Committed is a bold, offbeat, globe-trotting memoir that shows how the most ridiculed punching bag in high school became an internationally renowned crusader for the most downtrodden individuals of all – animals.
Dan Mathews is the incomparable public face of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), one of the most effective and enduring pressure groups in the world. With self-deprecating wit and candor, Mathews shares stories of his unorthodox coming-of-age and equally outrageous career. “Everyone has a tense moment in their career that makes them wonder, how the hell did I get into this mess?” writes Mathews. “For me, it was when I was dressed as a carrot to promote vegetarianism outside a school in Des Moines, and a pack of obese pig farmers showed up and peeled off slices of bologna for kids to throw at me.”
Mathews has strutted naked before a fur convention in Tokyo, halted General Motors’ use of animals in crash tests by storming the car-maker’s float dressed as a rabbit, and crashed a fashion show in Milan dressed as a priest. With backdrops such as the rock scene in Hollywood and London, the inner sanctums of New York high fashion, jails in Hong Kong and Boston, and a psychiatric ward in Paris, COMMITTED spotlights the adventures life can offer when you don’t abandon your youthful ideals and imagination.