UFC 136 is happening right now. Among the names on the fight card, there’s Aaron Simpson, a fighter fueled by a vegetarian diet and a supporter of animal rights. Earlier this evening, he won his fight against Eric Schafer, proving once again that vegetarians can kick butt too.
Aaron Simpson did an interview with peta2 a few weeks ago where he talked about why he became a vegetarian.
My wife has been a vegetarian going on 10 years. Everything she taught me about being a vegetarian made sense to me. I considered myself an animal lover (like most people), yet by eating meat I was contributing to the deaths of so many animals. So, with the birth of our twin babies, 3 years ago, I was on my way towards becoming a vegetarian. We always talked about raising our kids vegetarian and teaching them compassion and empathy for all living things. I could no longer be a hypocrite and stand by and eat animals. So, almost two years ago, I stopped eating meat. All along I justified it by saying that as a high level athlete I needed to eat meat to stay strong and fit. Little did I know, this was the furthest thing from the truth. It actually really made sense with me when I read Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, as it was backed by facts as to why it is wrong and unhealthy to eat animals.
Check out the rest of the interview here.