Times are hard at the Postal Service: It might even shut down this year. But they’re still rolling out commemorative sets of stamps, including a new PETA edition that highlights famous vegetarians. Among the famous veggie eaters? Russell Simmons, the founder of Def Jam, who is on a stamp now. Seriously, think of it. The guy who put out the first Beastie Boys album is on a stamp. For eating hummus instead of hamburgers, but still.
Here’s what he said about choosing to be a vegetarian:
“When they said dominion over the animals, I don’t think they meant the abusive 10 billion farm animals every year, which is what we do here in America,” Simmons continued. “I feel better, I look better, so it’s a big change for me. You have more clarity and I think that all of us want to be more clear. I wanted to look younger and feel better and wanted to be a greater contributor to the good on the planet […] The more I learned about factory farming… the more I realized that I could not, in good conscience, be a contributor to such violence.”