Prince Dead: PETA Pays Tribute To Vegan Singer’s Animal Rights Activism
PETA is mourning Prince, who tragically died on Thursday at age 57. The organization has dubbed the iconic musician “royalty” for his vegan lifestyle and work as an animal rights activist.
PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange released a statement on the group’s official website noting some of the singer’s efforts to support its cause. The statement praises his pro-vegan song, “Animal Kingdom,” which was played during the organizations’s 20th anniversary party in New York in 2000. The musician also attended a 2005 charity gala, and was named PETA’s “Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity” in 2006.
“He spoke out and sang against abusing and killing animals for food and clothing,” further reads PETA’s statement. The animal rights organization also lauds Prince for slamming the wool industry in the liner notes of his album, Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, the cover of which featured him wearing a faux-wool jacket to make a statement about all of the animals that would have been slaughtered had the coat been real. “Prince’s legacy of compassion and creativity will live on, and he will be sorely missed,” concludes PETA’s statement.
PETA also dedicated a blog post to the singer on its site titled, “The Animal Kingdom Has Lost Its Prince,” which says, “Your music and your boundless compassion will continue to inspire us all.” As Gossip Cop reported earlier, President Obama also released a statement paying tribute to the singer, while countless celebrities reacted to the Prince’s death on Twitter.