Last updated on: 5/20/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Paul McCartney Biography

Title:
Singer, songwriter, and vegetarian activist
Position:
Pro to the question "Should People Become Vegetarian?"
Reasoning:

“I’ve often said, If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian…

Animals raised on modern factory farms and killed in slaughterhouses endure almost unimaginable suffering, I hope that once you see the routine cruelty involved in raising, transporting, and killing animals for food, you’ll join the millions of people who’ve decided to leave meat off their plates for good…

Modern meat production is responsible for recent outbreaks of Mad Cow Disease, SARS, Bird Flu, and other diseases, and animal products are also often contaminated with a bacterial stew…

The consumption of animal flesh, all of which is riddled with fat and chloresterol, is also a prime contributor to today’s epidemics of obesity, heart disease, and cancer…

If we care about the environment, cutting meat out of our diet is the most important action we can take. It is only prejudice that allows anyone to think there is a difference between abusing a cat and abusing a chicken, or abusing a dog and abusing a pig. Suffering is suffering no matter how you slice it.

Eating meat is bad for our health, it is bad for the environment, and it directly supports appauling cruelty to animals.”

“Glass Walls,” meat.org (accessed May 9, 2011)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Owner, McCartney Productions Ltd. Communications
  • Spokesperson, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
  • Activist with Adopt-A-Minefield (anti-land mine organization)
  • Most successful musician and composer in popular music history, Guinness Book of Records
  • Had 32 number-one singles on the Billboard Charts
  • Recipient, Gershwin Prize, awarded by President Barack Obama for his contributions to popular music, June 2010
  • Recipient, Honorary Doctorate in Music, Yale University, 2008
  • Formed the band Wings, 1971 (broke up in 1981)
  • Released first solo album McCartney, 1970
  • Appointed member, Order of the British Empire, 1965
  • Singer, songwriter, and bass player for The Beatles, 1960-1970
Education:
  • Attended the Liverpool Institute
Other:
  • Born June 18, 1942, in Liverpool, England
  • Estimated fortune of £750 million ($1.2 billion) as of 2009
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should People Become Vegetarian?