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Top 10 Vegan Animals

One of the arguments frequently trotted out by meat eaters to explain their food choices is that meat gives the body strength, builds muscle, and so on. However many gorgeous creatures of the animal kingdom explode this myth that meat begets strength, muscle or size. We look at some of the top vegan animals in the world – big, beautiful, strong, powerful; and herbivorous.

1. The Elephant

elephantsArguably one of the most magnificent creatures on earth, this intelligent giant is herbivorous. Both the Indian Elephant as well as its larger cousin, the African Elephant are plant eaters and subsist wholly on plants.

2. The Rhino

rhinocerosThis is another magnificently strong and powerful (to say nothing of aggressive) animal that eats only plants as foods. All five species of rhinoceros – the White Rhino, Black Rhino, Indian Rhino, Javan Rhino and Sumatran Rhino are herbivorous.

3. The Hippo

hippopotamusNot only is the hippo enormous in size, it can be a creature that is considered very dangerous. Regarded as the most dangerous large animals in Africa, male hippos in combat can be seriously aggressive and can inflict serious damage.

4. The Bison

bisonsIf you want to talk muscle, you need to look at this hunky herbivore. Though they appear lazy or indolent, they may attack without warnings. They can gallop long distances and reach speeds of 35mph!

5. The Wildebeest

wildebeestA powerful herbivore of the grasslands this animal is known for its amazing feats of endurance. The annual long distance migration of wildebeest herds is a natural wonder.

6. The Horse

horseDomesticated for millennia, the horse has long been considered a symbol of strength, pride and loyalty; and its association with the human species is probably the most ancient of all. Speed, strength, endurance and power characterize this plant eater.

7. The Manatee

manateesThese large, gentle herbivorous animals are also known as sea cows. They can weigh up to 590 kilos and grow up to 13 feet in length.

8. The Deer

deerThere are so many different types of deer – red deer, reindeer, moose, else, mule deer, black tailed deer and so many more. What they all have in common however is the fact that they are all herbivores.

9. Some Whales

whaleEven some whales subsist entirely on plankton and thus are vegetarian too.

10. Yak

yaksMassive and powerful, the yak is reared in domestic settings and is also found in the wild in areas of Tibet, Russia and Mongolia.

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Caron February 14, 2014

#9 Is also my Favorite Vegan Animal!


dave April 26, 2015

All of these animals eat loads of insects, Arthropods, Orthoptera. deer also eat meat and internal organs from dead deer. most would eat dead birds and eggs. vegan diet is not found in nature. herbivorous animals eat non-plant items pretty frequently.


Mary August 8, 2015

You are 100% correct. Also NO mammal is vegan, they all drink mother’s milk, the mothers eat the placenta after birth. Even hummingbirds eat insects along with their nectar. Vegan diets are very unnatural and unbalanced, and saves no lives. Thank you for your intelligent comment!


Simon October 21, 2015

Drinking your mother’s milk doesn’t make you non-vegan. Vegans don’t drink the milk of other species, which is something that only humans do (as well as giving cow’s milk to their cats) and is very unnatural and unnecessary. Of course by eating plants animals like elephants and rhinos also consume insects that might be on the plant. But that process is not intentional and those insects don’t make any difference in a herbivore’s diet. They would survive perfectly well even if every insect was removed from the plants.


Willy June 9, 2015

Whales aren’t vegan. Plankton are organisms, not plants. But other than that, sounds about right.


Andrew June 12, 2015

Sorry, you are horribly wrong, orca whales are predators. Plankton are small living organisms as well!


Chandler Klebs September 15, 2015

I love this list of animals. I will use this when people think you have to eat mean to be strong. Horses are my favorite animal.


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