25 years ago: Country stations balk at singer’s vegetarian stance

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 10, 1990:

Radio stations in “cattle country” were irked at singer k. d. lang’s “Meat Stinks” campaign, and some were pulling her music from their airwaves. At least 14 stations had joined the boycott. Lyle Gray, president of the Kansas Livestock Association, had written the singer a letter reminding her that cattle producers were some of the most avid listeners of country music. “Now that you’ve offended some of your biggest fans, maybe you should learn to sing rock and roll,” Gray had written. LS Radio Inc., a Wichita-based company with seven stations in Kansas and one in Oklahoma, had pulled lang from their playlists this week, as had the Shepherd Group, which owned three stations in Missouri. A Nebraska station had started a ban as well, and Great Empire Broadcasting Inc., another Kansas chain with 10 stations in five states, was gathering listener opinions as they considered joining the boycott. At issue was the singer’s recent involvement in a PETA commercial in which she had stated, “If you knew how meat was made, you’d probably lose your lunch. I know — I’m from cattle country — that’s why I became a vegetarian. Meat stinks, and not just for animals but for human health and the environment.”