(ACTIVISM/ANIMAL RIGHTS/CELEBRITIES) World famous EDM DJ Steve Aoki is currently on his summer tour, but that didn’t stop him from sitting down with peta2, PETA’s youth division, to discuss his stance on animal rights.

Steve Aoki is world renown for both his profound presence in the dance music scene as well as for starting up record company Dim Mak Records.

In the interview, Aoki compares his experience as a young music fan to today’s music industry.

“The tweens nowadays listen to Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. When I was a tween, I started getting into vegetarianism and I started getting into animal rights,” says Aoki, who became a PETA supporter at the age of 14. “You know, when you’re young, you’re passionate. You’re also impressionable, and you’re new to a lot of concepts.”

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Steve Aoki would rather go bare than be caught wearing a fur coat. Photo Credit: PETA

One concept that has stuck with Aoki is his firm stance against wearing fur.

“First of all, it’s just gaudy,” he says. “You see a fur coat that just smells of death, and it doesn’t look fashionably cool to me.” And for the people who agree and want to practice kindness to animals? “Find the humane communities that you can be part of,” says Aoki. “When you have a community around you to support you, you can make those decisions easier.”

Aoki, who previously starred in an anti-fur campaign for peta2, is part of a long list of musicians, artists, and other celebrities—including Mark Ronson, Morrissey, Seth MacFarlane, Animal Collective, Dave Navarro, and Craig Owens—who have teamed up with peta2 to promote animal protection.

Check out Aoki’s interview in the video below.

— Kayla Newcomer, exclusive to Global Animal