Devo to Donate Royalties from "Whip It" to Support PETA Campaign for Circus Tigers
Devo’s 1980 smash “Whip It” has been used to sell all kinds of products and crack all kinds of pop culture jokes since its release, yet now the band has decided to use the song for a bigger purpose by donating a portion of its royalties to a campaign to prevent circus tigers and other large cats from being whipped.
The band has teamed up with PETA, who is encouraging circuses to free large cats from their shows and their control. Singer and bassist Gerard Casale was shown footage of how elephants are mistreated in the captivity of the traveling circus. While Ringling Bros. has announced its plan to end elephant performances this year, cats do not yet face the same future. Casale told the Akron Beacon Journal:
“There’s so much horror in the world, it’s hard to prioritize it, and you kind of keep things in the back of your mind and then you don’t do anything about it.”
Thanks to the influence of his animal activism-savvy wife, Krista Napp, he approached the rest of the band, who agreed donating to the cause was the right thing to do.
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