Legendary musician Prince loved animals, just as people love his music around the world. Because of this love, he switched to the vegan diet in 90’s and remained true to his words below:
No member of the animal kingdom nurses past maturity
No member of the animal kingdom ever did a thing to me
It’s why I don’t eat red meat or white fish
Don’t give me no blue cheese
We’re all members of the animal kingdom
Leave your brothers and sisters in the sea.
Prince supported the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PETA and even donated his music, “Animal Kingdom”- a song that focuses on the reasons why animals are not our to eat- to PETA to use as a musical invitation at its 20th anniversary party. Prince was crowned PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity. Explaining why he chose to live and let animals live, he said simply that he doesn’t “eat anything with parents,” because “‘Thou shalt not kill’ means just that!”
Prince also staunchly refused to wear animals and proudly told everyone why. He wore a non-wool jacket on one of the album covers for his 1999 release Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic and contacted PETA for information to include in the liner notes. He wrote:
If this jacket were real wool, it would have taken 7 lambs whose lives would have begun like this … Within weeks of their birth, their ears would have been hole-punched, their tails chopped off and the males would have been castrated while fully conscious. Extremely high rates of mortality r considered normal: 20 2 40% of lambs die before the age of 8 weeks: 8 million mature sheep die every year from disease, exposure or neglect. Many people believe shearing helps animals who would otherwise b 2 hot. But in order 2 avoid losing any wool, ranchers shear sheep before they would naturally shed their winter coats, resulting in millions of sheep deaths from exposure 2 the cold.
Prince even rejected a leather coat from a fan during a concert in Washington, D.C., saying, “Please do not kill a cow so I can wear a coat!” He also once famously declared, “We need an Animal Rights Day when all slaughterhouses shut down.”
Prince did not place human suffering above animal suffering. “Compassion is an action word with no boundaries.”
Rest in peace Prince, for the animal kingdom.