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Legendary musician and longtime vegetarian Sir Paul McCartney has sent a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to declare 12 January, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India's anniversary, as a meat-free day to celebrate kindness to animals. PETA India suggests the national meat-free day could be called Shakahar Jayanti, not only because it’s the group’s birthday but also because India is considered the birthplace of vegetarianism.
"It would be a celebration of life, all life", writes McCartney, who has often spoken of his fondness for India.
McCartney, who has said, "If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian", also narrates a hard-hitting video exposé about animals killed for food called "Glass Walls", which has just been released in India on PETAIndia.com and which he urges Singh to watch.
Writes McCartney about the video, "Were it shown in every school, the next generation would grow up vegetarian, I have no doubt".
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The text of Sir Paul McCartney's letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is below.
A scanned copy of Paul’s letter is available on request.
His Excellency Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister of India
South Block, Raisina Hill
New Delhi, India 110 101
Dear Dr Prime Minister:
India has held a very special place in my heart since my first visit to your country many years ago.
I also respect the work done by PETA India, which in the coming year will celebrate 11 years of bringing relief to working animals, promoting the sterilisation and homing of street dogs and championing alternatives to the use of animals for food, clothing, experimentation and entertainment.
This year, I narrated a shocking exposé of the meat industry titled “Glass Walls”. The video takes the viewer behind the closed doors of slaughterhouses, where millions of cattle, chickens, pigs and other animals meet a frightening, bloody end. What you see on the screen goes against our cherished ideals of peace and non-violence and makes a mockery of ahimsa, India’s wonderful core doctrine. Now PETA India is releasing “Glass Walls” in your country. I hope you will take a few minutes to watch it and recommend it to others. Were it to be shown in every school, I have no doubt that the next generation would fully embrace vegetarianism.
I have one more thing to most respectfully ask you. Would you please think about declaring one day every year – perhaps January 12, the anniversary of PETA India’s founding – a day to celebrate vegetarianism and compassion towards animals? Such a declaration would save countless animals, reduce the environmental devastation caused by the meat industry and help participants clear their arteries and their consciences. It would be a celebration of life – all life.
I look forward to returning to India. Thank you for your consideration.
And YOUR letter to send here :
MORE about INDIA :
Abuse and Murder
For seven years, PETA India and its affiliates have conducted undercover investigations into the transport and slaughter conditions that are endured by the cows, buffaloes, sheep and goats who are used in the Indian leather trade. The leather produced from the skins of these animals is exported throughout the world, including to the US and Europe.
The investigators have gathered graphic evidence of the widespread illegal abuse of these animals as well as evidence of unhygienic and dangerous conditions in slaughter facilities. The animals are subjected to cruelty that includes being crammed into lorries in such large numbers that many become severely injured when they are crushed or gouged by the horns of other animals. Many of them die en route. The evidence also reveals that most of the animals are dragged into abattoirs before they are cut open – often with dirty, blunt knives and in full view of one another – on floors that are covered with feces, blood, guts and urine. Some animals are even skinned and dismembered while they are still conscious.
more here and a letter to send :
Dairy industry : http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/dairy-industry.aspx
Cows used 4 food : http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/cows.aspx
India also here :
***** More raisons for going VEGAN ???
When you add up the damage that the meat industry does to workers, the environment, and animals, the question isn't really "Why should I go vegan?"—it's "Why wouldn't I go vegan?" In case you need any other reasons, here are five more.
Because It's the Only Way to End World Hunger
There is more than enough food in the world to feed the entire human population. So why are more than a billion people still going hungry? Our meat-based diet is largely to blame. We funnel huge amounts of grain, soybeans, and corn through all the animals we use for food instead of feeding starving humans. If we stopped intensively breeding farmed animals and grew crops to feed humans instead, we could easily feed everyone on the planet with healthy and affordable vegetarian foods.
Raising animals for food is extremely inefficient. For every pound of food that farmed animals are fed, only a fraction of the calories are returned in the form of edible flesh. The rest of those calories are burned away raising the animal to slaughter weight or contributing to feathers, bone, skin, blood, and other parts of the animal that are not eaten by humans. This is why animals raised for food have to eat as many as 16 pounds of grain to create just 1 pound of edible flesh. The prestigious Worldwatch Institute states, "[M]eat consumption is an inefficient use of grain—the grain is used more efficiently when consumed directly by humans. Continued growth in meat output is dependent on feeding grain to animals, creating competition for grain between affluent meat-eaters and the world's poor."
As a meat-based diet spreads to developing countries, farmers who are trying to feed themselves are being driven off their land. Their efficient, plant-based agricultural model is being replaced with intensive livestock rearing, which also pollutes the air and water and renders the once-fertile land dead and barren. If this trend continues, the developing world will never be able to produce enough food to feed itself, and hunger will continue to plague hundreds of millions of people around the globe. Author George Monbiot, writing in the U.K.'s The Guardian, explains that there's only one solution: "It now seems plain that [a vegan diet] is the only ethical response to what is arguably the world's most urgent social justice issue."
Because the Meat Industry Makes a Killing by Exploiting Workers
The money-hungry farmed-animal industry exploits poor people, immigrants, and children. They work for paltry wages and are often unfairly penalized when they try to form unions. The work is filthy and extremely dangerous, injuries are rampant, and dying on the job is a very real possibility.
Killing animals is inherently dangerous work, but the fast pace, filthy killing floors, and lack of training make working at a slaughterhouse "the most dangerous factory job in America," according to Human Rights Watch.
According to figures from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly one in three slaughterhouse workers suffers from illness or injury every year, compared to one in 10 workers in other manufacturing jobs. The rate of repetitive stress injury for slaughterhouse employees is 35 times higher than it is for those in other manufacturing jobs.
The industry refuses to create safer working conditions by slowing down the lines or buying appropriate safety gear because these changes could cut into companies' bottom lines. Employees who are injured at work are often fired if they take time off or try to file health insurance or worker's compensation claims. Human Rights Watch cites one slaughterhouse worker who reports, "They love you if you're healthy and you work like a dog, but if you get hurt, you are trash. If you get hurt, watch out. They will look for a way to get rid of you before they report it. They will find a reason to fire you or put you on a worse job like the cold room, or change your shift so you quit. So a lot of people don't report their injuries. They just work with the pain."
Factory farms and slaughterhouses set up shop in the poorest regions of the U.S., where they can use poor and uneducated people to do their dirty work for low wages. The farmed-animal industry often lures immigrants far away from their homes with false promises of good jobs, knowing that these undocumented workers will likely not report unsafe conditions for fear of being deported. One meat company even bused workers from the Mexican border to a homeless shelter in Minnesota!
The farmed-animal industry has also been condemned for exploiting children. Kids in their early teens have even died while working in animal-processing plants, and Multinational Monitor called Tyson Foods one of the world's "Ten Worst Corporations" because it hires people in the U.S. who are too young to work legally.