PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – have released a free download of Prince‘s pro-vegan song ‘Animal Kingdom’ in celebration of what would have been his 58th birthday (June 7).
Originally recording the song for the charity nearly two decades ago, the late artist donated the song to Peta for its 20th anniversary in 1999.
According to The Guardian, Mayte Garcia, Prince’s ex-wife is working alongside the charity and said that they would mark his birthday every year, encouraging Prince fans to make a “veg pledge” and go vegan in support of his legacy. “Prince didn’t want to celebrate birthdays, but to live life, to elevate and educate to the next level of enlightenment,” she continued.
“My mission every 7 June is not only to celebrate his birth, but also with Peta to remember this man by making 7 June a day where Prince fans go vegan to see how much better they feel and to honour his kind legacy. Prince said ‘compassion is an action word with no boundaries’, and that’s our message with this campaign, which everyone can participate in.”
It was confirmed earlier this week that Prince died of an opioid overdose. The 57-year-old star was found dead at his estate in Minneapolis on 21 April. An autopsy was completed on April 22, but medical examiners said at the time that the results of toxicology tests could take several weeks.
You can stream and download the song on the PETA website.