Steve-O

Jackass Star, Stuntman, Comedian

SS: What made you go vegan and why?

SG: I first stopped eating meat (except for fish) because I wanted to improve my karma. I quickly discovered that choosing a more compassionate diet made me feel better about myself, and I became eager to do more. I started asking lots of questions and, the more I learned, the more choices I made to cut cruelty out of my lifestyle. I've been completely vegan for three years now, and I really believe that it's played a major role in helping me stay clean and sober.

SS: Has it been difficult for you? If yes what was difficult and did it get easier?

SG: It's pretty easy, especially with all of the vegan alternatives they have for animal-based products. Becoming vegan has made me feel so much better, both physically and emotionally, the rewards absolutely outweigh any sacrifice.

SS: What are some animal rights related things that you participate in?

SG: I began my career as a professional clown, and have since been very outspoken about the animal abuse I witnessed while working in the circus. I've lent my name to campaigns addressing this, as well as a number of other animal-rights issues. Mostly, however, I'm just very quick to share about the ways in which I've benefited from adopting a vegan lifestyle.

SS: What are your favorite animal rights organizations?

SG: I don't agree with everything PETA does, but I do support them on an issue-by-issue basis, and have lent my voice and image to many of their campaigns. I think Mercy For Animals is fantastic, too, the only sticker on my car says Mercy For Animals.

SS: What would you say to somebody who is considering going vegan?

SG: My experience was, within two or three weeks of becoming vegan, that I started receiving lots of compliments. People told me that I was looking younger and healthier, that my skin was looking great, that I was "glowing", etc. At that time, I had already been "pescetarian" for a year and a half, I'd been clean and sober for almost as long, and I hadn't smoked a cigarette in over year. I still find it amazing that going completely vegan made such a noticeable difference after I'd already made so many lifestyle changes.

SS: Do you have any memories that stand out in your mind about someone saving an animal? Or relating to an animal in a unique way?

SG: I have two rescue dogs, Walter and Bernie, and the time I spend with them means so much to me. Before I had dogs of my own, I really didn't know what I was missing out on. Since I rescued Walter and Bernie, they have enriched my life in a massive way. I highly recommend rescuing animals from shelters.

Comments

jordan divito's picture

hey man i have been watching all ur stuff for a long time haha and i was wondering if you new any rappers you could introduce me too I've been trying for a long time to get big but no success if u could hit me up id really appreciate it and if some ones running his sight if you could please let him know thanxxxx :) and your looking awesome by the way good job on your sobriety and your veganess

Thanks for sharing! You look great!! I loved your book and your story. If you can escape everything you have been through to be clean and sober plus vegan, anyone can. You have encourged me for the better for sure! You make being vegan cool! Keep it up! (and come back to Jacksonville, Fl!)

Destiny Barron's picture

It's wonderful that you cleaned up and I'm a huge fan.
Hopefully you can give me some of your hints on being Vegan. (:

Jayne Martin's picture

I have been a fan for years because of your realness and honestly that laugh you have is amazing! You are such an inspiration for young people that we so desperately need. And my dog is named Bernie so now you're just a little cooler for that.