<div class="field field-type-text field-field-zine-art-body"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item">Vi g&aring;r ikke helt god for alt 1981s gitarist/l&aring;tskriver/vokalist Jallu driver med i de finske skoger, men vi har alle v&aring;rt, og vi beundrer hans veganisme, hans tekster og ikke minst den fantastiske musikken. &nbsp; &lt;a href="http://i98i.bandcamp.com/track/decay"&gt;Decay by 1981&lt;/a&gt; You&rsquo;ve been a vegan for 15 years, what got you into it?&nbsp; Punk in general is the original inspiration for my veganism. In the 90&rsquo;s punk and vegetarianism went hand in hand. For me at the time, it was obvious if you were into punk you were also at least some sort of vegetarian. Any specific song(s) or books that inspired you? I don&rsquo;t recall any one specific book or record that set me onto veganism. But I mention Flux of Pink Indians and their EP &ldquo;Neu Smell,&rdquo; has remained a piece of vinyl I appreciate over the years, as it was sometimes affirming in my younger, earlier vegan days. Are you involved in any animal rights activities?&nbsp; I am not active or associated with any animals rights groups. Again: three active bands, work, getting to spend time with my wife, etc, takes the bulk of my time and energy. I give a little to my local animal shelter every year, and by being vegan make consumer decisions, which though futile in the face of big corporation, is better than nothing. The small example in my living as a vegan has even influenced some coworkers who have not only grown curious about veganism but now try and incorporate a more vegetarian food palate to their &ldquo;meat and potatoes&rdquo; belief system. When will 1981&nbsp;make a vegan anthem? I don&rsquo;t see a fierce animal rights anthem for 1981, despite the fact everyone in the band is a vegetarian of some sorts. Three of us are vegans, but none are the sort of vegans who feel the need to make it a public spectacle. I hope 1981 doesn&rsquo;t write songs that are a list of commands to &ldquo;Do this!&rdquo; or &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t do that!&rdquo; Even animal rights/ veganims isn&rsquo;t a black and white issue. Personally I don&rsquo;t think it&rsquo;s the only animal rights truth or perfect way to live despite the fact I can&rsquo;t stomach even a scrap of food from any source animal. I think all industrial, - large- scale farming of animals is basically pure evil, unnatural and in need of big scale remedy. However I have a harder time judging someone who can, legally, fairly, and within reason, hunt down for food, an animal which has grown and lived a free-wild life. I don&rsquo;t condemn them for that choice. Trophy hunting though, I find despicable and unacceptable. Sometimes in the summer, when at the lakeside, I sit at the dock casting a line into the water for hours. It&rsquo;s catch and release, but if I catch something big enough, my father takes care of the killing, butchery and cooking of the fish (over an open fire), which my wife and father enjoy to eat. That sort of fishing has not bothered my conscious at all, though I won&rsquo;t eat&nbsp;it myself. I am vegan and would like if others were too, but that&rsquo;s just not going to happen. But for existing norms there is a better way. </div> </div> </div>