Moby has come out with yet another hit, but this time it has nothing to do with music.
His ‘Love Animals, Don’t Eat Them’ T-shirt line, created to raise awareness for animal rights, features unique cartoon drawings and comes in a variety of styles for men, women, and children. This isn’t the first time that we’ve joined forces with Moby. A few years back, he recorded a holiday hotline for PETA in response to Butterball’s annual turkey-cooking tipline.
This time, Moby sat down with peta2 to discuss the importance of veganism and the inspiration behind his new shirts, which can be purchased right here, right now, only at peta2.
Why did you originally decide to get involved with PETA?
I became a vegan almost 20 years ago, so it stood to reason that I would get involved with PETA, as it’s one of the most prominent and effective animal rights organizations in the world.
You went vegan when you were 21. What prompted the change?
I became vegetarian because I didn’t want to be involved in anything that caused unnecessary animal suffering. That same reasoning led me to become a vegan.
Do you have a favorite PETA campaign?
I’m most impressed with the undercover and legislative work that they do.
Do you have any advice for new vegans and vegetarians or for someone who is thinking about making the switch?
Move to downtown Manhattan. Apart from that … experiment, and ignore people who ask you the annoying “protein” question.
What’s the most touching or inspiring story you’ve heard from a fan about animal rights?
When I tour, I hear lots and lots of inspiring animal rights stories, so it would be almost impossible to choose just one.
What’s the latest news about teany?
I’m trying to make my life simple, so I’ve given teany to my ex-girlfriend Kelly. I still hang out there, but she runs the café completely on her own.
What inspired the art for the T-shirt that you designed for PETA?
I like to draw cartoons.
We rarely read an article about you that doesn’t mention that you’re vegan. Why do you think it’s so important to be outspoken about animal rights and veganism?
Because billions of animals are suffering and it’s incumbent upon us to do all that we can to alleviate their suffering.
How do you think that environmental issues and animal rights issues are related?
One of the biggest ones is, of course, water. The number one cause of water pollution in the United States is animal production. And then the number one cause of deforestation in the Third World is clearing land for grazing. The environmental ramifications of animal production are almost as depressing as animal production itself.
What are your favorite places to eat in New York?
Blossom, Angelica’s Kitchen, Kate’s Joint, teany, Franchia, Counter, Wild Ginger, etc., etc. Like I said, if you want to be a happy vegan, you should move to Lower Manhattan.
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