PETA
wishes a very happy 60th birthday to rock legend Chrissie Hynde, who, when she isn’t
using her beautiful voice to sing platinum hits, uses it to stop cruelty to
animals. From opening her vegan restaurant, VegiTerranean,
to having her hit song “I’ll Stand by You” featured in a heartbreaking public service
announcement
, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has spent decades
advocating for animals. Chrissie’s actions for animals are too numerous to
list, but here are our six favorites:  

  1. Chrissie was arrested in New York
    when she, along with PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk, “reconstituted”
    leather clothes, taking them apart to show the hides as they were,  in the flagship Gap Inc. store in Times Square
    to protest the company’s policy of buying leather from India, where cows are
    tortured on the way to and during slaughter. The Gap subsequently stopped
    buying Indian leather.  
  2. Chrissie
    was so disgusted that McDonald’s suppliers scald birds to death for McNuggets that
    she appeared on a
    McCruelty billboard
    with the phrase “I’m
    Hatin’ It” and led protests at McDonald’s restaurants in Salt Lake City and Philadelphia.
  3. During
    a Pretenders tour stop in Australia, Chrissie used the opportunity to unveil a new PETA ad at the Sydney Opera
    House showing the bloodied backside of a mulesed sheep.
  4. While
    protesting horse-drawn
    carriages in New York City
    , Chrissie told reporters, “I got hitched to
    Jim Kerr in a horse-drawn carriage in New York. The marriage didn’t last and I
    hope the carriages meet the same fate.”
  5. When
    The Pretenders’ summer tour organizer made the mistake of scheduling a concert
    at the Minnesota Zoo, which routinely sells animals from its petting zoo to be slaughtered,
    Chrissie told the zoo
    to call off the killing
    . The zoo retaliated by canceling
    the show. But the singer didn’t care—no brass in her
    pocket is worth animals’ suffering.
  6. Chrissie
    has even made plans to keep helping animals after she passes away. Included in her will is the directive that PETA
    should make an ad with her image and the caption “Dead Meat Should Be Buried,
    Not Eaten. Take It From Chrissie Hynde.”

We
know that animals would agree with us, Chrissie—you
rock!

 

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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Article source: PETA Files

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