Prince, The Animal Kingdom’s Own Prince
Prince was a real animal rights advocate, he gave up red meat in his late 20s, and eventually went vegan. According to PETA, Prince deserved ‘a lifetime achievement award based on his empathy for animals alone’, and I couldn’t agree more. As a true animal lover, he was also very attentive at what he was wearing, and he even explained why his jacket was faux-wool in the liner notes to his 1999 CD Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic:
‘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. Xtremely high rates of mortality r considered normal: 20 2 40% of lambs die b4 the age of 8 weeks: 8 million mature sheep die every year from disease, xposure 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 b4 they would naturally shed their winter coats, resulting in millions of sheep deaths from xposure 2 the cold.’
It takes a real man to have so much compassion. He once refused a leather coat offered by a fan, saying ‘Please do not kill a cow so I can wear a coat!’ and once declared ‘We need an Animal Rights Day when all slaughterhouses shut down’… Are you listening Rihanna and Beyonce, you shameless fur-wearers?
Such dedication and compassion for the animal kingdom did not escape one of his most loyal advocates, Morrissey who celebrated Prince’s life and spirit in a post on his True to You website… and as usual, Morrissey is mad at everyone: ‘Although a long-serving vegan and a strong advocate of the abolition of the abattoir, neither of these points was mentioned in the one hundred television reports that I witnessed yesterday as they covered the enchanted life and sad death of Prince,’ he wrote. This is true, something so dear to Prince is scrapped and ignored by the media… of course, with Morrissey it all goes back to real-life royalties, and this is why his posts are always funny: ‘Prince, who made something of his life as opposed to having fortune handed to him, is far more ‘royal’ than Elizabeth 2, and he will be mourned far more than she, for she could never make herself loveable, no matter how many paid and promoted non-stories flood the newspapers of the world,’ added Morrissey among a few more insults for Elizabeth II.
But back to Prince, he was an active member and donor of PETA attending Galas and events for them and PETA even named him the ‘Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity’ in 2006. ‘The Animal Kingdom Has Lost Its Prince, Your music and your boundless compassion will continue to inspire us all,’ you could read on PETA blog after his death.
After Michael Jackson’s death, a group called Doves for L.O.V.E released an impressive amount of birds at Forest Lawn … and of course the temptation to do the same thing was huge for the man who wrote ’When Doves Cry’… but PETA was not found of the idea: ‘Prince was a huge supporter of PETA and a vegan-general animal advocate overall. Although we were going to use trained doves used at weddings and other events, we chose to not do the release as to not go against anything Prince stood for,’ said PETA organizer Martha Alguera.
‘Prince is the royal that people love,’ wrote Morrissey, and people love him because he came up with sentences like ‘Compassion is an action word with no boundaries,’ when talking about his vegan lifestyle. Beside the music, this is one of his most touching legacies.