Michael Allen Madden or known as Mickey Madden was born May 13, 1979, in Austin, Texas, United States. He is the bassist of the rock-pop band Maroon 5 from the United States. He is one of the artists who has become vegan because of his concern for the environment and his health.
Since childhood, Madden has been interested in becoming a musician and started playing since junior high school at Brentwood School in Los Angeles, playing in a garage with friends Jesse Carmichael and Adam Levine. Pearl Jam and Nirvana are bands that influence their music. In 1994, with the addition of Ryan Dusick to drums, Kara’s Flowers band was formed. After the dissolution of Kara’s flower, Madden went on to UCLA.
After Madden entered college, the group reformed and pursued new musical directions and changed their name to Maroon 5. Throughout their career, the band released six albums: Songs about Jane, It Won ‘t Be Soon Before Long, Hands All Over, Overexposed, V and finally in 2017 with the Red Pill Blues album.
Reasons for Mickey Madden being Vegan
Madden has gradually released animal products since he was in high school. At present, he feels it is easy to become vegan especially all band members support his diet. Madden even said that Adam Levine was 85% vegan for health reasons.
He points out that all members of Maroon 5 were very health conscious and all were truly friendly to vegans. All band members are meat eaters, but they understand the principles of veganism and that for him has made a big difference.
In an interview with PETA, bassist Maroon 5 revealed, “I have a common affection for animals and respect for all living things. Having that spark of interest makes me do research, and when you dig a little below the surface, what you find really annoying. This makes veganism seem the only choice. I can’t even imagine eating animal products at all. ”
Mickey Madden is a Supporter of Farm Sanctuary
Madden is very concerned about animal welfare so he also supports the activities of the organization from Farm Sanctuary. Farm Sanctuary is an American animal protection organization, founded in 1986 that aims to defend livestock. This organization is the first refuge for cattle in America. They promote laws and policies that support animal welfare, animal protection, and veganism through salvation, education, and advocacy.
Farm Sanctuary is a vocal supporter of the 2006 Chicago Ordinance that banned the sale of foie gras. Foie gras itself is a goose liver which is a luxury dish that comes from French cuisine. This food is full of controversy because it requires the process of torturing geese.
In 2008, Farm Sanctuary said in an official release that three Westside Markets in the City of New York signed a promise not to sell foie gras, joining more than 50 companies in New York City, 1000 restaurants across the country. The Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s grocery chains have also promised not to sell foie gras. The participation of Mickey Madden in supporting the movement of the farm sanctuary is one of the statements of his concern for the environment.