Mike Tyson was once the planet’s most notorious flesh eater.
He snacked on Evander Holyfield’s ear. He threatened to make a meal of Lennox Lewis’ children.
But these days there’s nothing meatier than a seitan cutlet sizzling on his George Foreman Grill.
Mike Tyson: vegan role model?
He’s a man known for brutality in and out of the ring. He’s been dogged by a string of charges for assault and spousal abuse, and served time in prison for rape, drug possession, and DUI.
He’s hardly the poster boy for a compassionate diet.
Mike Tyson didn’t come to veganism in the usual way.
The vegan diet requires personal deprivation and self-sacrifice. The commitment tends to be inspired by compassion for animals and a moral imperative to combat environmental degradation and world hunger. Mike Tyson describes his own conversion this way:
“I really got tired of every time my prostitute girlfriend came back from a trip I had to sleep with her, so I said you know, I’m going to live a different life.”
Iron Mike, not iron deficient.
The reality is Mike Tyson can be a heck of a role model for the the vegan lifestyle. His brutish reputation stands in rebuke to the old vegan stereotype of bunny-cuddling, tree-hugging sensitive souls. His virile, bulked-up physique speaks of the robust healthfulness of the vegan diet.
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