Gabe is an ambassador, member or supporter of the following aid projects:
PETA – world’s largest animal rights organization
UNICEF – fighting for children’s rights around the world
Starkey Hearing Foundation – helps people with hearing problems
Olevolos Project – help orphans and disadvantaged children in the Olevolos Village
Cure Thrift Shop – benefits the Diabetes Research Institute
The Lunchbox Fund – providing a daily meal for school children in South Africa
Invisible Children – trying to end the use of child soldiers in central Africa
Music Unites – bringing music education to underprivileged children in underfunded inner city school systems
Action For Animals – promote a Vegan lifestyle
One – fighting extreme poverty and preventable disease (particularly in Africa)
Charity Water – bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries
Check out a Video Gabe made for UNICEF.
Read what Invisible Children told UGS about their work with Gabe:
“IC started working with Cobra Starship in 2007 during a Fall Out Boy tour. Since then Gabe has helped out during random events throughout the years. He was one of the many artists crucial to helping IC win $1 million dollars from Chase Bank. Gabe and the band would tweet out support messages for IC asking their fans to vote. He also posed for a photo shoot the IC did for their partnership with Jac Vanek (For The Kids bracelets). Gabe has been a really great friend, solid support and homie for a long time.”
Read what The Lunchbox Fund told UGS about their work with Gabe:
“Gabe Saporta became involved with The Lunchbox Fund because he supports our mission of nourishing minds through nutrition. Like us, Gabe believes that if students are fed a nutritious meal daily, they will be more likely to not only stay in school, but learn in school, thus lessening their risk for HIV/AIDS, unwanted pregnancy and a life of poverty. And of course, his help with the fund has always been greatly appreciated!”
Read an Interview Gabe once did with ‘Action for Animals’ in 2010 about being vegetarian.
What made you decide to become a vegetarian?
When I was 13 years old, I was away at summer camp and a kid said to me, “Why would you want to kill another living thing if it isn’t necessary for you to survive? Our modern existence offers us so many suitable alternatives. Why cause the pain, suffering, and death of a living and feeling being?” Now you have to understand that I grew up in South America, where we ate tons of meat and had parrilladas (barbeques) everyday where we would roast an entire pig. I loved meat, but that kid’s words rang so true to me that I said, “I love animals. If I don’t need to kill them, why would I?” It made so much sense to me that right then and there I decided to stop eating meat. It was the most abrupt change I’ve ever made in my life. So abrupt in fact that the following week, after coming home from camp, I was at a barmitzvah where they served chicken fajitas and I sincerely forgot that I no longer wanted to eat the flesh of an animal. I was eating a fajita when my friend said, “Gabe, aren’t you a vegetarian now?” I totally and honestly had forgotten. Habits sometimes take a while to change, but that was the last time I ate meat.
How did being a vegetarian develop into your concern for animal rights?
At that young age, I had the intuition that eating meat was unnecessary, and I wondered, “What is compelling me to feel this way?” When I went to college I majored in Philosophy to try to understand from a moral and intellectual perspective what my instincts were already telling me: animals have rights. By animal rights I don’t mean that animals have the right to vote or anything like that. I mean that they have a right to have their interests protected. As a minimum, the most basic of those interests ought to be protected: the interest to not be killed. Throughout history, philosophers and lawmakers have justified the slaughter of animals by basically putting animals on the same moral level as vegetables: put on the earth for us to exploit. But as I thought more deeply about this, I began to question the conventional wisdom. There is a big difference between an animal and a vegetable: an animal has the ability to feel pain. As a living thing develops the ability to feel pain, it simultaneously develops a morally justifiable self-interest in not feeling that pain, and it thus works to avoid feeling pain and avoid being killed. We should have empathy for an animal who wants to escape pain. But instead we inflict that pain, that death, on a genocidal level in a slaughterhouse – with no semblance of humanity and no regard for the pain being endured by an animal as he or she is skinned alive. For us to evolve as a species, for our humanity to reach a new level of peace, we need to rid our lives of violence. And just because you buy a hamburger at a supermarket aisle with a sticker of a smiling cow on it doesn’t mean that you are not a part of that circle of violence. As much as I love animals, at the end of the day, I don’t abstain from meat for their sake. I do it for myself. I want to be able to look at myself in the mirror and know that I am not helping to cause the unnecessary death of an innocent being.