Moby Opens Up On His Veganism
Longtime vegan and animal advocate Moby opened up recently to the Los Angeles Times about his thirty-plus years dedication to veganism.
Moby talked to the newspaper in advance of the opening of his vegan restaurant, Little Pine, in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. Below are some of the highlights.
If you can believe it, once upon a time Moby was a punk rock high schooler who made fun of vegetarians. On his transition to vegan activist:
“When I was 10 years old, walking by a dump in the town where I grew up in Connecticut, I heard a tiny little mew coming from a box in front of the dump. I opened the box and inside the box were three dead kittens and one barely alive kitten. And I took this kitten and brought it to the vet with my mom and somehow the cat survived. … About nine or 10 years later I was playing with this cat and … it suddenly dawned on me, if I care about this cat and I want to protect it from suffering — it has two eyes and a central nervous system and feels pain clearly and can suffer — I just simply thought, “Why am I involved in any action that causes suffering to other creatures?”
On how to effect change: “There’s that Voltaire quote, “Perfect is the enemy of good.” Meaning it’s better to do a small, good thing than not do it because you’re not doing a great, perfect thing. Even just someone reducing their animal product intake by 10% or 20% would be remarkable in terms of the effect of climate change and healthcare … doing small things can really have phenomenal consequences.”
On how his creativity has been affected by his veganism: “I’m constantly asked by people where do I get my energy? … I mean I exercise, but I think a lot of it is just having a healthy diet and being a vegan. … It might just be my constitution, but I have a sort of joy, enthusiasm and kind of endless reserves of energy for work.”
Moby also talks about Farm Sanctuary’s Gene Baur, with whom he recently appeared at the Skirball Cultural Center for a discussion on Baur’s new book, “Living the Farm Sanctuary Life.”
“Maybe if being afraid and being alarmed by the poison and the toxins we’re putting in our bodies leads people to change and live longer, happier, healthy lives, then maybe being a little bit afraid isn’t a bad thing,” he says about why meat-eaters shouldn’t be afraid of Baur’s book. “You know, eating whatever we want to eat, using whatever resources we want to use, and you don’t have to be a hippie to see that it’s not only unsustainable but it creates so much misery along the way.”