Free Download of Nina Hagen and Lene Lovich’s ‘Don’t Kill the Animals’ Marks PETA Anthem’s 30th Anniversary

'80s Indie Icons Were First Artists to Put PETA on Pop Culture Radar

For Immediate Release:
April 18, 2017

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Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – Before P!nk, Paul McCartney, and Moby helped take the group’s message to the masses, trendy ’80s songbirds Nina Hagen and Lene Lovich put PETA on the radio and the pop culture radar with their edgy dance hit “Don’t Kill the Animals.” Now, to celebrate the animal anthem’s 30th anniversary, PETA is offering a free download of the out-of-print Wax Trax Records collectible for the first time.

The quirky song—which begins with a laboratory raid heard over walkie-talkies—opens PETA’s Animal Liberation album, which also features The Smiths, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Howard Jones. It was named “Rock Album of the Week” by The New York Times upon its release in April 1987. Hagen and Lovich were the first artists to donate a song to PETA—since then, Prince, The Black Keys, Morrissey, Chrissie Hynde, Dolly Parton, and Loretta Lynn have followed in their footsteps.

“Life is for living—the animals agree. If they were meant to be eaten, they’d be growing on trees!” chirp Hagen and Lovich on the epic track. (Full lyrics are below.)

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Don’t Kill the Animals

Nina Hagen and Lene Lovich

We all want to see through life’s mystery

The quest for knowledge is a natural activity

But science be careful—science be kind

We can’t go on pretending to be blind

Those animal experiments don’t make sense

You’re getting nowhere with cruelty and death

I say ignorance was some excuse

But uh-uh, not now—you see we got the proof

Animal testing is a dangerous game

All systems are different—we’re not the same

It’s a terrible risk—so no surprise

We get wrong results—hey, what about thalidomide

Abuse yourself of your own free will

Get hurt—get high—get in distress

But don’t drag the animals into this mess

No more torture! The animals are free

The same with messing around with atomic energy

Hey, hey, doctor—reincarnation

Would you like to come back as a laboratory rat?

Here we are coiled like a sleeping snake

We got to expand our potential

For God’s sake

If we want to avoid this endless human riot

Why don’t we start by changing our diet

Life is for living—the animals agree

If they were meant to be eaten

They’d be growing on trees

So no more torture of our furry friends

In the name of food or scientific ends

The pressure is on—be antivivisection!

All our scientists are messing up—they don’t succeed

Let the psychics tell what the spirits think we need

Our super friends from other planets want to give advice

But the money-orientated business doesn’t think that’s nice

Come on, let’s educate the mutated human race

By the superpower of amazing grace

The missing link of human evolution

Is sexuality—it needs a spiritual revolution

My individual God identity

Is what you’ve gotta meet

It’s the rhythm of the beat

Don’t kill the animals

Don’t kill the animals

The animals are free

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind