Looking for some inspo to go meat free? Here are 14 rock, metal, punk and pop stars who've ditched the meat and prove that it's cool to be kind.
It's never been easier to follow a plant based diet.
Supermarkets are stocking more vegan and vegetarian options, and restaurants, cafes and fast food chains finally offer more than just fries or sad salad. As more and more people ditch meat and dairy, more options are being presented to meet demand.
The reasons behind why people are ditching meat are various, from health and environmental concerns to animal welfare.
Looking for some more inspo to go meat free? Here are 14 rock, metal, punk and pop stars who've ditched the meat and prove that it's cool to be kind.
The metal singer for White Zombie and horror film director turned his back on meat age 18, and has been a vegan for almost a decade. He fights animal abuse with PETA and is critical about the food industry.
In an interview with GQ earlier this year he explains how being vegan is punk rock: "So much of punk rock was about fighting the establishment, fighting the norms, fighting the path that's been laid out for you by corporate America telling you how you're supposed to think and how you're supposed to be. Veganism is exactly the opposite of that. It is anti-establishment. It's becoming more of an established thing—every day some new chain like McDonald's or Burger King starts working a sandwich into their repertoire because they can see the meat industry has an unsustainable future." Zombie also appeared as a judge on the TV show Top Chef where he instructed the contestants to “make vegan taste good”.
Joan Jett loves rock’n’roll and animals. The iconic rocker, best known as the frontwoman for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, has been vegetarian for over 20 years and is a committed animal rights activist and close partner of PETA. “Twenty years ago I thought: What’s the difference between eating a bloody steak and killing my dog, slitting him open and roasting him?” Jett said to the Guardian in 2010. In a 2008 testimonial for the organization, Jett said, “Cutting meat out of your diet is the best thing you can do for animals and your own health. Did you know it’s one of the best things you can do for the planet too?”
The Black Sabbath cofounder and bassist, Geezer Butler, went vegetarian at age 8 after realizing where meat came from. He’s now a vegan and animal right’s activist, and fur parent to 5 rescue dogs and 7 rescue cats. The metal rocker also collaborated with Heavy Leather on a signature vegan leather guitar strap.
Metallica’s lead guitarist became vegetarian more than 30 years ago, citing his belief that eating animals is detrimental to your health.
The iconic star gave up meat in his 20s and eventually became a strict vegan. He even won PETA’s 2006 Annual World’s Sexiest Vegetarian. “2 my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being,” he once stated. The musician reportedly made significant donations to animal rights organizations and causes, as well as lending public support to PETA.
Chrissie Hynde, rock icon, frontwoman of The Pretenders, and lifelong animal rights activist, hasn’t eaten meat in over 50 years. Hynde is an active member of PETA and even had her own vegan restaurant, Vegiterranean, in her hometown of Akron, Ohio. The rocker has spoken out against muelsing; led a protest against KFC in France (where she got arrested); and these days is encouraging people to eat slaughter-free milk and cheese.
His decadent lifestyle may be behind him, but Iggy Pop still has a lust for life. Nowadays the legendary septuagenarian Godfather of Punk adheres to a vegan and macrobiotic diet to keep him in shape for his live performances. He also campaigns for animal rights and collaborated with PETA on videos that spotlight the plight of lab monkeys and animal cruelty.
One half of South African band Die Antwoord, Yolandi Visser raps about not eating meat and often posts about her love of vegan food on her instagram page.
The 57 year old rocker credits a plant-based diet for looking and feeling as hot as, well, Lenny Kravitz. He describes himself as vegan and ‘primarily raw’.
The pop sensation ditched meat in 2014 after learning about the cruel practices of the meat and dairy industry. She is vocal about her veganism, regularly using her platform to encourage fans to consider ditching meat.
Singer songwriter Erykah Badu hasn’t touched meat since high school and ditched dairy and eggs over twenty years ago. “Vegan food is soul food in its truest form. Soul food means to feed the soul. And to me, your soul is your intent. If your intent is pure, you are pure,“ she told VegNews.
Blink 182 drummer, Travis Barker, went vegan in 2009 to recover from a plane crash. He's an investor in popular LA vegan eatery, Crossroads Kitchen, and earlier this year the rocker also launched a vegan wellness brand of CBD products.
Australian singer-songwriter, Sia, has been vegan since 2014. She even joined the cast of animal rights documentary, Dominion, alongside Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix.
Love him or hate him, the outspoken former Smiths frontman has been responsible for turning many fans into vegans after the release of the band’s 1985 Meat is Murder record. The singer is vocal and proactive about his lifestyle. In 2019, he even set up booths at his concerts to collect petition signatures to urge Canada Goose to ditch down and coyote fur in their clothing.