as we've read in May 2011 you made a year-long pledge to forgo all meat, except for what you hunted or slaughtered yourself, later no longer sticking to your commitment.
Each year, you have set a yearlong challenge for self-improvement.
As you wrote in an email to Fortune:
"I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have. This year I've basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I'm eating is from animals I've killed myself. So far, this has been a good experience. I'm eating a lot healthier foods and I've learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals. I started thinking about this last year when I had a pig roast at my house. A bunch of people told me that even though they loved eating pork, they really didn't want to think about the fact that the pig used to be alive. That just seemed irresponsible to me. I don't have an issue with anything people choose to eat, but I do think they should take responsibility and be thankful for what they eat rather than trying to ignore where it came from.”
It was certainly a far more thought-provoking challenge than wearing a tie each day.
Anything that helps to show meat-eaters the real process involved in taking the life of a sentient Being should be encouraged. It is often noted that most non-vegans are ignorant - and wish to remain so - about the mechanics of how an animal is reared, slaughtered, butchered and packaged for human consumption. It would be even more thought-provoking to show that going vegan is the only credible choice for setting ourselves free not only from the enslavement, torture and murder of Animals, but also from a devastating form of air-water-soil pollution such as animal farming of any kind (not to mention the doubtless positive result on our ability for empathy). Organizations, university researchers, activist groups all continuously highlight the need to choose vegan as one of the highest achievements of our times.
We wish you to consider the experience of going vegan for one year under the best nutritionists (you won't find hard to recruit them) and the help of an amazing champion of veganism, Fiona Oakes, winner of many marathons including the North Pole Marathon. Fiona also works on a sanctuary, on which she cares for 400 animals including horses, pigs, sheep and dogs. She said she'd be happy to share her knowledge as an animal rescuer and as a vegan and also to train you for a marathon.
We are confident you'll be able to achieve these goals.
Hopefully your high profile will ignite interest and debate around this sensitive subject.
We are asking you to take this challenge for the 2015!
Mark, take the challenge of going vegan for 2015 ( and win a marathon)
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