Between fronting iconic Los Angeles band Social Distortion and stepping out as a solo artist, Mike Ness has been bringing music to the masses for decades while cementing himself as one of the most influential artists in rock and roll. His unapologetic attitude and steadfast sincerity are omnipresent not only in his music but also in his day-to-day life.
Some of today’s most politically charged bands such as Rise Against and Pennywise have drawn influence from Social Distortion’s brand of passionate punk rock, and now the legendary musician is teaming up with peta2 for the second time to help raise awareness about the benefits of going vegetarian.
We last teamed up with Mike Ness to help spread the word that “meat’s not green.” Raising animals for food is one of the leading causes of climate change—factory farms produce exorbitant levels of greenhouse-gas emissions that are wreaking havoc on the planet. A staggering 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, according to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute.
Factory farming is also to blame for the clear-cutting of rain forests in Brazil and elsewhere to make room for growing crops that are fed to cattle, not people. In the U.S. alone, more than half the water used and 70 percent of the wheat grown goes to feed factory-farmed animals. When you consider that it takes 16 pounds of grain and 2,500 gallons of water to produce just 1 pound of meat, it’s easy to see what a gross misuse of resources it is to continue to eat animals.
And once you factor in the cruelty endured by animals on factory farms—piglets are castrated without being given any painkillers, cows have their throats cut while still conscious, and chickens suffer broken wings and legs—the idea of eating animals when so many cruelty-free alternatives are available is incomprehensible.