The Birthday Massacre
The Birthday Massacre is a driving force in today’s goth-industrial music scene. After multiple tours and an appearance on Billboard’s “Top Heatseekers” chart—and with a sound that simply can’t be replicated—the band has proved that it’s a force to be reckoned with.
When we caught up with Chibi, The Birthday Massacre‘s vocalist, she described the humane treatment of animals as “having compassion for them as living beings, and accepting that they do have emotions, reactions, and feelings and need us to look out for them and take care of them.” I couldn’t have said it any better. Chibi also spoke out against the use of fur for fashion and the impact of factory farming on the environment, and she gushed about her best friend and beloved feline companion, Kisou. So, it goes without saying that Chibi isn’t shy when it comes to sticking up for animals.
Check out the interview below …
peta2: I’ve heard that you have a feline companion—tell us about her!
Chibi: Oooooh! My sweetheart is named Kisou. Well, Kisou Bee McMittens, technically. She’s 11 years old, a domestic shorthair calico tabby. She’s the first pet I’ve ever had, and I got her the day I moved out on my own for the first time, so she’s been with me through all the ups and downs of my independent adult life. … And she loves to spoon, also. I cuddle with her all night. … She is one of the sweetest, most important aspects of my life. I have never met a gentler, more snuggly animal. I’m very lucky. I love her.
peta2: More than 8 million unwanted animals wind up in animal shelters every year, and half of them need to be euthanized because of the lack of good homes. Do you support adopting animals from shelters?
Chibi: Yes, I definitely do. So many times people want cute little babies, puppies or kittens, and they’ll overlook the fact that there are some very special animals who’ve perhaps already lived a bit of a rough life [and] who are in special need of love and a second chance for a good home. I’m very supportive of the idea of adopting an older animal. … Anyone thinking of getting a new pet should look at a shelter and help them out. Our drummer Rhim’s cat, Frost, is a rescue cat. He was 3 when Rhim got him, and he is so very loving. I think rescued animals develop a special love for their new person. It’s like they know they’ve been given a second chance and they adore you for it.
peta2: I notice that The Birthday Massacre uses a bunny for its logo. How do you feel about the fact that animals such as bunnies, foxes, and even dogs and cats are still being killed for their fur?
Chibi: I don’t agree with it, and I find it confusing. I guess some people really love wearing fur, but there is no practical need for it in our culture. So the fact that it is purely for fashion is pretty revolting. Especially since there is synthetic fur now, if you simply must have that as part of your “style.” … It seems like a very heartless, systematic, emotionless industry that serves no purpose. … “Haute-couture” is not a reason!
peta2: According to the U.N., factory farming of animals is the number one cause of global warming. What do you think about that?
Chibi: Our manager is really on the politicians about factory farming in Southwestern Ontario. Besides the cruelty to the animals, the runoff of the manure in the spring and with heavy rains is making the coastline of Lake Huron a disaster zone. He tells me that the beautiful stretch of sand dunes and beaches around The Pinery Provincial Park and well north of Grand Bend (the big resort town) gets posted for no swimming half the summer. It should probably be posted all the time until they dismantle the factory farms in Huron County.
peta2: Do you have a favorite vegetarian meal?
Chibi: I am a taco nut, and the other night I made tacos using finely chopped potatoes and mushrooms rather than ground beef. My boyfriend is vegetarian, so I’m learning a lot about meat substitutes and I’ve gone for a few vegan meals as well, including a “fake” turkey made of tofu that wasn’t half-bad.