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Aiming to stamp out meat-eating

What do actress Natalie Portman, rock’n’roller Joan Jett, artist and inventor Leonardo Da Vinci, and guru leader Mahatma Gandhi all have in common? They’re all vegetarians (well were in the case of the deceased). Twenty icons running the gamut from the historic to the contemporary, lifted from the fields of film, music, politics, sports and the arts, adorn a set of US postage stamps in the name of vegetarianism (heck, who’d have thought Leo was vegetarian after chopping all that human meat for anatomical study?).

Other faces handpicked by the people of PETA (the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) include ex-Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson, Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde, Sir Paul McCartney, and writer Leo Tolstoy.

Says singer Morrissey, who had a hit album in the early Eighties called ‘Meat Is Murder’, “I think animals look to humans for protection, and of course humans lead them into slaughterhouses, which to me is just like an image of leading children into a slaughterhouse. There’s no difference.”

For more information, visit www.peta.org.

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