Moby has not only been a vegan for more than 30 years but he is also a fierce animal rights activist. This is most obviously portrayed by some of his recent tattoos; one is VEGAN FOR LIFE on the side of his neck, another is ANIMAL RIGHTS in large font on both arms and finally there is a faint VX on the side of his face.
In a recent Instagram post Moby explains his tattoos to the public:
“Oh, and I’ve been asked about the VX by my eye; V is for vegan, X is for straight edge. Straight edge because I simply can’t be a good activist if i’m lying in bed sick & hungover until 5pm every day..and of course vegan because i care about animals, human health, climate change, rainforest deforestation, workers rights, water use, famine, and all of the other horrifying things that are the result of using animals for food.”
Moby’s latest song is a dangerously catchy protest tune featuring on vocals none other than D.H. Peligro from Dead Kennedys. All proceeds from the single go to animal rights organisations. Checking out Moby’s Instagram page is a fascinating look into his activism and as for the video itself you can watch that banging new song below.
Today, April 15th, we all celebrate World Art Day and as part of this, now UNESCO recognized, event we witness the release of The State Of Artistic Freedom 2020, a massive and in-depth report by Freemuse.
This analysis covers 711 acts of violations, in 93 countries, against artistic freedom in 2019, often by the hand of a government or authority body.
The report documents how artists who criticize their government make up nearly half of the artists imprisoned at the moment. Europe is now leading the way in imprisoning artists for use their voices critically against their governments.
The report was officially launched through the World Art Day digital seminar which can be seen below.
How does this sound for a Saturday night whilst in quarantine: Free music, free e-book on healthy living, free workout videos and vegan recipes? We here at Shouts think that sounds like a date!
This lockdown event is created by Croatian-American rapper and animal rights activist IFEEL, whom we interviewed last September. IFEEL uses his talent as a rapper as a voice for the voiceless and regularly performs his music at animal rights events.
Many artists have been performing from their own homes during these extraordinary times. Perhaps it is a positive aspect of this terrible moment that creative people, through the help of the internet, can still reach out and positively affect people around the world.
IFEEL will perform much of his most popular protest music and in between talk about how to live a healthy, and cruelty free, lifestyle. If you can’t attend this online event this Saturday you can always check out his latest album Let’s Talk About It which came out at the end of 2018.