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Moby: 'I had an epiphany that turned me into a vegetarian'

'Porcelain' hitmaker Moby has opened up about what encouraged him to go vegetarian and then, what pushed him even further to commit to a vegan diet in a new interview with the Rolling Stone. 

He explained that at 19-years-old, he had an epiphany after being sat with his pet cat and it changed his life forever: "Sitting on the stairs I thought, 'I love this cat. I would do anything to protect him and make him happy and keep him from harm. He has four legs and two eyes and an amazing brain and an incredibly rich emotional life. I would never in a trillion years think of hurting this cat. So why am I eating other animals who have four (or two) legs, two eyes, amazing brains, and rich emotional lives?' And sitting on the stairs in suburban Connecticut with Tucker the cat I became a vegetarian."

Moby added that his transition into veganism came from the same place of love and care, and the acknowledgement that eggs and milk are often obtained in unpleasant ways: "Then I thought, 'I don't want to contribute to animal suffering. But the cows and chickens in commercial dairy and egg farms are pretty miserable, so why am I still eating milk and eggs?'"

"So in 1987 I gave up all animal products and became a vegan. Simply so that I could eat and live in accordance with my beliefs that animals have their own lives, that they're entitled to their own lives and that contributing to animal suffering is something that I don't want to be a part of."

He concluded by posing the question: "I'd ask you this simple question: Could you look a baby cow in its eyes and say to it, 'My appetite is more important than your suffering'?"

Watch his music video for 'A Case For Shame' here: