veg*n Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday today, 15th April

Posted on April 15, 2012


Today (15th April) is the anniversary of great artist/genius Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, on 15th April 1452. Wikipedia describes him as ‘painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer … According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent and “his mind and personality seem to us superhuman” …’. He was also an early exponent of a cruelty-free lifestyle. Today an item was posted on the PeTA web-site titled ‘Eat da Veggies like da Vinci!’.

‘… Happy Birthday, Leonardo!

Leonardo da Vinci was not only a great artist but also a compassionate person who led a cruelty-free lifestyle. He was such an ardent defender of animals that he sometimes bought caged birds from poultry vendors and set them free. He frequently wrote about cruelty to animals in his Notebooks, writing of the meat and dairy industries, “Endless multitudes will have their little [babies] taken from them, ripped open and flayed and most cruelly cut in pieces” and “Of the beasts from whom cheese is made … the milk will be taken from the tiny [babies].”

On his birthday, what better day to follow in da Vinci’s footsteps than by ditching animals from your diet? In addition to saving animals from the horrors of factory farming and a terrifying death in an abattoir, you will feel and look better, too!

The veggie hero also appears in PETA US’ new “Vegetarian Icons” postage stamp collection. Become a veg hero yourself by ordering one of our free vegetarian/vegan starter kits …’

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