Cow's Escape Nudges Barbara Walters Toward Vegetarianism
"I am more and more becoming a vegetarian. This broke my heart," Walters was quoted as saying on A Country Mom's Blog. Walters allegedly added, "When you really start to think of them [animals], you know, as having feelings and stuff, I find it very hard …"
Walters does not have a strong Jewish identity, but she was born Jewish. A 2006 Newsweek article noted that her father, an atheist, owned a popular nightclub but came home on Friday nights for Shabbat. Walters added that her mother "never gave [religion] much thought, though we did make a point, once in a while to light candles on Friday nights."