George Harrison’s Childhood Home Is up for Auction – Why Does PETA Care?
We’re always looking for ways to promote kindness to all living, feeling beings, regardless of species, and a tribute centre in Liverpool would encourage more people to practise non-violence and enjoy the vegetarian food that George Harrison loved.
“The thing that repelled me about eating meat was the idea of killing animals. … [I]t’s not healthy and not natural.”
– George Harrison
As Harrison’s childhood home is now up for auction, we sent a letter to Omega Auctions inquiring about the possibility of converting the house into a tribute centre for Harrison’s beloved India – specifically its meat-free food and values of non-violence.
The centre would celebrate the country where Harrison recorded part of his first solo album, Wonderwall Music, and where he was inspired to go vegetarian.
Was Harrison a Vegetarian?
Harrison was the first member of The Beatles to go vegetarian after his many visits to India. There, he also learned about and embraced the virtue of ahimsa, or non-violence, which is central to three of India’s major religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.
Today, Harrison’s fellow Beatles members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr also follow a vegetarian diet.
Why Ditch Meat?
For starters, each vegan spares nearly 200 animals every year the horrors of factory farming and an agonising death at the slaughterhouse.
Animals reared for their flesh are torn away from their mothers, mutilated, and kept in filthy and severely crowded conditions. Then, often when they’re only a few months old, they endure a stressful and terrifying trip to the abattoir, where many are ineffectively stunned and therefore killed while still conscious.
Going vegan also reduces a person’s risk of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer and helps prevent future pandemics. SARS, swine flu, bird flu, and COVID-19 are all believed to have stemmed from confining and killing animals for food.
Be Like George: Be Kind To Animals
Go vegan today and show kindness to all species!