Chrissie Hynde’s Top 5 ‘Reckless’ Animal Activist Moments

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Animal rights activist and rock ‘n’ roll legend Chrissie Hynde has just released her candid autobiography, Reckless: My Life as a Pretender. In addition to her successful music career, she has never missed an opportunity to speak out for animals. To celebrate the launch of her book, take a look at some of our favourite “Chrissie moments” and enter for your chance to win a copy.

Our Favourite Chrissie Moments

The time she and fellow animal activists were arrested in France for smearing “blood” on the windows of KFC during a protest she organised herself

carriage horse/horse-drawn carriage demo with Chrissie Hynde

The time she called for an end to the use of horse-drawn carriages in New York City and stated, “I got hitched to Jim Kerr in a horse drawn carriage in New York. The marriage didn’t last and I hope the carriages meet the same fate.”

The time Chrissie was so disgusted with the way McDonald’s treats chickens that she appeared on PETA US’ McCruelty billboard along with the phrase “I’m hatin’ it”

CH live export demo2-Jason Baker-PETAThe time during The Pretenders’ tour in Australia when she highlighted the cruelty behind mulesing by unveiling her PETA US ad outside the Sydney Opera House

p_leather_india_2_anti_leather_campaign_chrissie_hynde_arrest_001The time she was arrested alongside PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk in New York City while protesting against the use of Indian leather in Gap Inc products (Gap subsequently stopped buying leather from India – success!)ChrissieThe time she passionately spoke out against Fortnum & Mason for continuing to sell foie gras (She wrote an urgent letter to the company’s chief executive stating how she would avoid the shop “like the plague” until it stops selling this cruelly produced item.)

Enter for a Chance to Win

In addition to being a hero for animals, Chrissie is a rock ‘n’ roll hero! Her autobiography, which has been called “one of the most evocative and colourful music memoirs to be published in recent years”, details her adventures and journey from teenager in Ohio to international star.

For a chance to win a copy, just fill out the form below. The competition closes at 4:30 pm on 23 October 2015. One winner will be chosen at random from all qualified entrants and notified by 30 October 2015. The prize will be posted to the lucky winner shortly afterwards.

Competition now closed.


  • Joanna commented on September 25, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    I can’t wait to read this book. I grew up listening to Chrissy Hynde. Her voice is beautiful, her songs were brilliant and she’s a vegan animal activist – so give the book to someone else, because I am buying it anyway <3

  • Jacky Alexander commented on September 26, 2015 at 10:19 am

    proud to be nearly 5 years Vegan!

  • Marie Cantwell commented on September 26, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Chrissie Hynde is a voice for the voiceless.
    Admire her very much

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