musician Joan Jett has given her voice to animals for years, and her dedication to sharing the
advantages of a meat-free diet is an inspiration to us all. PETA and animals
are lucky to have Joan by our side. At South Florida's most touted vegan
establishment, Sublime, Joan unveiled her new ad and was honored for educating her fans about animal
rights and her continued dedication to alleviating animal suffering. Punk rock
icon and star of PETA's "Canada's Club Scene Sucks" campaign Iggy Pop presented Joan with the
Nanci Alexander Activist Award (named after the founder of the Animal Rights Foundation of
Florida, who is also a PETA President's Circle member).
Animals on factory
farms are crammed by the thousands into filthy, windowless sheds and confined to wire
cages, gestation crates, barren dirt lots, and other cruel confinement systems.
Cows, calves, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, and other animals are
forced to endure extremely stressful conditions and fed drugs to keep them
alive in these conditions, which would otherwise kill them. Most never see the
light of day, feel grass under their feet, or know what it feels like to be
Joan attributes her great health and youthful appearance to her
longtime vegetarian diet. In addition to the massive animal
suffering cause by the meat industry, animal products have
been linked to some of our nation's biggest killers: heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and cancer.
Raising animals for food also damages the environment more than just about anything else that we do. Whether it's the overuse of
resources, climate change, massive water and air pollution, or soil erosion,
raising animals for food is wreaking havoc on the Earth.
Jett's love for animals led her to give meat the boot, but she later discovered
the health and environmental benefits as well. Watch her vegetarian testimonial
and consider joining her in kicking the meat habit.
Sign this pledge to go veg, and see how a plant-based diet can rock your world in more ways than one!
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.