While most of the world knew Prince Rogers Nelson as the music legend behind songs such as Purple Rain, Diamonds and Pearls, and Little Red Corvette, the animal welfare community knew him as a voice for animals.
Prince was a lifelong vegan and used his celebrity status and music to promote veganism and animal activism. This can be seen in the album Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, which carried a message about the sheep that suffer so that humans can wear wool garments. In the liner notes he wrote:
If this jacket were real wool, it would have taken 7 lambs whose lives would have begun like this … Within weeks of their birth, their ears would have been hole-punched, their tails chopped off and the males would have been castrated while fully conscious. Xtremely high rates of mortality r considered normal: 20 2 40% of lambs die b4 the age of 8 weeks: 8 million mature sheep die every year from disease, xposure or neglect. Many people believe shearing helps animals who would otherwise b 2 hot. But in order 2 avoid losing any wool, ranchers shear sheep b4 they would naturally shed their winter coats, resulting in millions of sheep deaths from xposure 2 the cold.
You can also hear the testament to his love for animals in the song, Animal Kingdom from his 1998 album The Truth: