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Posted May 13, 2011 by peta2 staff

This week I was tipped off to an awesome new band called Elway, and all of the members are vegan or vegetarian! Tim Browne, lead singer and guitarist for the band, took a few minutes to chat with us about his veggie lifestyle. Be sure to read all the way to the end, because we have some Elway CDs up for grabs!

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1. What prompted you to become vegetarian? Were there any bands, books, etc. that influenced your decision?

I was 15 years old when I became a vegetarian. I was just starting to be good friends with Brian Van Proyen (who plays guitar in Elway) and he was veg. I had never really given any consideration to animal rights or vegetarianism, and the idea was pretty alien to me. It was records like Propagandhi’s Less Talk, More Rock and The Smiths‘ Meat is Murder that helped establish the system of ethics I’ve lived with ever since. In college, I got really into Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation, and especially Roberta Kalechovsky’s Autobiography of a Revolutionary.

2. What are some of your favorite vegetarian and/or vegan foods?

Man, I could go on about this forever. Seitan, when made correctly, is probably my favorite food of all time! When I make it at home, I use soy sauce, tomato paste, and nutritional yeast.  I think any vegetarian worth their salt would readily admit that burritos are just about the best thing in the world, and I am no exception. A good burrito with black beans, pico de gallo, guacamole, and about a half gallon of Ring of Fire Garden Fresh hot sauce is my go-to. As far as restaurants go, Veggie Heaven on Gaudalupe in Austin, Texas is the best vegetarian food I’ve ever had, though Garrett (the drumer of Elway) contends that Grasshopper in Allston, MA is better. Soul Vegetarian in Atlanta, and Watercourse in Denver ain’t too shabby, either.

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

Something interesting about being from Fort Collins, and alumni of Colorado State University, is that we’re associated inextricably with Temple Grandin, and by extension the entire humane slaughter movement. Grandin made headlines, got her own movie, and is a nationally acclaimed thinker, yet her ideas are so horribly backwards. Humane slaughter practices (this essentially means treating livestock like they are more than machines, then leading them down a meandering corral to their death) are still slaughter practices! The entire new-age practice of treating animals with respect and allowing them to live “happier” lives only to use them for the same end is insane! Because of Grandin’s notoriety, Fort Collins is said to be on the very cutting edge of animal compassion, but they’re putting the cart before the horse on this one. The problem is that we even kill animals at all!

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?

Read Harriet Ritvo’s The Animal Estate, watch Meet Your Meat with the incomparably syrupy and bassy narration of Alec Baldwin, listen to Propagandhi’s Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes, and for the love of god, don’t go to McDonald’s! In all seriousness, it’s easy to get involved in even the most cursory way. Stop your consumption of meat, realize that there is a wealth of information in bookstores, on the internet and elsewhere about how to try and live a life less cruel to animals. Nobody’s perfect, but there are things we can do to make a difference.

5. What does Elway have coming up that we can look forward to?

Our new record, Delusions, came out May 10th on Red Scare, we’re going to be touring in Canada and the Northeast in the latter half of May, and we plan on touring more later in the summer!

Thanks, Tim! What advice would YOU give to somebody you know that’s looking to get involved with animal rights? Tell us in the comments below for your chance to win one of two copies of Elway’s new CD, Delusions. The contest ends on May 20, 2011, and 3 winners will be chosen at random and notified by May 27, 2011.

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  • 2019 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I would tell them to visit PETA.com of course 😀 I would tell them to start small with one minute missions, online petitions and emails, then perhaps watch the disturbing “Meet your Meat”, which is why I became a veg. I am happy to say my advice has already changed someone’s life; A friend of mine had been seeing all my video posts from PETA on my Facebook wall and asked me about them, I told her my newfound beliefs and that she should go to PETA’s site, and that same day she posted on my Facebook wall in response to a video I posted from PETA: “Kelly, this video is so sad. I visited PETA’s website and I’m going to go vegan.” I was so happy!

  • Mel

    2024 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I would tell them to chec out what clubs are in their school, because some (like mine) have animal rights clubs that are great for any newcomers. I would also tell them to check out peta2.com of course!

  • 2025 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I tell people to put themselves in the animals place. In all reality, everyone is a little selfish. So if they think of themselves in that type of predicament, they realize that they would not want to be there, so any other being wouldn’t relish it either.

  • 2029 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    If someone I knew was looking to get involved with animal rights I would urge them to pay peta.org and peta2.com a visit. I would then recommend for them to watch the videos “Meet Your Meat” and “Glass Walls”, considering it has had a major success with many of my friends and family members. I would then proceed by giving them a Vegetarian starter kit and stickers. I always carry a Vegetarian starter kit around with me to show and let people read.

  • 2029 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    THERE NEED TO BE MORE BANDS LIKE THIS!

  • 2029 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Browse around Peta. 🙂 Here are a lots of easy ideas to help animals!

  • 2029 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I wouild tell them to see Peta or Peta2! I would also tell them to adapt their pets, not buy! Or go Veg!

  • 2030 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I have tons of fliers I would hand them also I would invite them to one of our club meetings. I created a club at my school all about animals.

  • 2030 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i would tell them to check out the peta websites, and when they eat a meal, to really think about the animal that is on their plate and to imagine how it got there.

  • 2030 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I would obviously give them the links to all the peta websites, they’re a great source for information on how to get involved and help!

  • 2032 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I would tell them first and foremost to sign up for the peta2 streetteam and check out all the awesome ways you can help animals daily with hardly no effort and also the awesome ways that you can get active and creative with helping! I would give them the vegetarian starter kit for sure! Also I would advize them to become a donor because that helps in tremendous ways! Oh and I would definately tell them to watch Meet Your Meat and/or Glass Walls! Last but not least I would tell them to stay strong and stand up for what they believe in and not to let other people discourage them, because we do make a difference for animals no matter how big or small it is!

  • 2032 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I would tell whoever it is to make sure they do their research. Peta is a good place to start for factual information and news. I would also recommend they join a local animal rights group, it can be so hard to stick to things under pressure especially if your young. There’s a lot of information out there though and positive media for animal rights as well if you know where to look. I think surrounding myself with animal activists is the best, strongest way to become one myself.

  • 2032 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I would tell them all about peta2, of course 🙂 I would have them watch Meet Your Meat and then show them the pamphlets that I have in my backpack about slaughterhouses.

  • 2033 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I would tell them to go to peta.com or peta2.com and i would give them some stickers to give to people and i would give them a DVD from peta

  • 2034 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I would tell them to come here- to PETA.com! This site has really got me active in helping animals, and it has really made me a proud vegan!! 😀

  • Kix

    2034 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I would start out by giving all of my friends flyers,stickers and all that stuff. Then Id be sure to tell them about how not eating meat has effected me. Its made me feel healthier, ive lost a few pounds from giving up the meat and Ive even got more energy.
    Not eating meat is amazing, and Its something I recomend to everyone i meet. 😀

  • 2034 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Go veg, and join PETA. Best advice I think anyone could ever give.

  • jen

    2034 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Talk to your friends. I was on the fence with animal rights even though I was vegetarian for along time, but when i started talking to my friends, we became empowered to do more to help animals like having a vegan bake sale at school to buy food and toys for the animal shelter.

  • 2034 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I would tell them to get involved with activities around their community, get more educated by reading books and watching varies videos and documentaries. Join an online community of animal activist/enthusiasts for opinions and questions you need answers. People for the most part are really nice and try to motivate you to get more involved. You can sign up for various E-newsletters to let you know when there will be events around your area. I’m positive you will meet more people with your ideals. The more you get involved the easier it is to change into a healthier lifestyle!

  • 2034 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    just to get informed and go from there. you can’t help if you don’t know what you’re helping

  • 2034 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I would definitely suggest they visit peta2, I get all my inspiration here.

  • 2034 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i would tell them to sign up on peta2 because there are lots of resources here to get them started. I would aso recommend a few great books ive read like Thanking The Monkey and Dont Dump The Dog and Peta’s vegan college cookbook.

  • 2035 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    First, I would have them watch Earthlings and Meet Your Meat as he mentioned. Both of those were very eye-opening and packed with facts. Second, I would refer them to peta2.org and VeganOutreach.org. Both of those sites have helped me a lot. Last, and perhaps most important, I would sit down and answer questions and have a discussion with them about animal rights in a cool, collected way. A lot of people where I am from just do not understand, and harshly attacking what they believe in just repulses them. I have found calmly explaining to people why I believe what I believe to be the most effective way to get people to open their minds.

  • 2035 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Well most people think to be involved you have to be vegetarian and that is what mostly discourages them. I would tell them yeah that is one way to help with animal rights, but there are so much more things you can do like protesting against a circus or people wearing fur or dissecting frogs in science labs. Including animal shelters, people who abuse animals in gruesome ways that are so pitiful! But yeah that is what I would say and tell them that there is plenty of stuff that needs to be done they just need to get involved.

    Ashley S.

  • 2035 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Well most people think to be involved you have to be vegetarian and that is what mostly discourages them. I would tell them yeah that is one way to help with animal rights, but there are so much more things you can do like protesting against a circus or people wearing fur or dissecting frogs in science labs. Including animal shelters, people who abuse animals in gruesome ways that are so pitiful! But yeah that is what I would say.

    Ashley S.

  • 2035 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    well first i would tell them that their diets is gonna change ,next well i would show them a few videos of animals being tortured and last i would give them this PETA2.COM and usually that is all it takes

  • 2035 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    that is a great choice it really is once you stop eating meat you’ll feel refreshed and less stress I can honestly say that once you start you will not want to stop

  • 2035 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I would advise them to get informed on the subject and to take it one step at a time. Just do waht you can and increase what you do little by little.

  • 2035 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I would (and do) advice people that, as important as it is to throw yourself into the lifestyle and change your diet for the better, do it at your own pace. Read literature that’s targeted to your own attitudes, don’t become a preachy vegangilist and although it is important to be a part of the community and read books like ‘Vegan Freak’, make sure you carry on thinking for yourself too. You can’t go wrong if you listen to your own mind rather than what someone else has preached to you, especially if you’ve got as far as making the decision to go vegetarian/vegan in the first place.

  • 2035 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I would tell them how getting involved is fulfilling and how delightful it is to know you’re just doing something even in the most simple way you know.

  • 2035 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I would just give them stickers and flyers, because they can really get people involved, just like how they got ME involved! 😛

  • 2035 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Watch “Glass Walls” and think about how your food once had a face…

  • 2035 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i would tell them to go on peta.com and peta2.com both of these sites have helped me alot in my over one month of being a vegitarian. Then i would tell them to just start emailing and telling people when ever they can about what they’re doing and why they’re doing it.

  • Cat

    2035 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I would tell them to read SkinnyBitch, I’ve been vegatarian for ablo time, but that book made me turn vegan. I think it’s great for anyone interested in how eating animals effects your bodies, and gives a little info on how the gov. keeps us from knowing, and suppers the abuse of animals raises for slaughter. And it has resources in the back for good reads and websites on the vegan lifestyle. Oh! To go to peta2 definalty, I think this website shows people the less serious side of veganism, like how fucking kickass itreally is to be vegan!

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