5 Questions With Luke From Trust Comes Tough!
Luke Weber is a busy guy. He’s a tour manager and the owner of awesome clothing company Trust Comes Tough and totally not afraid to stand up for what he believes in when it comes to animal rights. Check out our Q&A to see what he’s all about:
1. What prompted you to go vegetarian? Were there any bands, books, etc., that influenced your decision?
I first thought about becoming a vegetarian after hearing a record by a band called “Earth Crisis.” At the time I was just discovering the punk rock and hardcore movements and was surprised to find out that many of the bands I liked actually sung about animal rights, which got me really interested to find out more. After reading every website on the Internet back then and as much literature as I could to do with animal rights, I decided to give it a go. I was vegetarian for two weeks then went straight to veganism. As time passed, my newfound interest really developed into a lifestyle that I still live to this day.
I deeply care for the welfare of animals and am very passionate about animal rights, and it still blows my mind that the majority of people can look past the murder, torture, and harm done to animals in order to satisfy their unnecessary desire for their skin and flesh. Every time you consume an animal product, just remember that it came from the pain and suffering of an innocent being. I choose to not take part in this.
The environmental aspects of meat consumption are also a big reason to consider your diet. Meat production damages the ozone, wastes natural resources, and the food used to feed the animals to be slaughtered could feed five times the amount of people on a vegetarian diet than the amount of people that would consume the animal who ate the food in the first place!
2. What are some of your favorite vegetarian foods?
I have so many favorites, but nothing beats a good vegan burrito with vegan cheese, guacamole, tofu, rice, beans, and salad with a few drops of hot sauce! I love Mexican food, so that’s always my first choice. Stir-fried vegetables with noodles and mock chicken are also another staple in my kitchen!
A lot of people ask, why eat mock meat if you are against meat in the first place? My answer is that I never disliked the taste of meat. I actually really enjoyed the taste and texture, but the fact that it was only on my plate because an animal had [his or her] life taken was what bothered me, so if you can replicate my favorite foods into a vegetarian food, then I have absolutely no problem with mock meat at all.
3. Of all the major animal rights issues (factory farming, dog fighting, animal testing, the fur industry, animals in entertainment, etc.), are there any issues that are particularly close to your heart?
Animal testing is probably my most despised animal rights issue. Testing on an animal to see if the product is safe for a human just doesn’t make sense and is totally unjustified. An animal, a human—it’s all life, and life is equal no matter what form it takes.
One thing I strongly believe is that if you eat meat, then you are not an animal lover. People who love animals do not eat them, and I get really upset when a meat-eater looks down on one form of animal cruelty but will then go and eat a steak or piece of chicken with no second thought, just because in society’s eyes it’s acceptable to eat meat but not acceptable to beat your dog, each of which in my eyes is just as bad as the other. Dog, cat, cow, pig, chicken—all animals, all equal, all deserve love and happiness.
4. If a fan were to approach you with questions about how to get involved with animal rights, what advice would you give him or her?
Watch any video on PETA’s websites, watch Earthlings, or just Google “animal cruelty.” The images you see should be enough for you to not want to take part in the suffering of animals. All you need to do to start is cut out meat. Being vegetarian is so easy these days—there are vegetarian options in nearly every restaurant, and most cities also have amazing 100 percent vegetarian restaurants. Do some research, get involved, and you’ll soon realize it’s the best, most thoughtful thing you can do for the animals and your planet.
5. What does the clothing company have coming up that we can look forward to?
A lot more proud slogans. Vegan/vegetarian and animal rights issues are going to be a much bigger focus in our new ranges, and helping to create awareness of the harm done to animals will be big on our priority list.
Want to sport your very own T-shirt from Trust Comes Tough? For a chance to win one of three T-shirts from Trust Comes Tough, tell us in the comments below if there have been any bands that have influenced your views on animal rights! Comments must be received by February 16, 2012, and three winners will be chosen at random and notified on February 23, 2012.