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Liberation BC
July 2011

[Ed. Note: Also read Vegetarian/Vegan Diets Don't Limit Athletic Excellence.]

Aside from the stereotype of vegans and vegetarians as anemic, limp-wristed weaklings (which should be quite thoroughly shattered by now), itís interesting to see Wiman and Simpson taking an ethical stand on animal agriculture. Itís one thing to fight the misconception that you need to eat meat to be strong, but itís even better to fight the misconception that itís somehow unmanly to care about how animals are treated, or that only the overly sentimental are concerned with cruelty.

This is just a quick note on some animal-friendliness at July 2, 2011 UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) event. First, Matt Wiman, who lost a close & controversial decision to Dennis Siver, had the Meet Your Meat and Food Inc websites on his shorts.

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Second, I learned from the broadcast that middleweight Aaron Simpson has now gone vegan. (He went vegetarian several fights ago, after reading Eating Animals.) Simpson won every round of his fight with Brad Tavares on Saturday.

Itís not news that there are vegans and vegetarians at the top levels of mixed martial arts & other sportsĖand I donít know much about Wimanís dietĖbut this stands out to me as clashing with even more false stereotypes than usual. Aside from the stereotype of vegans and vegetarians as anemic, limp-wristed weaklings (which should be quite thoroughly shattered by now), itís interesting to see Wiman and Simpson taking an ethical stand on animal agriculture. Itís one thing to fight the misconception that you need to eat meat to be strong, but itís even better to fight the misconception that itís somehow unmanly to care about how animals are treated, or that only the overly sentimental are concerned with cruelty.

Here we have two people who make a career out of punching other people in the face, yet who find our treatment of farmed animals unconscionable. And theyíre not alone, either. Mac Danzig is probably the fighter most famous for being vegan, and heís another ethical veganĖit was his experience on a sanctuary that persuaded him to go vegan.

(From another angle, this also contrasts with the stereotype of professional fighters as boneheaded thugs. In fact, as professional athletes go, fighters tend to be highly educated & often quite thoughtful people.)


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