was hurt !

  • Mena Coffey commented on December 19, 2014 at 2:20 am

    with so many faux products why are animals still being used for food. plz plz plz continue your great work in helping this end

  • sandra quinn commented on December 19, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I still cant believe some people who say you need to eat meat.the believe it

  • anne de Solere commented on December 19, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    On reconnait la grandeur d’une nation de la manière dont les animaux y sont traités!!!! Gandhi

  • Peter commented on December 20, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    As far as I’m concerned everyone who is veggie should be celebrated!

  • celebrity smile commented on January 21, 2015 at 3:45 am

    Their teeth will be better for it and the animals will appreciate it too

  • Celebrity Complection commented on January 21, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    We don’t need meat to be healthy inside and out.

  • Larry smith commented on March 21, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    MEAT IS MURDER .

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