Peter Siddle is a vegan fast bowler who plays test cricket for Australia and Victoria.
In 2009 he was named International Cricket Council ‘Emerging Player of the Year’. His career best of five wickets for 21 runs was made in the 2009 Ashes series against Egland. In 2010 he took a Test match hat-trick as part of his match winning performance of 6 for 54 from just 16 overs. Following the test he was ranked as the 9th best bowler in the world by the ICC.
He became a vegetarian in 2002, influenced by his girlfriend – a lifelong vegetarian. He became a vegan in 2013, shortly before Australia’s Ashes tour in England. He was the only player to play in every game, which newspapers at the time attributed to the extra energy gained from a vegan diet.
He has noticed improved recovery times and energy levels on a plant-based diet, and less likelihood of being injured with the gruelling schedule of matches and training. But, he also cites ethical reasons for choosing a vegan diet:
“Animal cruelty played a huge part in my decision to go plant based. After learning a lot more about the processes of factory farming, battery hens, abattoirs etc, I realised that the meat industry was something I wanted nothing to do with. The mental conflict I felt when consuming meat and the thought that an animal had lost its life just for my appetite deeply upset me. Before I learnt what went on behind the doors of the meat industry, I was unable to make the connection with the beautiful animal that once was and what now sat in front of me on my plate. One year later the same thing happened as I learnt about the dairy industry, which I now think is probably the worst of them all. The intolerable cruelty, which is predominantly hidden from the public is disgusting.”
He’s also alcohol free which combined with his veganism is not typical of the macho Australian cricket tradition, but seems to be working well for him.