Although veganism has only recently been popularised, there have been many famous vegans and vegetarians throughout history.
Discover which historic world leaders, heroes and public figures have sported a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle.
Nobel Prize winner regarded as the father of modern physics & the most influential physicist of the 20th century. He was also a firm believer in animal rights.
Jeremy Bentham was a British philosopher, jurist, and social reformer. He is regarded as the founder of modern utilitarianism. He was also vegetarian.
Mahatma Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights and freedom across the world.
St. Francis of Assisi abandoned a life of luxury for a life devoted to Christianity. He is thought to have been vegetarian and believed in treating animals with compassion.