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Paul McCartney: “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian.”

1:18 pm - 11/19/2012

Paul McCartney has delivered an anti-turkey Christmas message, telling people to go vegetarian this festive season.

The former Beatle appears in animal rights charity PETA's new Christmas advertising campaign, wearing an 'eat no turkey' t-shirt beneath the slogan, "celebrate life this holiday season, go vegetarian."

McCartney has also recorded a voiceover for the group's latest campaign video about the meat industry titled 'Glass Walls' after McCartney's quote, "If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian."

Speaking about what the McCartney household eats over Christmas, he says: "We eat a veggie roast at home, so if we have traditional moments like Christmas … the roast is perfect. It's completely vegetarian, but I can slice it, so I can do all my traditional dad things. We can do our family stuff with it, and it's delicious, so I much prefer that to my memory of turkey."

Paul McCartney is the latest musician to join PETA's campaign to promote animal rights. Joss Stone appeared naked in an anti-fur Scampaign.

Source: NME

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astridmyrna 19th-Nov-2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
My god, a PETA ad that doesn't use sexual objectification or cannibalism to try and guilt people into being vegetarian. It's a Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Christmas miracle!

Still eating turkey, though, as my grandparents are the ones that cook it.

Edited at 2012-11-19 06:23 pm (UTC)
seasontoseason 19th-Nov-2012 06:50 pm (UTC)
maynardsong 19th-Nov-2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
A. He's right at least about factory farming. But what about farmers like Joel Salatin of Polyface?
B. boo, why PETA? :(
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moonshaz 19th-Nov-2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
Agreed, on both counts!
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beautyofgrey 19th-Nov-2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
This article is pointless without a recipe for that roast.
hammersxstrings 19th-Nov-2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
i just saw him last week. he was fan fucking tastic

angelofdeath275 19th-Nov-2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
"If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian."

i feel really stupid, can someone explain this to me?
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idemandjustice 19th-Nov-2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
This is pretty mild for a PETA ad. And I'll even grant that a lot of people probably would go veg if they had to see it happening. But plenty of people would not. Are the people who work in the slaughterhouses vegetarian?

I'm really tired of the holier-than-thou attitude that comes from vegetarians. I'd rather see more reform of how the industries treat the animals they use for food. I think that's valid. I'm not going to stop eating meat, though, and neither are the vast majority of meat-eaters.
layweed 19th-Nov-2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, all of this.
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ultraelectric 19th-Nov-2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
I really wonder if people would change their minds if the slaughterhouse had glass walls. I say this only because, I feel like the world is full of a lot of shitty things (worse than the mistreatment of animals that are to be slaughtered for food) and people keep walking on and don't stop to do anything about it.

For one of my exams in my Intro to Foods class, we had to cut up a whole raw chicken and our instructor went into great detail on how you can tell if a chicken has been mishandled prior to the slaughter, it made me really sick to my stomach, but I keep eating chicken.

But, wow, a PETA ad that isn't disgusting. Maybe if PETA tried these ads more often they'd actually get further in life. Though, I'm still eating Turkey for Thanksgiving.
roseembolism 19th-Nov-2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
Well, people are perfectly happy to step around a person lying on the sidewalk. So do the math.
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anolinde 19th-Nov-2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
Christmas is fucking awesome, though. Even if (or maybe especially if) you're not Christian. =D
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red_pill 19th-Nov-2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
if slaughter houses had glass walls (and people chose to look through them regulalry) i think they would be appaled by the mistreatment of the labour, and posbilty of the animals, but you know what? i dont think they would go veggie...

ive been confrounted with that, and i havent. i just try to eat stuff thats not made so brutaly.
luminescnece 19th-Nov-2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
The mistreatment of labour in slaughter houses is something that makes me REALLY mad, peeps that won't buy meat at walmart because of the way the employees are treated there should look into how the people who process their meat are treated.
mirhanda 19th-Nov-2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
Oh Paul, you're so funny. It's a terrible shame you've been taken in by a group that regularly kills healthy animals that it has taken from shelters with the promise of "finding them homes" then dumping the bodies in random dumpsters. I'll think of you when I'm eating my turkey on Thursday.

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moonshaz 19th-Nov-2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
Peta does THAT? Wow, that's a new one on me, and I think I just lost whatever remaining tiny shreds of respect I might have ever had for them.

And they were pretty tiny shreds, but still. >:(
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sihaya09 19th-Nov-2012 06:50 pm (UTC)
I don't think people would become miraculously vegetarian, but I do think people would begin to demand more ethical treatment of livestock.
antique_faery 20th-Nov-2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
I so hope for this scenario someday. *sigh*
despatch_boxing 19th-Nov-2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
LOL. Wrong. Agree the initial shock, people would just become even more desensitised to violence and cruelty than they already are. Meat eating would pretty much continue as-is.

Otoh, the lack of skeeviness is refreshing.

/not an optimist.
operatic_diva 19th-Nov-2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
I visited slaughterhouses as a kid with my pop- it forced me to confront what my food was and where it came from, but I still say down for a roast dinner.

I think at some point every meat eater considered their food and its origins- you either come out of it a vegetarian or a meat eater.
oddityangel 19th-Nov-2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
Many people when faced with the cruel reality of factory farms say 'yeah, that's wrong,' but they go on eating the meat anyway, despite knowing it contributes to the misery of livestock animals. I don't think that's callousness or indifference, it may just be the lack of affordable alternatives.

I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with eating meat, but I think we could probably benefit from eating less of it, and the way we treat animals intended for consumption really needs to be examined.

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antique_faery 20th-Nov-2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
This. Eating meat is natural, but the way animals are treated is awful, which is why I made the choice to go veg. Wish I had it in me to go vegan, even. But if animals lived happy lives and had a quick slaughter I wouldn't object. Wish people cared. :(
seasontoseason 19th-Nov-2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
can we all just agree that, despite any of the content of this ad, paul is adorable?
moonshaz 19th-Nov-2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
I have no trouble getting behind that!

He was my first BIG celebrity crush, about 100 years ago, and he'll always have a place in my heart, preachy veganism and all. ;p
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