Performer Moby, who has been a vegan for over 30 years and is an animal rights activist working with Mercy for Animals has announced that he will be starting a vegan festival, Circle V, with Mercy for Animals and Tony Kanal, which will happen on October 23rd at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, and all proceeds will go to the Mercy for Animals Foundation .
Moby made the announcement on Saturday evening, as the stars came together for the 2016 Mercy for Animals Hidden Heroes Gala held at the Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate the work done by their brave undercover investigators and their incredible supporters. Mercy for Animals is the world’s premiere farmed animal protection organisation, and honoured the work of its brave undercover investigators.
Moby is partnering with animal-rights organisation Mercy For Animals and No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal to organise the festival, which will feature vegan food trucks and performances by Blaqk Audio, COLD CAVE, and Moby himself—the only time he will perform this year. Similar to the profit structure behind Moby’s vegan restaurant Little Pine, all proceeds from the event will be donated to Mercy For Animals to support their work in ending animal exploitation.
Moby has been a vegan since his late teens and has often spoken about his decision to avoid all meat and animal products. The star is a vocal vegan activist, and as well as launching this new venture, he has been putting his 30 years of eating greens to use at his vegan restaurant in Silver Lake, California, called Little Pine, which donates all of its profits to charity.
Explaining to Rolling Stone why he is a vegan, the long time animal love said it was simple.
“I loved (and love) animals and I don’t want to be involved in anything that leads to or contributes to their suffering. At first this led me to give up beef and chicken. Then fish (if you’ve ever spent time with fish you realise pretty quickly that they feel pain and are much happier not being hooked or speared or netted).
“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.”
Tickets to the festival will be available for pre-sale Thursday at 10am.