For The Animals, Rikki Rockett
"He sounds like some old f***in' codger. Well, he kinda is, but then again, Steve Tyler doesn't sound weird and I think he's older. Ted's a winey assed f***. He just talks. No complete thoughts. Many people think they have me pegged. I do not live in the city in a high rise. I live in the high desert in a small town. I am not a Democrat, I am a Republican. I really am only what is considered liberal when it comes to AR issues and first semester abortion when there is no alternative. (It's a moral issue, not a Government issue). I am not anti-gun. I own three guns and I hike daily in the dry lake beds and the brush with my dogs. I'm not up puking from being drunk at 4:00 a.m. I do not hate Ted or his music, I hate his stance on animals. I do not come from a dysfunctional family, my parents are still together after 52 years. I don't do drugs. Have I? Yes. Do I? Not anymore. Am I a recovering drug addict? Nope, I never got hooked. Thank God. Have I been a pussy hound in the past? Yep. So was Ted, maybe we have one or two things in common. I don't wear leather, I don't eat at McDonald's, yes, I get enough protien and yes, I have a life. No, I'm not ill or lacking anything. I train in submission wrestling several times a week and help teach kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I also off-road several times a week, write music and have great friends from all walks of life. To repeat my self... Yes, I have a life! Too much stuff to do really. The more compassion I share, the more comes to me and the more the negativity rolls off me. I am saying all of this because of all the people who think they know who and what I am just because I fight for the rights of animals not to suffer and because I am a member and founding father of Poison. I would and do fight for the same compassion for people. It so happens that animals are my fight and passion. I was an EMT and volunteered for 3 years back in PA. The burning passion to help save animals stemmed from that to some degree and now animals are my focus and I am here to tell you that it is essentially the same fight. Compassion is compassion, on all levels. You can't draw a species barrier. Killing is killing. There is always an alternative. "People are compassionate up to the point that they are inconvenienced."
For the animals, Rikki!