Last updated on: 5/24/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Mike Ness Biography

Title:
Lead singer and guitarist for the band Social Distortion
Position:
Pro to the question "Should People Become Vegetarian?"
Reasoning:

“The more I got educated about cruelty and inhumane treatment, then it was really a no brainer [to become a vegetarian]. You know, no one would barbeque their family dog. You know, why is a cow or a pig different, or a chicken different. They are just as much of a gentle animal as a dog or a cat…

I just feel stronger, faster, cleaner and healthier… I think hunting is for sissys.”

PSA recorded for PETA “Meats Not Green,” peta.org (accessed May 12, 2011)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Social Distortion, 1978-present
  • Spokesperson, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
  • Founder & Owner, Black Kat Kustoms (clothing, custom cars and bikes), 2003-present
  • Released first solo album, Cheating at Solitaire, 1999
  • Former assistant speech therapist
  • Former house painter
  • Featured in the independent film Another State of Mind, 1982
  • Founded the band Social Distortion, 1978
Education:
  • Attended Troy High School (Fullerton, CA)
Other:
  • Born Apr. 3, 1962, in Stoneham, Massachusetts
  • Released two solo albums, Cheating at Solitaire (1999) and Under the Influences (1999)
  • Recorded two gold records with Social Distortion, Social Distortion (1990) and Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell (1992)
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should People Become Vegetarian?