Kitty Opens Up About Going Vegan and Adopting Li’l Puff in New peta2 Video

Indie Rapper Shares Her Secret for Glowing Skin and Tons of Energy

For Immediate Release:
October 15, 2014

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

New York – You’ve heard her viral hits “Orion’s Belt” and “Okay Cupid,” and you can see her on The Outsiders Tour with Metro Station and The Ready Set. Now, indie rapper Kitty (formerly Kitty Pryde) is giving the inside scoop about her decision to go vegan and to adopt her dog, Li’l Puff, in an exclusive new video for peta2—PETA’s youth division.

In the video, which was filmed in New York City’s Thompson Square Park, Kitty reveals what made her go vegan. “A lot of my friends are vegan, and so they always have a ton of energy,” she says. “[A]nd my doctor was like, ‘Yeah, your stomach will be so much better without this.’ And then the more you learn about cruelty and how they make chicken nuggets and stuff like that, it made me a lot more proactive about it. … And also my body looks better, and my skin is really nice now.”

Everyone who goes vegan saves more than 100 animals every year from immense suffering on factory farms, in slaughterhouses, and on the decks of fishing boats. They also dramatically reduce their carbon footprint, as the meat industry is a major source of the greenhouse gasses that contribute to climate change.

Kitty also shares how she picked Li’l Puff out at a Brooklyn adoption event. “I held her for a minute, and she was just chill,” she says. “And now I’m never lonely, and I feel like I have a purpose.”

Not all dogs are as lucky as Li’l Puff was. Six to 8 million cats and dogs end up in U.S. animal shelters every year, and roughly half of them have to be euthanized because there simply aren’t enough good homes for them. The best way to help dogs and cats is to adopt them (never buy from a pet store or breeder) and always get them spayed and neutered.

Kitty joins a growing list of musicians and other celebrities—including The Ready Set, Atlas Genius, MisterWives, Animal Collective, Best Coast, and Rise Against—who’ve teamed up with peta2 to help promote its motto: “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.”

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