Do What You Like an Animal welfare charity single by Gavin Chappell-Bates

Do What You Like – Animal welfare and conservation charity single released by Gavin Chappell-Bates on Thursday October 4th 2018

‘Do What You Like’ is a folk-rock single from Cambridge musician Gavin Chappell-Bates. It will be released on Thursday 4th October 2018, World Animal Day, and is a song that reflects on how we, the human race, treat our home, planet earth, and the other inhabitants that we share it with.

It will be available to purchase as a digital download on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and other online retailers. A short film will be released on the same day to accompany the single. This was made by Gavin with footage provided by a number of animal welfare and conservation charities to help create a visual representation of the song’s message.

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All proceeds from sales of ‘Do What You Like’ will go directly to these charities that provided footage to make the film: Animal Aid, Animal Equality, Animals Australia, Earthling Ed, Greenpeace, PETA, Save Me Trust, Tiger Awareness and Viva!

Gavin wrote the song to highlight his biggest fears, the destruction of our environment and the mass slaughter and suffering of animals. In 2014, inspired by his affection for his cat Sully, Gavin had an epiphany and converted first to vegetarianism and then to veganism. Having been a consumer of meat, dairy and other animal based products for over thirty years he had never previously questioned what he put into his body but with increased awareness he, along with his wife Alison, decided to make a change.

‘Do What You Like’ was written as a direct reaction to the stark change in his lifestyle, of which Gavin says:

“It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I now feel so much better as a result, both in body and in mind. More importantly, my eyes have now been opened and I want to do all I can to help others understand the realities of what is happening to our environment and animals that are farmed for food. I dream of a world where all humans live on a sustainable plant-based diet and we are all in balance with the planet we call home. I believe this will one day happen, hopefully in my lifetime.”

Gavin wants to use his music and the release of ‘Do What You Like’ to raise awareness about these issues. He is asking others to join him in this mission by signing up to a crowd-speaking campaign which will share the song and video across participant’s social media channels on the release date. Further details about this can be found here: 


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Gavin deliberately chose to coincide this release with World Animal Day, a social movement which aims to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards across the globe. You can find out more about this here:

‘Do What You Like’ can be pre-ordered from Gavin’s Bandcamp store:

Further information

‘Do What You Like’ is the fourth single to be released from Gavin’s crowd-funded second album ‘The Last One’, which began life with the thought: ‘what would you do if you were the last human alive when the world as we know it ends?’  It was released in March 2018 and features a variety of talented musicians including Booga from Ezio, Paul Richard’s from Fred’s House and Neil Bruce from Bouquet of Dead Crows. Previous singles from the album include ‘Lovely Day’, ‘Bad Faith / Good Faith’ and ‘The Sanctuary of Stars’.

“The Last One is a wonderfully crafted album, full of strong tracks worthy of repeated listens.”  FATEA Magazine

Gavin’s music has featured on BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 2. He regularly appears on BBC Introducing, as well as other local and national stations. He has been nominated for Best Male Solo Artist for four years running at the NMG Awards and has a growing fan base in France where numerous fan sites have popped up.

He released his first solo EP – ‘Black Holes’ – in February 2015, and his debut album – ‘We Are The Ones’ – in April 2016, on R*E*P*E*A*T Records.

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Gavin set off on his first ever tour in September 2014 and has since played venues such as the Cambridge Corn Exchange, The Rescue Rooms (Nottingham), The Hunter Club (Bury St. Edmunds) and Norwich Arts Centre, as well as festivals including Cambridge’s Big Weekend, Homegrown, Wild Wood Rumpus, Strawberry Fair and Subterranean.


Gavin’s links




Twitter                          @GChappellBates





Additional links

Animal Aid           

Animal Equality    

Animals Australia 

Earthling Ed         



Save Me Trust     

Tiger Awareness  



Some statistics

  1. Over 56 billion farmed animals are killed every year by humans. These figures do not include fish and other sea creatures whose deaths are so great they are only measured in tonnes. (Animal Equality)
  2. Each year in the UK alone approximately 1 billion land animals are farmed and killed for food, that’s around 2.7 million every single day, and that figure does not include fish. (Animal Aid)
  3. Animal farming is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all of the planes, trains, cars, trucks and ships on Earth. It is also one of the leading causes of deforestation and water pollution around the world. (Animal Aid)
  4. The carbon footprint of a vegan diet is as much as 60% smaller than a meat-based one. (Animal Aid)
  5. Each year inside British laboratories, around 4 million animals are experimented on. Every 8 seconds, one animal dies. (Animal Aid)
  6. The Earth’s ancient forests form some of the most diverse ecosystems known to science and are vital in regulating the world’s climate. But 80% of them have already been destroyed or degraded, and the remaining forests are under threat. (Greenpeace)
  1. In 2016, 40,000 lives were cut short by air pollution in the United Kingdom, with sick and vulnerable people, the elderly and children being particularly at risk. (Greenpeace)


  1. An estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic – everything from plastic bottles and bags to microbeads – end up in our oceans each year. (Greenpeace)
  1. Every day a tiger is killed in the wild. There are now only 3,000 remaining. (Tiger Awareness)
  1. The world’s cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people — more than the entire human population on Earth. (One Green Planet)



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