Video Games Live creator vegans up with PETA

Tommy Tallarico's ad for peta2

Tommy Tallarico doesn't eat
anything with a face

Among all the drama surrounding Super Tofu Boy recently, one detail was overlooked. The music for the PETA political stunt had been contributed by veteran video game composer Tommy Tallarico.

The man behind the Video Games Live concert series is now speaking out in favour of the activist group, claiming that his vegan diet has “given him an extra life”.

He’s teamed up with peta2 to release a vegan testimonial public service announcement which sees him state “I’m Tommy Tallarico, and I’m vegan.” The end result is a video and a poster ad campaign.

Tallarico has contributed tunes to more than 275 games (including Earthworm Jim, Unreal Tournament 2004 and Metroid Prime) and received more than 45 industry awards.

He sat down with PETA to discuss, among other things, why he chose to become vegan.

“I’ve always loved animals, and there was always something that just kind of felt wrong about eating meat.

“Hundreds of millions of animals are being slaughtered! And the hormones and the drugs and the chemicals that they unnaturally pump into these animals—they can’t even stand and walk, and they’re brutally murdered.”

If you’re squeamish, of a delicate disposition or generally don’t like seeing things being tortured, then it’s probably not a great idea to watch this video – like most things PETA, it’s pretty confronting.

Tallarico joins an ever-growing list of artists and musicians urging young people to switch to a “compassionate” diet with the help of peta2 – Davey Havok from AFI, Tom Higgenson from the Plain White T’s, all of Rise Against and even horror-rocker Rob Zombie have all previously joined the cause.

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