Tyson, who has been vegan for over a year and a half, said about being part of this PSA with Last Chance for Animals’ “I am truly honored and grateful to be a part of this cause. It’s been a while since an organization has wanted me for anything and to be a part of something that benefits people and animals in such a positive way is a blessing.”
On being asked what it is like being vegan, Tyson replied; “I have been a vegan for almost two years now and the benefits have been tremendous. I have more stamina and it helps keep me in a positive state of mind. I didn’t realize how weighed down I was when I ate meat. I never really felt 100 percent until I freed it from my diet. Now, I can’t imagine going back to meat. I feel incredible.”
Aw I was sad when I read that comment about it being a long time since an organization has wanted to work with him. Then I remembered he’s a rapist. That sobered me right up! But there are many people who adopt a vegan diet as an anti-violence stance so maybe it is part of a self-imposed rehabilitation. After all, there are all those great “dogs behind bars" programs that help inmates learn empathy and how to care for another being through caring for a dog. They’ve proven very successful. And people who abuse animals often have a history of violence against people too so maybe they are intrinsically related.
Maybe veganism is the only way for society to become truly non-violent. Maybe? A wise man (aren’t they all?) once said, “As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.” I think it was Tolstoy. Yep, Google agrees. Anyway, that quote works on lots of levels. So deep.