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If you haven’t heard of Goldfinger
already, you probably will soon. In addition to headlining their own
shows, the ska/punk band from L.A. has opened for 311, The Buzzcocks, and
No Doubt. (You’ve probably already heard their top hit, “Here in Your
Bedroom.”) This band is just what the doctor ordered if you like jumping
up and down like a maniac—and if you like animals.
Lead singer John Feldmann is a
dedicated animal rights activist—he slapped a “Meat Is Murder” bumper
sticker on one of the band’s amplifiers, wears animal rights T-shirts
onstage, hands out literature at concerts, and sings a song about aging
hunter schlock-rocker Ted Nugent whose lyrics are too naughty to print in
a family magazine.
During a recent tour, John stopped by
the PETA office to restock his literature arsenal. We asked him a few
questions about animal rights ...
PETA: How did you first get
involved in animal rights?
The first dog I ever adopted was a
homeless dog in L.A. I put up “found dog” fliers and three months later,
someone called and said, “You can have her.” It struck me how people have
such disregard for life. It really made me mad. Having a dog changes your
perspective. I just watch my dog and I think, “This dog has emotions just
like I do. Why would a cow or sheep be any different?”
PETA: Are you a
I’ve been a vegetarian for about
four years. Every time I go to visit my parents in San Francisco, I go
past a huge factory farm. I had to take a look at what I was doing. I’m
almost vegan now. It can be hard on the road, though. I basically live on
Boca Burgers and Smart Dogs.
PETA: How many companion animals
do you have?
I have a dog and a cat. My dog,
Foxy, was rescued from my friend. He picked up a hitchhiker with a dog and
kept the dog. I took her because he was living in his car and couldn’t
take good care of her. My cat, Hissy, had been thrown into a dumpster with
his littermates. He was wild, and all he did was hiss (which is where he
got his name). He loved the dog at first sight, though. Foxy was scared at
first, but now they’re best friends and they play and sleep together.
PETA: What issues really touch
Fur is inexcusable. It’s 2000—get
over it. My dog looks like a fox. I couldn’t imagine my little dog being
killed that way. Just because some guy like Puff Daddy or Kid Rock wears
fur on a magazine cover, you don’t have to wear it. Hunting is another
thing that really bothers me. I always make a point of talking about
hunting at my shows.
PETA: How do you get active for
I volunteer at animal shelters
when I’m on the road. When animals are on the street, that’s the worst. At
least euthanasia is humane. It’s better than trying to survive on the
street. I dream of opening a fast-food vegetarian restaurant. Factory
farming is something that everybody who’s not a vegetarian participates
in. I want the whole world to be veg so that when I’m on the road, I can
find something to eat! I just try to be an example. The most powerful
thing you can do is the power of example.
PETA: What would you urge kids
to do to get active?
Go vegetarian, fight
While on a photo shoot in New York’s
Central Park, Fiona Apple came across police officers who had rescued a
dog abandoned in the city’s subway. While other people hurriedly passed by
the dog, thinking, “places to go, people to meet,” Fiona took the dog to
her interview and immediately phoned PETA for help. Our volunteer arrived
and took the dog, who’s since found happiness with a new human family who
named the dog Fiona.
“I feel like it’s your
fault if you know something might happen to that dog and you don’t do
Catnip to World
Goldberg—a tough guy who’s a softie for animals. He spoke to U.S.
lawmakers on Capitol Hill about dog- and cockfighting. He pointed out that
while he chooses to go into the ring, “animals don’t have a choice.”
Animal fighting “makes me sick,” he said.
fur-wearers Kid Rock, Puff
Daddy, and Left Eye (Lisa Lopes) of TLC. None of them seem to give a rip
about animals killed for fur. Let them know that fur-wearers never look
hip, only heartless and stupid. Send Left Eye a message by logging on to
TLC’s Web site at:
Tell Puff Daddy to stuff his fur—into a
box to donate to PETA’s Fur Campaign. Write him at:
And fire off a letter to Kid Rock (c/o
Atlantic Recording Corporation, 1290 Ave. of the Americas, New York, NY
10104) letting him know that fur isn’t cool.
Catnip to South
Park for poking fun at
hunters who claim to be helping deer by blasting them to bits. While
hunters claim that humans must “thin deer herds,” biologists note that
Mother Nature does a fine job of keeping their numbers in check, without
any “help” from hunters.
Catnip to superstar
soprano Charlotte Church. The girl with the golden voice also has a heart
of gold—her Web site points out that Charlotte would never wear real fur.
Thank her by writing: Charlotte Church Fan Club, PO Box 7000, Kiln Farm,
Milton Keynes MK13 7YX England.
drugstore chain Walgreens for
selling AquaBabies, tiny prison cells for sea animals. Imagine spending
your whole life in an empty closet—you’d be cramped and bored out of your
mind. That’s what life is like for the unhappy fish, frogs, nd snails
forced to live in AquaBabies cubes. Write to Walgreens, Corporate Offices,
200 Wilmot Rd., Deerfield, IL 60015; and call them for free at
1-800-289-2273. Remind them that it’s cruel to keep any animal in such a
small, sad space.
“I need Tuno.” Is he trying to tell us something?
Could it be that salsa sensation
Marc Anthony is a closet vegan?
To the casual observer, the title of
his hit song may sound like “I Need to Know,” but we suspect he’s really
singing the praises of the amazing tuna substitute “Tuno.”
In fact, lots of musicians seem to be
subliminally selling vegan chow and animal rights ideas. For example,
doesn’t “Hey, Macarena” sound suspiciously like “Hey, Macaroni”?
Other examples include Lou Bega’s “Mango #5,” Sarah McLachlan’s
“Your Love Is Better Than Rice Dream” (the yummy nondairy frozen
dessert), and the classic Little Richard tune “Tutti Frutti,
Tofutti” (yet another nondairy delicacy). And, maybe it’s just us, but
we could swear Ricky Martin has named a new dance after his favorite
animal protection group: “Diggin’ the PETA Polka.”