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Why Animal Rights Protest Singer Maria Daines Supported Pink

Updated on November 23, 2016

Rock Singer Maria Daines Sings for Animal Rights

Maria Daines is a brilliant rock and blues singer and she is also a top quality songwriter with a difference - a high percentage of her songs are about animals and focus on specific animal abuse and welfare issues.

Maria is getting known for this and she has supported the popular singer Pink, who is also famous for her outspoken views on animal rights. Maria shared the same stage as Pink in August 2007 at the Cardiff Arena in South Wales for the Party For Animals World Wide, which raised over £90,000 for six animal welfare charities.

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Maria Daines with Mercy T-shirt
Maria Daines with Mercy T-shirt
Maria Daines supports Pink at Cardiff Arena
Maria Daines supports Pink at Cardiff Arena

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Maria Daines comes from Cambridgeshire and is backed by guitarist Paul Killington, who is also her songwriting partner. The two of them front a no nonsense rock band, which also plays their own songs on other subject matter besides animals. They got together in 1996 and besides playing plenty of live gigs Maria Daines has made several TV appearances, and has fans in over 20 countries.

Maria's voice and talent has won her several awards including best artist in the International Online Music Awards 2006 & 2007. Maria's music has been played on many FM radio stations across the world, and in the UK she and Paul have both been guests on Sue Marchant's BBC radio show.

In addition to her live work and music releases, Maria has a large following online and uses the Internet not just to promote herself and her songs but as a platform for speaking out about campaigns she supports and to speak out on behalf of the animals.

Maria's emotional songs touch on many issues to do with the suffering of animals and often make reference or are tributes to specific animals who suffered and died as a result of human cruelty. Animals like the poor dog Mercy, a 10 month old pit bull mix puppy who was tortured and died from her injuries in April 2006, and the three-legged moon bear Andrew who was rescued from a bile farm but who sadly died because he had contracted liver cancer from the cruel treatment he suffered while a prisoner.

Maria Daines' hard-hitting I Am The Owner Of This Coat is a protest against the trade in animal fur and the barbaric way millions of animals have their fur literally ripped off their backs while they are still fully conscious.

They Wanna Kill (have mercy on the ice) is about the merciless seal culling that goes on every year and came in response to the true story of a wealthy business woman who offered the seal industry in Canada millions to stop the killing but her money was turned down.

Maria's songs touch on the subject of animal cruelty all over the world - from the stray dogs of Abandoned in Romania to I Wanna Run Free about the horse slaughter in America. The latter song was heard by Willie Nelson who was so impressed he sent a message to Maria and Paul to commend them for it. This is a wonderful recommendation for Maria and Paul's talents coming from this world famous music star, who is also known for speaking out about issues he feels strongly about.

Maria and Paul are close friends of and work with Mary Alice and Chris Pollard who run the Cornwall's Voice For Animals sanctuary. Music United For Animals is a CD of 13 of Maria's animal songs to raise funds for animal shelters and is "dedicated to the memory of Mercy" (the dog mentioned above.)

The animals cannot speak up for themselves but with her powerful voice Maria Daines is doing all she can to be talking on their behalf! Maria Daines is going to keep on singing in support of all the suffering animals in this world, and her passion for animal rights is no doubt why she was selected to support the well-known start Pink.

The best place to start finding out more about Maria is at her site here: She is a rock singer well worth supporting if you care about animals.

Memorial to Animals Asia's Andrew with Maria Daines' song

© 2008 Steve Andrews


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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for posting your comments!

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      Brien Comerford 6 years ago

      Plaudits for this video and song. I have most of Maria and Paul's animal related music but I don't have the emotive and poignant "Andrew".

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      Steve Andrews 9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, compu-smart!

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      Compu-Smart 9 years ago from London UK

      A great hub, Bard for such great people!, ..Very inspiring indeed!! Good job!!

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      Steve Andrews 9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you!

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      Internet MLM Now 9 years ago from Oklahoma

      God Bless You, your cause and your music.

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      Steve Andrews 9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for reading my hub, Karen, and posting your message!

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      Karen Ellis 9 years ago from Central Oregon

      You always bring such interesting material to hubpages. Thanks so much for sharing your insight and knowledge.

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      Steve Andrews 9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      And thank you, Vesna, for posting here! I am glad to hear you will be meeting Maria and Paul!

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      Vesna 9 years ago

      I very much look forward to meeting you (Maria & Paul) and giving you a 'bear hug' this Sunday at our annual 'sponsored dog walk' ... an annual reunion of rescued 'Greekies' (dogs who were rescued in Greece & brought here/homed by GAR). You will be greeted by a few dozen smiling faces ... both human and canine!!

      I very much respect your total commitment to helping animal causes and your music ... your haunting voice and Paul's perfect accompanying guitar ... are awesome!! As heartbreaking as the plight of animals worldwide is, as desperate our efforts to help them are, I feel that we share the privilege of having met numerous very special people in our lives, whom we would never have met had we not taken the same path of loving and caring for the beautiful animals, who enriched our lives more than words can say.

      Thank you Maria and Paul for being who you are ...

      Lots of Love,


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      Steve Andrews 9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Zest! And thank you on behalf of Maria and Paul for supporting their brilliant music!

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      ZEST 9 years ago

      Maria Daines is a wonderful human being that knows how to go about getting things done in a peaceful and meaningful manner.

      I am one of the people that have played Maria and Paul's music extensively on my radio show, Zest Radio Show on CKRG 89.9 FM Radio Glendon, York University, Toronto, Canada.

      It is a pleasure to be a sponsor of the great album, Music United For Animals, by Maria Daines and Paul Killington

      It is because of Maria Daines that millions of animals, humans and natural resources have been saved from fates that are devastating to our collective spirit.

      Great article here, and kudos to Bard Of Ely for continueing to educate us all !!!!



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      Steve Andrews 9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for posting Mary Alice! I am hoping this will help Maria and Paul and the animals and anyone who is helping!

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      Mary Alice 9 years ago

      What a wonderful tribute to these two amazing and compassionate artists who do not fear to make a stand for the lives of the animals they represent through song !

      Thank you for this heartwarming article - they are an inspiration and a great example !

      Watch their space - there will be much more from these two Rockers for Animals !