The Pretenders' Upcoming Performance Marks 30 Years Of Activism For Frontwoman Chrissie Hynde

The 'intimate' show will take place in London on April 26
The rockstar has been unapologetically anti-slaughter for decades (Photo: Instagram)

The Pretenders are set to play a PETA show at London’s Subterania this month in celebration of vocalist and guitar player Chrissie Hynde’s thirty years of animal activism.

Celebrity activist

While Hynde isn't vegan, she has been a vegetarian since the sixties, and an outspoken animal advocate in collaboration with PETA for decades.

In fact, a ringing endorsement from the animal rights organization says there is nothing Hynde 'wouldn't do to further the cause of animal rights'.

Her career as an activist has led her to participate in countless protests and campaigns wherein she used her fame to draw attention to a number of crucial animal rights issues.

'Fearless work'

PETA told PBN: "Chrissie's committed and fearless work has exposed and halted a long list of cruelties, helping PETA and its affiliates grow into the world's largest animal rights organisation."

In 2000, Hynde was arrested in New York alongside PETA President Ingrid Newkirk after protesting leather use at fast-fashion giant GAP's flagship store - and was released just hours before her sold out concert the following day.

Pretenders Concert 2018
Tickets to the Thursday night event can be purchased online for £40.00

Taking on fast food

The rock legend was arrested a second time outside of a KFC in Paris, where she joined PETA in protesting inhumane scalding and defeathering of birds which is common practice in the meat industry.

Not stopping at KFC, Hynde also invited fans to join her at protests at a number of McDonalds locations while on tour.

According to PETA, her work helped convince the fast-food giant to stop the inhumane practice of burning beaks off of chicks, and to add a veggie burger to its menu.   


The Pretenders are set to perform at 7:30pm on April 26 at Subterania on Acklam Road.

Tickets to the event can be purchased online for £40.00.

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Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.

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