On the 4th of October, this year is the all-important World Animal Day. There are many things you could do to help the cause- donations, spread awareness, consume meat based products responsibly, the list goes on. Similarly, celebrities can also use their social influence to spread the news. One celebrity taking on that advice is Gavin Chappell-Bates who will be releasing a song entitled Do What You Like on Thursday.
He wrote the song to highlight the issues surrounding us as a planet and how much of an influence we have on our Earth.
According to his website, bandcamp.com Gavin wrote the song “to highlight his biggest fears, the destruction of our environment and the mass slaughter and suffering of animals. In 2014, inspired by his affection for his cat Sully, Gavin had an epiphany and converted first to vegetarianism and then to veganism. Having been a consumer of meat and dairy for over thirty years he had never previously questioned what he put in his body but with increased awareness he, along with his wife Alison, decided he had to make a change.”
Perhaps you won’t go to such extremes to show your care for the environment but simple acts of awareness such as throwing away your litter, reusing plastic and beachcombing can make a big difference. Most of our rubbish can end up in oceans destroying marine life in the process. You can also join his movement to teach animal welfare and conservation by signing up to a Thunderclap campaign which you can learn more about here.
The message doesn’t stop in the music, however. You will be able to purchase the digital download alongside a short film which is coming out around the same time as the song. Gavin collected the footage from a number of animal welfare and conservation charities that will provide the powerful visuals to go with the song. To thank them for the footage, proceeds from the song will go to the following charities: Animal Aid, Animal Equality, Animals Australia, Earthling Ed, Greenpeace, PETA, Save Me Trust, Tiger Awareness and Viva!
If you want to help save the animals on the 4th, I’d suggest starting on the site.