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Leo Tolstoy

As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.
Russian author

Renowned Russian author. Best known for "War and Peace"  and "Anna Karenina"
Leo Tolstoy is known to have turned vegetarian over a single conversation. In 1885, a friend of his gave a persuasive argument on the inevitability of vegetarianism and the naturalness of such a diet. In the famous conversation, Tolstoy thought for a moment and exclaimed, "Yes, my friend... you are quite right. Thanks, thanks for your wise and honest words! I will certainly follow your example and abandon flesh-meat."
And persuaded by that one talk, Leo Tolstoy converted to vegetarianism. Leo Tolstoy had strong feelings about nonviolent resistance which he expressed in his literature, including on the merits of a vegetarian lifestyle. It is believed that his beliefs influenced later figures like Gandhi and Martin Luther King.

As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.
A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral
“Thou shalt not kill" does not apply to murder of one's own kind only, but to all living beings; and this Commandment was inscribed in the human breast long before it was proclaimed from Sinai