Electronic music icon and animal-rights activist Moby is the subject of a recent episode of new Netflix documentary series, Once in a Lifetime Sessions. The 90-minute Once in a Lifetime Sessions With Moby segment explores the inspiration behind Moby’s songs, his childhood, and his decision to go vegan at 19. In the film, Moby describes the day he realized all animals are equal, with the help of his cat Tucker. “All of a sudden the switch got thrown in my brain,” Moby said. “And I realized every animal with two eyes and a central nervous system has a rich emotional life and a deep desire to avoid pain and suffering.” This realization led Moby to become vegetarian and then vegan two years later. Now vegan for more than 30 years, Moby is known for his animal activism and recently sold his musical instruments and record collection to benefit vegan medical group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The profits of his Los Angeles-based restaurant, Little Pine, also go directly to animal-rights organizations. “Animal-rights activism, or activism in general, is my job,” Moby said. “I decided a few years ago I love making music—I spend a lot of time working on music—but it’s not my job. It’s my amazing hobby. Every day, I think of how I can advance the cause of animal rights.”
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