NBA Star John Salley on Turkey Free Thanksgiving And Why He’s a Vegan

There’s no doubt that 4 time NBA Champion John Salley was a superstar ball player, but what I love most about this guy is what a giant he is for animals. Though Salley originally went vegetarian out of health concerns years ago, he is now a committed vegan and outspoken animal rights activist. “Why don’t you care about a chicken the same way you care about that little dog, or that cat?,” he says. “It doesn’t make any sense. You’re either hot or cold. You can’t be lukewarm.” Asked in a recent interview: “If you were still playing basketball full time, would you be able to maintain a vegan lifestyle and still play to your greatest potential?” Salley replied, “If I had a vegan lifestyle when I was playing, I would still be playing.”

I love this Thanksgiving video he did a few years ago. In the middle of joking around in his typical buoyant fashion, he pauses to say something very simple and wise and true: “If everyone knew how important it was to celebrate life, they would be a vegan.” He then goes on to add, “When you know better, you do better. And if you don’t, then that’s ignorance.”

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About Ashley Capps

Ashley Capps received an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her first book of poems is Mistaking the Sea for Green Fields. The recipient of a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, she works as a writer, editor and researcher specializing in farmed animal welfare and vegan advocacy. Ashley has written for numerous animal rights organizations, and in addition to her ongoing work for Free from Harm, she is a writer and researcher at A Well-Fed World. For more information on her poetry or advocacy writing, please visit her website. She also runs the vegan facebook page Make Compassion Consistent.


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  2. interesting how Bonnie uses the terms “vegetarian” and “veg” while John only says vegan.

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