Just in time for World Vegan Month this November — and smack dab in the middle of promoting his band's latest album, "Pinewood Smile" — THE DARKNESS's lead singer and vocal vegan proponent, Justin Hawkins, sat down with PETA at Los Angeles's iconic Fonda Theatre for an exclusive video interview about animal-free eating.
"It's good for your voice, good for your body, good for your circulation, good for your skin, good for your eyes, good for your nails, good for your teeth, good for your hair. It's probably good for your nose. It's good for everything," he says.
Hawkins credits his wife with educating him about the cruelty inflicted on animals in today's meat, egg, and dairy industries — and he proudly reveals that his entire family has gone vegan. "There's a lot of substitutes that do simulate meat, but there's also some brilliant vegetables that mother nature has invented, so I don't think there are any excuses, really," he says.
PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to eat" — notes that in addition to saving more than 100 animals a year from prolonged suffering and a terrifying death, those who go vegan also reduce their risk of suffering from diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer — and a United Nations report revealed that a global transition toward vegan eating is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.
Hawkins is part of a long list of celebrities — including Travis Barker, Davey Havok, Paul McCartney, Moby, Rob Zombie, RZA and Jona Weinhofen — who have teamed up with PETA or one of its affiliates to promote healthy and humane vegan meals.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.