Five Musicians Who Are Awesome Animal Rights Campaigners
As we all know, Sarah McLachlan's sad dog commercials are so traumatizing, they've actually become a punchline for many people, due to the fact that they are the Saddest Things On Earth. But it's not just Sarah sticking up for the world's furry friends -- more and more musicians are speaking out for animals and taking their clothes off for PETA campaigns. Here are five of the most notable animal-lovers in music.
1. Iggy Pop
Earlier this month, Iggy Pop broke character and reached out very articulately to Michigan's governor to object to the hunting of wolves in the state. The godfather of punk, it turns out, is extremely well-informed about the plight of the Great Lakes Grey Wolf. "There are currently only an estimated 658 wolves in your state (a decline from 673 a year ago), 43 of whom will now be targeted by trophy hunters," Mr. Pop wrote. "Can you truly believe that bringing the wolf back from the brink of extinction only to allow them to be hunted for trophies is the right thing to do?" When Iggy Pop is the voice of reason, you know you're a crappy governor...
2. Chrissie Hynde
The Pretenders' frontwoman has been one of the most vocal animal rights supporters in all of rock 'n' roll -- speaking out not just against fur, but leather too. In September 2012, mid-performance in Singapore, she invited a fan up onstage and even gave her the mic for a few seconds, because the young lady happened to be wearing a PETA T-shirt. Hynde is a regular campaigner for the animal defenders, and has also collaborated with the Viva! and Respect for Animals organizations. In 2007, she even attempted to take veganism to Ohio, by opening the VegiTerranean restaurant. Sadly, it only lasted for four years. Good effort though, Hynde -- we applaud thee.
3. Dave Navarro
While we firmly believe that it doesn't take much to get Dave Navarro to take his shirt off, we have to give the Jane's Addiction guitarist props for taking part in an "Ink Not Mink" anti-fur campaign for PETA (along with the likes of Tommy Lee, Duff McKagan, Waka Flocka Flame and Chester Bennington) and also pledging to only get his make-up from cruelty-free cosmetics companies. The above video makes several important points: (1) Animal testing is deeply horrifying, (2) Dave Navarro is incapable of saying the word "rabbit" without adding the word "bunny" to the beginning, and (3) Dave Navarro should wear red eyeliner more often.
Morrissey was outspoken about animal rights and the repulsive nature of the meat industry years before it was cool. He made his point loud and clear during his time with The Smiths, but as the years pass, the English singer's rage increases, as do his outbursts on the subject. He has likened eating meat to both the Holocaust and child abuse, saying "It's the same thing. Animals are like children, they look to us for protection. We should protect them." Which is what led him, apparently overcome with the smell of surrounding barbeques, to announce halfway through his 2009 Coachella performance: "I can smell burning flesh...and I hope to God it's human." Okay, Mozz!
5. Joss Stone
Joss Stone has been vegetarian since birth. "I have never eaten meat in my life," she has said, "and I'm 5-foot-10 and not exactly wasting away." In addition to her animal-friendly eating habits, Stone also took part in a PETA campaign to highlight the fact that those insane helmet things that the Queen's guards in her home country wear are, in fact, made of bears. Sweet, innocent, lovely bears. We thought that openly criticizing the Queen was treason or something, so we're reasonably surprised that Joss isn't currently residing in the Tower of London. Congratulations, Ms. Stone!
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