Published by Michelle Feinberg.

They may not have heard of Women’s History Month because of the whole “they’re just cartoons” thing, but each of these Disney princesses icons was ahead of her time, and the impression they leave on us makes their stories a real part of women’s history.

What we love most about these ladies is that they set an anti-speciesist example by valuing compassion, equality, and freedom for all. They also aren’t afraid to speak up for what they believe is right, even if their inclusive worldview goes against the grain. Now, we can’t say for certain that these princesses are vegan, but considering the clues, it’s highly likely.

1. Snow White (From Snow White and the Seven Dwarves)

First of all, only a vegan would find an apple offered by a witch who looks positively ghastly to be that irresistible.

And let’s not overlook that she’s BFF with all kinds of woodland creatures.

They even help her clean the house, so this friendship is deep.

She also persuades the Huntsman not to kill her. Vegan outreach much? He was literally about to tear her apart with a knife! This girl has had practice.

When everyone thought Snow White was dead, many animals showed up to pay their respects, despite inclement weather.

They wouldn’t have been sad over her “death” if she were responsible for killing animals. So, yeah, Snow White has to be vegan.

2. Jasmine (From Aladdin)

By refusing to marry anyone her dad tries to set her up with, Jasmine makes it clear that she’s not afraid to speak up. “The law is wrong,” she says. She thinks for herself and doesn’t blindly accept the status quo. Sound like anyone you know? (Like maybe a vegan?)

Remember when she casually liberates all those birds on their property?

And she talks to Raj, her tiger companion, like he’s a person—because he is a person. Jasmine just gets it. (Humans should never interact with tigers IRL, of course.)

It makes sense that she falls in love with this monkey-loving apple-eater.

She’s def vegan.

3. Ariel (From The Little Mermaid)

Ariel is a woman who understands that fish are, in fact, friends—not food.

And she looooves chatting it up with this gull—a bird whose personality most people would find unbearable. But not sweet little Ariel.

Look how she risks it all to save Sebastian—a crab.

She wouldn’t just turn around and eat a different crab or a different fish or a different bird—that would be weird. She’s totally vegan.

4. Belle (From Beauty and the Beast)

Belle is constantly reading. In fact, I’m willing to bet that she’s read at least one book on animal rights, considering that she’s read every book in the library.

And guess who probably doesn’t wear UGGs:

She also detests Gaston—a hunter.

Look how nice she is to Beast—who looks exactly like an animal. Belle even goes so far as to fall in love with him.

If she’s not an advocate for animals, I don’t know who is.

5. Cinderella (From Cinderella)

Cinderella doesn’t really chill with anyone but mice. They are practically her entire life.

If she’s that tight with them, surely she understands that pigs, cows, and chickens also deserve respect. And even though she’s really busy being forced to clean the entire house all the time, she still finds time to make clothing for mice. Little tiny clothing. It’s so cute.

Who else but a vegan would make shirts, shoes, and hats for mice? And look—here she is being kind to a dog:

What is she doing, feeding chickens? OMG, such a vegan.

Here she is petting a horse. Typical.

Even her clothes are animal-free. Vegan leather pumps weren’t exactly widely available during this era, so what does Cinderella do? She gets custom-made glass slippers.

Those could not be comfortable—now that’s dedication. And can we talk about the way she rolls up to the ball in a pumpkin?

She’s totally making a statement here: I’m vegan, y’all!

6. Pocahontas (From Pocahontas)

Pocahontas is no stranger to vegan outreach.

She basically spells it out to John Smith that she’s an avid vegan in her “Colors of the Wind” solo—and that he should be, too:

But I know every rock and tree and creature
Has a life, has a spirit, has a name

Rocks and trees? Like … she’s even more vegan than most vegans.

You think the only people who are people

Are the people who look and think like you

But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger

You’ll learn things you never knew you never knew

Damn, that’s deep. Clearly, Pocahontas knows that nonhuman animals are also individuals with thoughts and personalities—that is, people. Here, she’s urging John to try to empathize with them:

Come taste the sunsweet berries of the Earth

I’m pretty sure “sunsweet berries of the Earth” are vegan.

The rainstorm and the river are my brothers

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of ocean dead zones and water pollution. Pocahontas is def not into destroying her beloved brothers.

The heron and the otter are my friends

Nonvegans eat birds and other animals, but Pocahontas is friends with them.

How high does the sycamore grow?

If you cut it down, then you’ll never know

Animal agriculture is also the leading cause of Amazon rainforest destruction, as 80,000 acres are cut down each day to make room for raising animals for food. Pocahontas clearly would not be cool with that.

We need to sing with all the voices of the mountains
We need to paint with all the colors of the wind

I mean … this whole song is basically just Pocahontas saying, Go vegan!

All these Disney princesses have one thing in common: They’re really kind. And kind people just don’t pay for animals to be tortured and killed. 🤷‍♀️ If you’re kind and forward-thinking—like these women are—the only decision that makes sense for you is living vegan. Imagine if Ariel were to go to a lobster boil or Pocahontas were to hunt animals. It wouldn’t be right.

These movies came out a pretty long time ago—when being vegan wasn’t nearly as convenient as it is now—and these ladies still pulled it off. Total legends. Today, there’s a vegan version of everything, making a compassionate life accessible to everyone. So release your inner princess—go vegan.

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“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind