Rock icon Pink never hesitates to speak up for animals.
She’s been a PETA US supporter for more than 15 years, using her name and fame to raise awareness of the abuse animals endure in the skins industry and writing letters to persuade governments, company executives, and even royalty to stop using animals for entertainment.
Here are some of Pink’s most memorable campaigns for animals over the years:
Before there was widespread awareness of the horrendous suffering endured by sheep used for their wool, Pink spoke up for them in this video:
“Merino sheep have been greedily bred to have as much skin as possible and, therefore, more wool. These “Frankenstein” sheep get such massive folds in their skin that they can’t even crap properly. Flies lay eggs in these folds, and the hatched maggots can eat the sheep alive. Using the cheapest, cruellest, and crudest way to combat this so-called “flystrike”, farmers throw these gentle lambs onto their backs and restrain their legs between metal bars. Then, without any pain relief at all, they use gardening shears to carve out giant chunks of flesh from the lambs’ rumps.”
Despite the Australian wool industry’s assurances to the singer that this practice – known as mulesing – would be phased out by 2010, to this day, 80 per cent of Australian wool comes from lambs who were mulesed, often without pain relief.
Asking SeaWorld to Build Sanctuaries
During SeaWorld’s annual meeting this year, P!nk called on the company to build coastal sanctuaries for the long-suffering orcas and other marine mammals it holds captive. In a question submitted on behalf of PETA US, she asked the following:
“As a mother, I would never take my kids anywhere that keeps intelligent, sensitive beings in intensive confinement. Children are impressionable, and the last thing I would want to teach my kids is that “might makes right” or that it’s OK to bully and exploit someone just because they look different from us. But that’s exactly what SeaWorld does by locking up animals who, in their ocean homes, would swim up to 140 miles a day, dive to great depths, cooperate with their pods to find food, communicate in their own dialects, and transmit their own culture from generation to generation. At SeaWorld, all these animals are able to do is swim in endless circles. Some are so frustrated that they break their teeth by gnawing on the concrete corners and metal bars of their tiny tanks.
But you have a chance to change all that …. When will SeaWorld transfer its orcas and other marine mammals to seaside sanctuaries to save them – and itself?”
— PETA 🐳🐬 (@peta) June 17, 2018
In 2015, Pink joined a long list of celebrities who have proclaimed that they’d “Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur”. The campaign ad appeared on a billboard in New York’s Times Square in time for the start of New York Fashion Week.
“I wish everyone was forced to learn the horrors that these animals go through for fashion trends,” she told the media. “I hope fur wearers get bitten in the ass by the same kind of animal they wear on their back.”
If I’m going to post nude photos of celebrities on Twitter, I can’t think of a better one to start with than this. pic.twitter.com/gb72htoN2N
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 12, 2015
Confronting the People Who Stole Her Skin
Speaking up for animals skinned for fashion, Pink voiced the part of an animated crocodile in this quirky ad. Recognise the other voice? It’s Ricky Gervais!
Standing Up Against Royal Cruelty
In 2003, Pink turned down an invitation from Prince William to perform at his 21stbirthday party. She declined because of his hunting habits and responded by asking him why he hunted animals at all. Five years later, she followed up with a question aimed at Queen Elizabeth, asking why the bearskin used to make the Queen’s Guard’s caps hasn’t been replaced with a synthetic, cruelty-free material.
Ready to join Pink in getting loud for animals?