Legendary musician Brian May has taken a turn toward cruelty-free, vegan fashion and is now encouraging others to be shop more ethically.
May, who has been speaking up against hunting for years, said it became frustrating trying to rationalize speaking up for animals while wearing their skin on his feet.
He recently went on Instagram to announce to his followers that he has stopped trying to justify wearing animals and found some vegan shoes that align with his beliefs.
“I was getting fed up with trying to explain why an animal campaigner would be wearing skins of animals on his feet,” May wrote in the post.
“I reasoned with myself that I needed to go with tradition – stick with what had been my habit ever since Live Aid.” “But … really there was no explanation.”
May showed off a pair of his vegan and eco-friendly shoes from brand Yatay, a company that makes sustainable shoes from products like corn and recycled plastic.
The guitarist stated that the shoes are comfortable and suggested he no longer feels like his actions and fashion choices are hypocritical.
“My conscience felt so much better. No more explaining to do !!! So now I am hooked. These new ones will do nicely for the Summer QAL tour,” May said.
He went a step further and recommended his 1.6 million Instagram followers increase their consumption of vegan food, as well as products they use in order to reduce impact on the environment and animals.
“Remember ! You don’t have to be a Vegan to eat vegan food. Or buy vegan stuff,” said May.
“But every time you invest in vegan merchandise you invest in the health of the planet and the animals that live on it, including ourselves. And you don’t have to make any more excuses !!”
The rocker has been speaking up for animal rights for many years but has also admitted that there are better lifestyle choices he could be making for the benefit of animals.
“To me, I regard it as a first principle that any creature that has feelings is worthy of respect and care,” May said.
“Some of us, we have double standards. A lot of us have cats and dogs and we’d be mortified if something happened to them, and yet we think it’s fine for cows to be bred and for the only purpose to be killed for food.” “And to me, this is inhuman.”
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