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System of a Down Vocalist Views Animal Abuse, Human Abuse Through the 'Same Looking Glass'
For Immediate Release:September 26, 2012
Contact:Wendy Wegner 202-483-7382
Los Angeles -- Hot on the heels of the release of his third
solo album, Harakiri, System of a Down's Serj Tankian is
challenging the ways humans view—and abuse—animals. In an exclusive
peta2 interview, Tankian stresses the importance of taking responsibility
for caring for our planet and the animals who live here—and those animals,
Tankian notes, include humans. "I think that's something that we always
forget with our self-differentiation and egos—that we think that we're
different," Tankian says, "but we are animals."
Tankian goes on to discuss the
importance of adopting animals from shelters—where more than half are killed
because of a lack of good homes—and the horrors of the Canadian seal slaughter.
"It's shocking that something like this could still be happening
Tankian, who previously released five studio albums with
System of a Down, is currently on a world tour. He will wrap up his shows in
the United States on September 28 and begin his international run in October.
Tankian is the cofounder of the political activist organization Axis of Justice
and founder of the music label Serjical Strike Records.
Serj Tankian is part of a long list of musicians—including Dave Navarro,
Tim McIlrath of Rise Against, OTEP, Dillinger Escape Plan, Mike Ness,
and Ted Leo, among many others—who have teamed up with peta2 to challenge archaic, cruel attitudes
A broadcast-quality version of Tankian's video can be downloaded here.
For more information, please visit peta2.com.
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