Paul McCartney Wants You to Stop Eating Meat for His Birthday

The musician reflects on the 10-year anniversary of his PETA video

Paul McCartney has a simple wish for his 78th birthday. Stop eating meat.

“All I’ve ever wanted for my birthday is peace on Earth — including for animals,” McCartney wrote in a blog post for PETA. “That’s why this year, I’m urging fans to watch a video I hosted for PETA, titled ‘Glass Walls.’ We called it that because if slaughterhouses had glass walls, who would want to eat meat?”

The video McCartney is referencing just had its 10-year anniversary and took the opportunity to provide commentary on his thoughts on what has happened since the release.

“Since then, the public has finally gotten a peek at what happens inside the meat trade, and the demand for vegan food is sky high. Whether you’re worried about diseases that spring from slaughterhouses, the animals who suffer terribly and needlessly, or the catastrophic impact of the meat industry on our environment, please watch this short video and share it with your friends. Thank you,” he wrote.

Paul McCartney has been a long time advocate of going meat free having been a vegetarian ever since 1975. Alongside his wife Linda McCartney, the couple maintained a vegetarian diet for much of their 29-year marriage.

He’s not the only musician to advocate for a meat-free lifestyle lately. Queen guitarist Brian May made headlines when he suggested eating animals helped contribute to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If you want to get deep into it, I think we should be looking again at whether we should be eating animals,” May said at the time.

“That’s a central issue here, this pandemic seemed to come from people eating animals and it’s becoming more well known that eating animals is not the greatest thing for our health.”

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