prince's vegan anthem gets new life from peta

PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2006 gets a surprise posthumous release.

by Hannah Ongley
06 June 2016, 10:09pm

Free Prince music is hard to find on the internet, a fact that became very obvious in the wake of his untimely death in April. But if The Purple One felt as strongly about any issue as he did about music copyrighting, it was veganism. In 1999 the late artist wrote a pro-vegan track called "Animal Kingdom" and donated it to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). That track has now been re-released as a free download through PETA's website to celebrate what would have been Prince's 58th birthday (June 7). 

On the acoustic, atmospheric track, Prince sings, "No member of the animal kingdom ever did a thing to me / It's why I don't eat red meat or white fish / Don't give me no blue cheese / We're all members of the animal kingdom / Leave your brothers and sisters in the sea."

While the track doesn't have quite the same commercial appeal as "Kiss" or "I Wanna Be Your Lover," it's perhaps an even more impressive exercise in artistic innovation. With the exception, perhaps, of The U.M.C.'s, Prince is the only artist to have turned blue cheese into a legitimately good lyric. Having a Meatless (and dairy-free) Monday is really the least we can do to honor the man who gave us so much. 


Text Hannah Ongley
Image via Flickr Creative Commons

Animal Kingdom