Being vegan is everything Billie Eilish wanted. The Grammy-award winning singer has been plant-based for six years and isn’t shy about speaking out in favor of animal rights.
Eilish grew up vegetarian. Her mother, actor, singer-songwriter, and screenwriter Maggie Baird, is a longtime vegan activist. In March, Baird founded Support + Feed. The initiative provides plant-based meals to people experiencing food insecurity amid the coronavirus pandemic in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia.
“We created a platform where we could provide plant-based, healthy, nutritious meals to people in need. And, in turn, help the restaurants and everyone involved with them from the farmers to the cooks,” Baird told LIVEKINDLY.
The organization also helps local restaurants stay afloat amid government-mandated shutdowns. Animal rights organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) gave the initiative the 2020 Company of the Year award for its work in “helping to change the world, one delicious vegan meal at a time.”
In a statement, Ingrid Newkirk, the group’s president, said: “PETA is recognizing this small but mighty operation for being a glimmer of vegan hope in the weirdest year ever!”
Earlier this year, Eilish—along with her musician brother, Finneas—celebrated Mother’s Day by helping Baird deliver plant-based meals to nurses in Los Angeles.
“We had an incredible Mother’s Day today,” Baird wrote on Instagram. “The whole family and some of our core Support + Feed team [helped] make deliveries today to honor mothers and nurses for Nurse Appreciation Week. We made a difference today!”
Billie Eilish: Giving Voice to Animals
The animal rights organization has also recognized Eilish for being an advocate for animals. In 2019, PETA honored the singer for its 14th Annual Libby Awards. Libby is short for liberation—which refers to animal liberation. Eilish took home Best Voice for Animals for her online animal rights activism.
Eilish spoke out about the cruelties inflicted on mink on fur farms and the abuse sheep suffer in the wool industry to her then 40 million Instagram followers.
“Billie Eilish [is] showing the world how easy it is to help animals by making kind choices in what we eat, what we wear, and how we entertain ourselves,” PETA’s Senior Director of Youth Programs, Marta Holmberg, said in a statement. “PETA is recognizing [her] for using their star power to make the world a better place for all species,” Holmberg added.
Here are 10 other times Eilish has used her platform to speak up for animals.
Why Billie Eilish is a Hero for Animals: In Quotes
In honor of Billie Eilish’s birthday, we’re highlighting some of the most impactful things she has said in favor of animal rights. Here are ten of Billie Eilish’s best animal rights quotes:
Shutting down ignorance
I understand that meat tastes good… and I know you think you’re just one person and it ‘won’t change anything if you stop. But that’s ignorant and stupid. If you have half a brain you should know ‘one person’ adds up. Be smarter,” Instagram Story, 2018.
It’s about the ‘animals, bro’
“Animals, bro. I just don’t understand the point. Why would you eat an animal when you could eat some chips. It doesn’t make sense to me. People would sort of come up with excuses, like all animals die anyway. Like bro, we die anyway—you wouldn’t kill me because I’m going to die eventually. That doesn’t make any sense. There are so many different reasons to be vegan,” Montreality, 2018.
Living a greener lifestyle
“Extreme weather is wrecking millions of lives. We cannot let this happen on our watch. Up to one million species are becoming extinct because of mankind’s actions. And time is running out. Doing what we can to live in a greener lifestyle like cutting out meat and dairy in your diet and reducing plastic use,” Greenpeace, 2019.
‘I love animals’
“I went vegan like four years ago. There were a lot of reasons. I love animals and I just think there’s no point in creating something out of an animal when the animal is already there. Leave animals alone. Also, I’m lactose intolerant and dairy is horrible for your skin. And my skin is VERY aware of that,” Tumblr, 2018.
Where’s ‘yo heart at?’
“Just so you know… this is a mink. You [expletive] getting mink lashes and mink slippers disgust me. Where yo heart at,” Instagram Story, 2018.
Meat Free Monday
“I just wanted to say happy birthday to Meat Free Monday. I’ve been vegetarian my whole life, vegan for five years. Help the world—I try,” Instagram, 2019.
‘It’s a really good time to be vegan’
“Now, we kind of gain weight when we’re on tour because we have so many people, and their whole job is to get us food and make sure that we’re fed and happy and stuff. And going to so many new places. I think it’s a really good time to be vegan, in life, because there’s a lot of places,” Variety, 2019.
A Question for Sir David Attenborough
“Hi, Sir David, it’s Billie here. I wanted to ask you how do you cope with your personal feelings about all the animals that are losing their lives and or going extinct and, or, going extinct? How do you actually deal with that as a human being? I don’t know. I don’t understand,” A Life on Our Planet/Instagram, 2019.
Horses ‘bring me peace’
“Horses are like one of the only things that like bring me peace. There’s barely anything in my life that’s actually like genuinely like brings me to be calm and have peace and joy. So I try to be around horses as much as I possibly can because it just makes me calm and pleasant,” 3voor12 Extra, 2019.
‘I feel sorry for you’
“I keep my mouth shut most of the time about this because I believe everyone should eat and say whatever they want. And I don’t feel the need to shove what I believe in anyone’s face. But man, if you can watch the videos that I just posted and not give a [expletive] that it’s YOU contributing by LITERALLY EATING the creatures that are being fully tortured just for your pleasure. I feel sorry for you,” Instagram Story, 2018.