5 Questions with She's Not Dead
I was recently tipped off on the fun pop-rock tunes of She’s Not Dead. They’re an all-girl teenage band from Oregon City, OR, and lead singer, Kira Nesser is an animal-loving veggie that’s willing to do anything she can to help animals. Check out our Q&A with Kira!
1. What prompted you to become vegetarian? Were there any bands, books, etc. that influenced your decision?
I became vegetarian after discovering the horrible things that happens to animals in factory farms. I care about all species of animals, and will fight any form of torture that they have to go through for human benefit. My parents and I went vegetarian together a few years ago so I had a lot of support.
2. What are some of your favorite vegetarian and/or vegan foods?
Some of my favorite vegetarian foods are; the gourmet vegetarian pizza from Papa Murphy’s (which is also my band mate Sam’s favorite), vegetarian bacon, Garden Burgers, and Tofurky sandwiches.
3. Of all of the major animal rights issues (animal testing, factory farming, animals used in entertainment, dog fighting, etc.) are there any issues that are particularly close to your heart?
I don’t support any type of animal testing, and I don’t use products that test on animals. When my friends ask me what type of products that I would recommend, I make sure to recommend products that don’t test on animals and make sure they know that they are using an animal friendly product. I also don’t support factory farming, because for one, I don’t believe in eating animals in the first place, because they suffer the entire time until they are about to die. They are born in captivity, and die in captivity after suffering their entire life. All in all, I don’t support any type of activity that harms animals for human benefit.
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?
If somebody were to approach me asking for advice on getting involved with animal rights I would definitely tell them to check out the peta2 website and have them watch videos on animal cruelty. They need to spread the word, and I would tell them to do it in a way that isn’t pushy or demanding; if someone was trying to convince me in an obnoxious way I definitely wouldn’t want to listen. One person can make a huge difference, so doing everything you possibly can will help change the world one step at a time.
5. What’s up next for She’s Not Dead?
My band She’s Not Dead has many gigs coming up in the next few months, such as the Wonder Ballroom on October 14th in Portland, Oregon, and the Strike Zone on October 28th in Beaverton, Oregon. We have music up for sale on shesnotdead.bandcamp.com. We recently won the Tualafest Battle of the Bands in Tualatin, Oregon. You can keep up with us at www.facebook.com/ShesNotDead.
Thanks, Kira! And for all your Oregonites out there, go see She’s Not Dead in October! 🙂