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Profile for PETA staff member Scott D

About Me: I am a nomad of sorts, having lived in Australia—where I was born and raised—Canada, the Netherlands, and the U.K. before immigrating to the U.S. in 2007. I love to travel and am slightly obsessed with music. I champion independent music and animal rights.

Favorite Bands: Gosh, where to begin?! Mainly indie rock, post-punk, and Brit pop and sometimes even just pop. Specifically, I like Pulp, The Cure, Bloc Party, The Smiths/Morrissey, Radiohead, Muse, Sigur Rós, Joy Division, The Verve, New Order, Jeff Buckley, Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins, Oasis, Noel Gallagher, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Minor Threat, The Horrors, Primal Scream, Editors, Keane, Slowdive, The Chemical Brothers, Elbow, Friendly Fires, Smashing Pumpkins, The xx, The Helio Sequence, The Killers, and basically anything on the Rough Trade, Mute, 4AD, and Creation record labels. And I really loved the early Earache Records releases, too (e.g. Godflesh, Napalm Death, Morbid Angel, etc.).

I Like: Arsenal Football Club (and football/soccer in general), writing and blogging, travel, dining out, discovering new vegan restaurants, food in general, beer, film, pubs, reading, U.K. comedy, black tea, meditating, rummaging through secondhand record shops, vacations, beaches, and watching live music.

I Hate: Cruelty, greed, L.A. traffic, mushrooms, heights, narrow-mindedness, and my football team losing.

Favorite Books: Anything and everything by Nick Hornby, David Nicholls, and, most recently, Joe Dunthorne. I also love music biographies (labels and artists), quantum physics, and history.

Why I Went Veg: My sister was a big influence on me when I was growing up, and she introduced me first to the concept of vegetarianism. My decision, however, was made shortly after that when I was 16 years old and saw slaughterhouse footage (among other acts of cruelty to animals) projected onscreen during a gig that I attended.

TV Favorites: Come Dine With Me, The Mighty Boosh, Luxury Comedy, Bob's Burgers, That Mitchell and Webb Look, Peep Show, The IT Crowd, 8 out of 10 Cats, Little Britain, Seinfeld, and The Simpsons

Favorite Food: Veggie burgers, pizza, chips (or as Americans call them, "fries"), almost everything from The Veggie Grill (especially the "chicken" wraps), hummus, potato chips, Indian food, and Thai food.

My Animal Companions: I don't have any—yet. I have wanted a dog for a long time but my travels and schedule hasn’t permitted me to have one yet.


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