If you’re at all familiar with The Swellers, you’re well aware that vocalist Nick Diener is vegan. In addition to doling out advice on Twitter, Diener has contributed countless resources to peta2 in the form of workout tips, recipes, and general vegan know-how.
In our latest collaboration, Diener took inspiration from another longtime animal advocate, famed music producer and Goldfinger vocalist John Feldmann. In what is sure to be one of the most powerful music videos you’ll see this year, Diener covers Feldmann’s classic animal rights anthem, “Free Me,” exclusively for peta2:
Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.
|More than 77,000 animals in the United States were slaughtered for food in the two minutes it took to watch that video. Undercover investigations have shown that animals are beaten with metal rods, sexually abused, punched, kicked, and forced onto the slaughterhouse floor kicking and screaming.|
|China is the world’s largest exporter of leather, which includes the skin of cows, sheep, cats, and dogs. Often the cats and dogs rounded up and killed for their skins are lost or abandoned animal companions or strays found on the street.|
|Right now, sickening experiments are being performed by the National Institutes of Health to inflict mental trauma on baby monkeys. The babies are stolen from their mothers and subjected to environments and situations that cause severe stress, anxiety, fear, and depression.|
|In the wild, orcas swim up to hundreds of miles every day. At SeaWorld, orcas, beluga whales, and other marine animals are trapped in barren concrete tanks that are nothing like their natural habitats.|
|The exotic-“pet” trade, in which animals are bred for profit, is HELL for animals. An investigation into one of the nation’s largest “pet” suppliers, U.S. Global Exotics, revealed that animals had been kept for days or weeks in pillowcases, shipping boxes, or 2-liter soda bottles while being denied ANY kind of veterinary care. Sick and dying animals were often simply left to starve to death, tossed into the trash, or shoved into freezers while still alive.|
Animals aren’t lunch or a pair of shoes or something to display at a circus—they’re individuals capable of feeling joy and fear, just as you and I are. They didn’t ask to be taken from their families, kept in cages, starved, beaten, or left to suffer. You can help them. Make a choice with every meal you eat, every item you purchase, and every company you support. Choose compassion.