These 22 talented singers are all different, but they have one thing in common: compassion. And they know that their platform can help them give a voice to farmed animals.
Farmed animals make up the overwhelming majority of animals abused by humans and need all the help they can get. Sadly, an estimated 99 percent of all meat, dairy, and eggs come from factory farms.
At these industrial farms, animals are abused in ways that would warrant felony animal cruelty charges if the victims were dogs or cats. This is because not a single U.S. federal law protects animals during their lives at factory farms.
To make matters worse, the law that’s supposed to protect animals at slaughterhouses, the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, doesn’t extend to birds, leaving chickens and turkeys with virtually no protection from abuse.
But thanks to the support of influencers and celebrities, like these famous singers, these animals now have a voice. So without further ado, here’s our list of 22 singers who use their voices for animal rights.
1. Miley Cyrus
A longtime vegan, the 25-year-old singer and actress has never shied away from showing her love for farmed animals and plant-based food!
Sia is an Australian singer-songwriter. While she usually likes to maintain her privacy, in a 2014 tweet she revealed her lifestyle change in response to an invitation from a vegan restaurant owner to stop by again: "I will! I'm fully vegan now!" She has since partnered with various animal protection groups and is an outspoken animal rights activist.
3. Jason Mraz
Jason Mraz is an American singer-songwriter. Known for his love songs, the artist doesn’t stop short of extending that love to animals. That’s right; Mraz is a proud vegan. The singer decided to become vegan to support a bandmate who found out he had Type 2 diabetes. Now Mraz sticks to eating mostly raw plant-based foods.
4. Tove Lo
Tove Lo is a Swedish singer-songwriter known for her raw, grunge-influenced take on pop music. But what you might not know about the hit singer is that she’s also vegetarian.
5. Ariana Grande
The pop star has been vegan for years. “I love animals more than I love most people, not kidding,” she says. “But I am a firm believer in eating a full plant-based, whole-food diet that can expand your life length and make you an all-around happier person.”
6. Leona Lewis
Leona Lewis is a British singer-songwriter well-known for her animal advocacy. A longtime vegetarian turned vegan, Lewis has joined forces with various animal rights organizations, including Mercy For Animals. In 2017 the artist attended MFA’s Hidden Heroes Gala to help present our Compassionate Leadership Award to Diane Warren.
Victoria Asher, also known as Vicky-T, is an American musician and the former keytarist for the band Cobra Starship. Asher is a passionate animal rights activist and MFA supporter. She has attended our annual Hidden Heroes Gala and participated in many MFA campaigns.
8. Joss Stone
Joss Stone is an English singer, songwriter, and actress. The artist is a lifelong vegetarian; in fact, she’s never eaten an animal. Stone has teamed up with leading animal protection organizations to help raise awareness for a range of animal rights issues.
Mýa is an American R&B and hip-hop singer. While many know her from her hit song “My Love Is Like... Wo,” what they might not know is that the artist is also a longtime vegan and animal rights activist. Mýa is a proud MFA supporter, having attended our annual Hidden Heroes Gala, posed for the cover of CL magazine, and participated in our campaigns. Mýa truly is a voice for the animals!
10. Lloyd Daniels
Daniels was the youngest act on The X Factor in 2009. Since then the 25-year-old has starred in numerous musical productions throughout the U.K. He is a passionate vegan, often sharing pictures of his delicious meals on social media and inspiring his followers to adopt a plant-based diet!
11. Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding is an English singer-songwriter who is passionate about protecting the planet and animals. In fact, in a recent interview with The Cut, the singer said she’d been vegetarian for six years and would make this year the one where she finally went fully vegan. She added that once she learned where meat came from, she found the concept hard to live with.
12. Jhene Aiko
The vegan singer-songwriter is outspoken about her love for animals. She says, “Having grown up with a love for and a connection to all animals as well as having been educated on the health benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, it made sense for me to go vegan.”
13. Lauren Jauregui
Lauren Jauregui, member of the group Fifth Harmony, recently announced on Twitter that she was trying a vegan diet. Responding to a question about her workout routine, the 21-year-old singer tweeted: “I’ve actually just been eating cleaner. Trying my best to be vegan/plant based.”
14. Bryan Adams
Singer Bryan Adams looks amazing, and we’re pretty sure it’s because he’s been vegan since 1989. Earlier this year he took to social media to wish his fans and followers a happy new year while urging them to go vegan in 2018. But Adams is no stranger to promoting the benefits of plant-based eating. In December he shared a Facebook post about his vegan journey.
15. Carrie Underwood
The American country singer rose to fame as winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. The star grew up in Oklahoma on a cattle farm and after witnessing what she describes as a traumatic event, she stopped eating meat. In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan magazine, Underwood said, “I never eat meat and try to eat totally vegan, which is easiest when I cook for myself.”
The 21-year-old singer and actress told People magazine, “My main reason for being a vegetarian is that I’m an animal lover—definitely NOT because I love vegetables.”
17. Noah Cyrus
Like her sister, Miley, Noah is a vegan activist who cares deeply about animal rights. The 18-year-old pop singer has worked with animal protection groups to educate the public on the cruelty of factory farming.
Pink is an American singer-songwriter who was originally part of the R&B group Choice but decided to go solo. The chart-topping artist is an animal rights activist, partnering with many organizations.
The vegan songwriter and rapper from Atlanta performed last year at MFA’s Circle V festival. And he’s been very outspoken about the many benefits of a vegan lifestyle.
20. Richard Marx
Marx boasted hit after hit in the ’80s and ’90s, but what’s truly commendable is his commitment to veganism. The singer-songwriter posts on social media frequently, giving you a glimpse into the life he enjoys with regular exercise and nutritious plant-based foods. But his veganism isn’t just about being healthy and looking good; he’s also a die-hard animal rights activist!
21. Erykah Badu
Award-winning singer-songwriter Erykah Badu has been vegan for more than 20 years. “Vegan food is soul food in its truest form,” the artist and activist declares.
22. Davey Havok
Frontman for the bands DREAMCAR and AFI, Davey Havok went vegan after reading Diet for a New America by Dr. John Robbins. An outspoken advocate for animals, Havok created vegan fashion lines Zu Boutique and Eat Your Own Tail. Two of his favorite vegan spots are Candle 79 in New York City and Millennium in San Francisco. The 42-year-old says of veganism, “It’s been a positive choice in my life and I feel it would be a positive choice in anyone’s life.”
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