I like k.d. Lang, her music, her style, her openness and her pride in being Canadian. Strangely enough, I do not have any of her music. So, when I was channel surfing last nite, I came across a concert of hers and decided to tune in for a bit. The music and her performance were stellar, as usual. But this is really what got my attention. An audience member asked her why she sings in bare feet. “Because, I am vegan and plastic shoes are ugly”, she replied. I will get to the plastic shoes later or in another post. I immediately paused the show, grabbed my I-pad and started Googling. Here is what I came up with.
k.d. Lang has been vegan since 1981. In 1990, she participated in a PETA campaign called Meat Stinks. She did this in the middle of Albertan cattle country, which is where she was raised. She poked a not so sleeping bear in some areas of the mid western United States where cattle farming is one of their main industries and, as a result, was boycotted on some American radio stations. I have not been able to find out whether or not a similar boycott happened in Canada. Can anyone enlighten me on this?
I am always so proud of celebrities who have much to lose financially, but still use their names to shine a light on their convictions and beliefs, come what may.
Here are a some of k.d Lang’s quotes on veganism:
“If you knew how meat was made, you’d probably lose your lunch.”
“We all love animals, why do we call some ‘pets’ and others ‘dinner’?”
“I grew up in cattle country-that is why I became a vegetarian. Meat stinks, for the animals, the environment and your health.”
“What matters most is that whatever we eat, we do so with mindful awareness.”
GRAMMIE ANNIE’S VEGAN VIEW
This last quote is very thought provoking. Are we practicing mindful awareness when we eat a non human animal by product of a cruel and unnecessary farming industry ? I think not.
Until next time.
May all beings be happy and free.