By Tim Saunders on
The singer took part in the Glass Walls video to encourage people to stop eating meat and supporting industries that cause incredible cruelty to animals.
“I’ve often said that if slaughterhouses had glass walls, we’d all be vegetarians. Animals raised on modern factory farms and killed in slaughterhouses endure almost unimaginable suffering,” says McCartney in the video. “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 have decided to leave meat off their plates for good.”
He goes on to talk about the appalling conditions turkeys and chickens must endure on factory farms. The images are disturbing and not for those with weak-stomachs, but highlights the terrible treatment the animals receive.
“Chickens raised for the egg industry are crammed into cages so small they can’t do anything that is natural to them.”
McCartney also talks about the pig industry.
“Pigs are more intelligent than dogs and even some primates… yet on factory farms they are imprisoned in crowded conditions.”
McCartney goes on to talk about the cruelty imposed on cows and fish during the food production industry.
“Modern meat production is responsible for recent outbreaks of Mad Cow Disease, SARS, Bird Flu and other diseases,” says McCartney. "And animal products are sometimes contaminated with a bacterial stew of Campylobacter, Salmonella and E. Coli. The consumption of animal flesh, all of which is riddled with fat and cholesterol, is also a prime contributor to today’s epidemics of obesity, heart disease and cancer. Studies show that vegetarians are less prone to all of these diseases. And if you care about the environment, please know that according to the United Nations, eating meat generates about 40% more greenhouse gases that cause climate change than all of the world’s transportation systems combined.
“Suffering is suffering, however you slice it. Eating meat is bad for our health, it’s bad for the environment, and it directly supports appalling cruelty to animals. The decision is yours.”
To view the video and learn more, visit Meat.org.
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