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Grammy Award winners Maroon 5 are arguably one of the biggest pop bands on the planet. They’ve sold in excess of 6 million albums in the U.S. alone, while racking up an abundance of awards and nominations from Billboard Awards to MTV VMAs, and everything in between. PETA recently caught up with vegan bassist Mickey Madden. Check out an excerpt from his interview below.

” … I think PETA are a force in the world of animal rights recognition. If there’s any organization to throw my weight behind, they seem to be the most obvious choice. The things that really changed my life as far as the, my thinking and my consciousness shifting was Peter Singer. Once I thought about animals differently, I couldn’t really ever unthink that, and from a sort of environmental and health reason, I think Fast Food Nation is pretty indispensable reading too. I, like a lot of people my age who are vegan, I was very influenced by straightedge, by the bands, particularly Fugazi and the scene that came up around them. Going vegan and making that transition is not as daunting as you might think. It can seem like this insurmountable hurtle. People eat more vegan food than they realize, you know? ?Cause, you know, I, like most people, I grew up eating meat and animal products without thinking about it, but it’s, you know, now it’s been almost 10 years and I don’t look back. It doesn’t even strike me as an option anymore, and that transition happened naturally, and I’m happy and healthy, and that could happen to anyone.”

Well said, sir! It could happen to anyone—including you! If you haven’t made the switch to a vegan diet yet, there’s no time like the present to go flesh-free.