Moby has been my hero since 1995. He first introduced me to animal rights and veganism and inspired me to get involved in animal rights activism and to go vegan (also in 1995).
Back in the day, kids, we had these things called compact discs that our music came on. And they came with booklets. And Moby's albums like Animal Rights and Everything is Wrong were packed full of information and facts about how cruel and evil the animal farming industry is and how devastating the resulting environmental destruction is. Yeah, way back in the 90s! The truth was out there!
Remember the movie The Beach? Remember the beautiful song playing when they show the beach? It's Moby's Porcelain. He is a truly modern renaissance man - a brilliant musician, inventive restauranteur, and bold speaker and animal activist that truly inspires and changes lives of humans and animals. Here are some of my favorite quotes from Moby.
Dogs have boundless enthusiasm but no sense of shame. I should have a dog as a life coach.
It's inconsistent to love animals and contribute to their suffering and their death.
Could you look an animal in the eyes and say to it, 'My appetite is more important than your suffering'?
We need to finally accept that all sentient creatures are deserving of basic rights. I define basic rights as this - the ability to pursue life without having someone else's will involuntarily forced upon you.
Basically we should stop doing those things that are destructive to the environment, other creatures, and ourselves and figure out new ways of existing.
In 1987 I gave up all animal products and became a vegan. Simply so that I could eat and live in accordance with my beliefs that animals have their own lives, that they're entitled to their own lives and that contributing to animal suffering is something that I don't want to be a part of.
I believe that to knowingly commit actions that cause or condone suffering is reprehensible in the extreme. I call upon you to be compassionate and treat others as you want to be treated. If you don't want to be beaten, imprisoned, mutilated, killed or tortured then you shouldn't condone such behavior towards anyone, be they human or not.
Intellectually, human beings and animals may be different, but it's pretty obvious that animals have a rich emotional life and that they feel joy and pain. It's easy to forget the connection between a hamburger and the cow it came from. But I forced myself to acknowledge the fact that every time I ate a hamburger, a cow had ceased to breathe.
If the entire world decided to become vegan tomorrow, a whole host of the world's problems would disappear overnight. Climate change would decrease by 25 percent, deforestation would cease, rainforests would be preserved, our water- and air-quality would increase, life-expectancy rates would increase, and our rates of cancer would plummet, so certainly, with that one action of becoming vegan you are quite effectively making the world a better place.
Let peace and beauty reign.
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