Following up on my post about vegan celebrities, today we are going to see which singers are vegan. The reason why I include posts about famous vegan singers is because celebrities often fall into sort of a role model for many people, whether they plan to or not. Several celebrities use their status to help non-profit organizations and stand up for animal rights.
So, let’s see which ones made the list.
- Miley Cyrus
- Alanis Morrissette
- Billie Eilish
- Tony Kanal (from the band No Doubt)
A very eclectic line up, from different music eras and different music styles. From rock to pop to electronic and rap, veganism seems to have representatives everywhere 🙂
Miley Cyrus went vegan in 2014 and she has made it her mission to make vegan food, lifestyle, and also fashion completely accessible for everyone. She uses clothing, make up, and shoes that are entirely free of animal cruelty (including vegan leather and faux fur) and she aims to make this more attainable in the fashion world.
She also frequently posts on Twitter and Instagram about animal rights, urging her fans to go vegan.
Moby has been vegan since 1987, and he produced the soundtrack for the critically acclaimed and award-winning vegan documentary “Earthlings”. He is an animal rights activist and he often uses his platform to make his followers more aware of animal rights and environmental issues.
He has worked with Jane Goodall and Leonardo di Caprio (both are known activists), and also Joaquin Phoenix, an actor and animal rights activist who recently won an award for his role as The Joker and who also provided the voice over in Earthlings.
When Moby was 19, his dog and cat indirectly inspired him to go vegan. His pets made him realize the reality of meat and the cognitive dissonance to the suffering of some animals, but not to others.
Here he mentions “Tucker”, his rescue cat.
He states his “why” for being vegan: “I’m a vegan to reduce climate change, improve human health, end antibiotic resistance and rain forest deforestation, but ultimately I’m a vegan for the animals,” says Moby. “It’s my most deeply held belief; that every animal, human or not, is simply/basically/ineluctably entitled to their own life.”
Personally, I love Moby’s music, and I admire him for his activism and everything he does for animal rights and environmental issues.
Ah, remember The Smiths? That was a long time ago, but Morrissey is still making a name for himself. Is he a vegan, a rebel? Both?
I remember that Smiths music album (LPs, those “ancient round discs” that were used before CDs took over, then became obsolete and now turned into downloadable songs from the internet). It was titled “Meat is Murder” (released in 1983).
Back in the 80s, Morrissey was already a staunch defender of animal rights. As controversial and provocative as the title of that album may sound, The Smiths wanted to convey that animals are no different from humans when it comes to feeling pain, fear, and love.
Morrissey never misses an opportunity to speak up for animal rights.
Alanis Morrissette was inspired to go vegan by the book “Eat to Live”, when she was looking for a way to lose weight. “You oughtta know” that she has lost 20 pounds, looks great and feels much healthier. She happily reports that all her aches and allergies are also gone. That sounds fantastic, doesn’t it?
Billie Eilish grew up as a vegetarian. So, she has never eaten meat in her life. Then, in 2014 she decided to go vegan. She based the change on her love for animals and the planet.
“Becoming vegan wasn’t like a huge deal for me because meat was never a thing in my life. It wasn’t like I missed meat– wasn’t like I had something to miss,” Billie says.
Although Billie claims she doesn’t want to force her beliefs down anyone’s throats and she doesn’t believe that this is the way to do things (which I agree with), she occasionally encourages others to live a vegan lifestyle through posts on Instagram.
(from the awesome band No Doubt)
The bassist of No Doubt uses his status to help animals, and he has been active for Peta in online auctions and other events. He has also aided in fundraising campaigns for Farm Sanctuary, which is a sanctuary for rescued animals from the meat and dairy industry, for example, calves, cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and others.
I receive Farm Sanctuary’s newsletters and get regular updates on their rescues. There are some heartbreaking stories and tales (pun intended) of love and even happily furry after.
Tony doesn’t only give to charities, he is also known to visit the sanctuaries he supports, helping out, and even spending some time with the animals.
In Tony’s words: “I’ve always just loved animals and you just start making the connection between what you’re eating and what happens to these poor animals and once you start making those connections and realizing the truth behind what you’re eating, it just, there wasn’t any other option for me.”
He actively uses Twitter to speak up for animal rights and he strongly opposes Indiana’s “Ag Gag” bill, Sea World, and circuses.
Tony Kanal is a true animal hero.
Will.i.am is not the only vegan rapper. Snoop Dog, KRS-One, Russel Simmons, Grey Matter, DJ Cavem Moetavation, Erykah Badu, AshEL SeaSunZ also went vegan, and there are many more … Drake is vegetarian.
In 2018, Will.i.am experienced a serious health scare and after that he changed his diet to a plant-based one. He said that it changed his life. It helped him lose weight and it improved his sleep.
He is vegan for his health, environmental issues, and for the animals. He has also written lyrics about his vegan lifestyle and he urges his fans to join his “V-Gang” which he describes as a “group of people taking a hardcore gangster approach to wellness and conscious living”
Here are some of the lyrics: “You eat the yellowtail, Imma [sic] eat the plant-based. I ain’t chewing on no food, with two eyes and a face,”
The list of vegan singers is much longer, of course, but I just wanted to name a few and explain their reasons for going vegan and how they use their platform for animal rights – if it applies.
Here are some more vegan singers: Stevie Wonder, Ne-Yo, ASAP Rocky, Joan Jett, Mýa, Bryan Adams, Germaine Dupri, Gabrielle Aplin, RZA, Jason Mraz, Dawn Richard, Akala, Oliver Sykes, and the list goes on and on 😉
Jay Z and Beyonce are technically not considered vegans, they’re more like plant-based food enthusiasts 😉
Many celebrities go vegan now, for various reasons, health issues, the environment, the animals, … Their voices are a great help for the voiceless.