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Posted July 5, 2011 by peta2 staff

This week’s 5 Questions blog comes courtesy of Connecticut pop-rock outfit Shut Up and Deal. The band can be seen all summer on the Vans Warped Tour, alongside the likes of Set Your Goals, The Wonder Years, Moving Mountains, and dozens more. Check out what drummer Burt Hoagland had to say about what influenced him to go flesh-free, and enter the contest below to win a Shut Up and Deal prize pack!

1. How long have you been vegetarian? What influenced you to make that decision?

I’ve been vegetarian for just about 5 1/2 years. As for what led me to come to that decision is kind of funny. I actually ran across a bunch of PETA magazines and brochures at a show that I was at when I was about 21. I took them home and flipped through them for a couple weeks as well as doing some of my own research and about a month later I was a full on vegetarian. The thing that has kept me vegetarian for so long is the way I feel. I feel 100% healthier than I did when I ate meat related products.

2. What are some of your favorite vegetarian/vegan foods? Do you have any go-to spots you have to hit up when you’re on tour?

I really enjoy any kind of Asian food. In Salt Lake City, UT there is a place called The Long Life Vegi House which is awesome! As far as being on the road and doing the fast food thing I think Pei Wei is definitely the place that I like the best. Whole Foods is also really good as far as being accessible and having amazing food while we’re on the road.

3. Of all the major animal rights issues are there any issues that are particularly close to your heart?

I think the factory farming is probably the issue that caught my attention from the beginning. It really struck me as just completely inhumane and unnecessary. Although I have never witnessed anything first hand, I have done a lot of my own research on the subject. I think that if people knew what actually goes on in these facilities they would think twice about eating a Big Mac or a bucket of chicken from KFC.

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?

I would just tell them to be vegetarian for starters. The meat industry really is based on supply and demand; if there’s not a demand then we won’t have to worry about the supply. I would also tell them to just spread the word tactfully without being too abrasive. Being vegan/vegetarian is a really weird concept to a lot people so you really have to have your facts straight when you talk to people about it.

5. What does Shut Up and Deal have coming up this summer that we can be looking forward to?

Well we are actually going to be playing the entire Vans Warped Tour this summer with bands like Paramore, Jack’s Mannequin, and A Day To Remember. We’ll be on the Kia Kevin Says Stage so come and check us out and say hey! I know I speak for the whole band when I say that we would love to meet all of you!

Be sure to check out Shut Up and Deal when Warped Tour stops through your town this summer and show some love! For your chance to win a signed Shut Up and Deal CD, poster, and t-shirt, leave a comment below with what bands you’re excited to check out on tour this summer. Entries must be received by July 12, 2011 and one winner will be chosen at random and notified on July 14, 2011. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

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  • 1973 days ago

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    Not much planned yet this summer. been a bit busy. But I will be going to the Mayhem festival. Godsmack and Megadeath will be there. Woo hoo!!! BTW, being a musician, I like nearly all music types.

  • 1973 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m excited to see Shut up and Deal, The Groundbreaking Ceremony, Yelawolf, Peelander-Z, and Black Veil Brides.

  • 1975 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    warped tour!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 1976 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m excited about seeing asking alexandria, adtr, tdwp, attack attack, paramore, august burns red, dance gavin dance, ismfof, and shut up and deal at warped tour!

  • 1977 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Can’t freaking wait for warped tour!! A Day To Remember, Of Mice and Men, Simple Plan, Relient K and Shut Up And Deal!!! XD oohh and of cousr hit the peta2 booth!

  • 1977 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    awesome !!!!!!
    go vegans and vegetarians!!!!!
    *(im vegan)*

  • 1977 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My dog is my baby.
    I treat her like if she was a real person.
    I take her on a walk everyday.
    She has her own bed,even though she sleep anywhere.
    She has so many toys i swear.More then I did when I was a baby.
    I give her baths every two weeks.It was every other week but she started to get mad at me so I changed it.
    I buy her the best treats.
    And to think 3 years ago we saved her life.
    Shes really from Texas and my dads a truck driver and as he was driving he seen like 7 big pits and a man and a cage with what looked like a dead animal.
    So my dad pulled over and started talking to the guy.He said he would sell the dog in the cage to my dad but my dad knew what he was really doing he was using the puppy in the cage to train the bigger pits.So my dad told the man hes like how about this I take your dog and I dont call the cops on you.And the man did what my dad said.And thats how we got ruby my 3 year old boxer pit.<3

  • 1977 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m excited to see The Wonder Years, Every Avenue, A Day To Remember, Of Mice & Men, Dance Gavin Dance, Grieves with Budo, The Ready Set,
    Shut Up & Deal, Veara, There For Tomorrow, D.R.U.G.S, We Came As Romans, Asking Alexandria, Attack Attack!, Woe is Me, and Set Your Goals at Warped Tour. :3

  • 1978 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Dance Gavin Dance, Asking alexandria, Shut up and Deal, Less Than Jake, The Devil Wears Prada, Attack Attack!, Enter Shikari, Hello Goodbye, We Came As Romans The Ready Set, Motionless in White, and D.R.U.G.S 😀 …UBER STOKED!

  • 1978 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I REALLY want to see Jack’s Mannequin and Paramore! 🙂

  • 1978 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Okay I went already and saw attack attack and devil wears prada and asking Alexandra and august burns red and 3oh3 and I set my friend on fire!! Last year was my first year and loved it so had to go again

  • 1979 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I was supposed to go, but now I’m not.
    If I were too, I’d be soooooo pumped to see A Day To Remember :DDD

  • 1979 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m going to see A Perfect Circle in St. Paul tomorrow! Woot Woot!

  • 1979 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am probably most excited to see Shut and Deal, Paramore, Attack Attack, The Wonder Years and SIMPLE PLAN!!!!

  • 1979 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My parents won’t let me go 🙁 But if I was going, I’d be most excited to see Paramore (Hayley Williams is my idol!), 3oh!3, and Gym Class Heroes! (:

  • 1979 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’d be most excited to see, Never Shout Never, The Maine,Cute is What we Aim For, All Time Low, annd Relient K (:

  • 1979 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I can’t get tickets to the Warped tour but I would love to go see Blink 182 and My Chemical Romance on the Honda Civic tour!

  • 1979 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    CANT WAIT!!!!! this is gonna be my 1st time at Warped! and a lot of my fave bands r gonna be there!

  • 1979 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    EVERY AVENUE, ADTR, Shut Up and Deal, Westland, and Less than Jake! DETROIT BABY!

  • 1979 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m most excited to see Every Avenue, Shut Up And Deal, and Relient K 🙂

  • 1979 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Im going to be checking out A Day To Remember, The Ready Set, The Wonder Years,Every Avenue,Simple Plan, Westland, and Shut up and Deal 🙂

  • 1979 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m very excited on seeing A Day To Remember, Asking Alexandria, Blood on the Dance Floor, Black Veil Brides and Shut Up and Deal 😀

  • 1979 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I can’t wait for Warped. I’m very excited to see Shut Up and Deal, D.R.U.G.S, The Wonder Years, Every Avenue, Simple Plan and Less Than Jake!

    • 1970 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Now that my Warped date has passed, I have to say, the best performance of the day was Shut Up and Deal! They were amazing and so nice! I got my This One’s For Me EP signed by all of them and Joe tweeted a pic with me. Burt kept high fiving me all day because I was wearing the Shut Up and Deal shirt I bought first thing in the morning. It was the best Warped Tour Experience I have ever had! Oh and my 12 year old daughter won David’s bass from Simple Plan.

  • 1979 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am most excited to see The Dangerous Summer, The Wonder Years, and Jack’s Mannequin. I plan on checking out Shut Up and Deal, also!

  • 1979 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    im excited to see a day to remember, shut up and deal, a skylit drive, asking alexanderia, gym class heroes

  • 1979 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Sadly, I can’t go to Warped Tour this year, but IF I was going, I would be excited to see Paramore (my all-time fav band!) 🙂

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