Happy Birthday, Sir Paul!

Posted by on June 17, 2011 | Permalink

Music icon and tireless animal defender Sir Paul McCartney is turning 69 on 18 June. The singer, songwriter and composer in one of the most successful bands in music history is also a devoted vegetarian.

Animal welfare is an issue so close to his heart that Sir Paul joined with PETA to narrate “Glass Walls,” an undercover video that shows the cruel treatment and suffering of animals on factory farms and at abattoirs. The video’s name is taken from McCartney’s famous quote, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian”.

As the video exposé reveals, eating meat causes animal suffering on a massive scale. Animals killed for food are crammed into vehicles for slaughter in such high numbers that many break their bones, suffocate or die en route. At abattoirs, animals are sometimes conscious while they have their throats slit. Chickens on factory farms are crowded by the thousands into dark sheds that reek of ammonia from the accumulated waste in which the animals are forced to stand. Fish are often crushed and mutilated while still alive.

Sir Paul McCartney's PETA Ad

You don’t have to be a world-famous musician to realise that the abuse and suffering shown in “Glass Walls”‘ is something that no compassionate person would want to be part of.  As Sir Paul learned decades ago, the best thing that you can do for animals, the planet and your own health is to leave animals off your plate.

Will you honour Sir Paul on his birthday by taking a few moments to watch “Glass Walls” and encourage your friends and family to do the same?