Oh, Paul McCartney. Just when we thought we couldn’t love you any more than we already do… The legendary musician (and one-half of the greatest songwriting partnership in music history!) is “demanding” that only vegan food be served at his recent show in Tinley Park, Illinois. Wow!
At 75-years-old, McCartney has been an animal activist for as long as we can remember. From promoting farm animal rights to supporting various animal rights campaigns to penning animal-themed songs, he is a true example of a passionate and effective activist. McCartney has followed a vegetarian lifestyle since the 1970s, has actively promoted Meatless Mondays, and even narrated PETA’s Glass Walls, an expose on the meat industry.
So, what does Paul want on the menu of his shows? Twitter user @plantifulemily tweeted a screenshot of a text that her parents, who were attending one of Paul’s show, had sent her. The menu includes buffalo cauliflower and fries, vegan chili fries. and vegan nacho grande, as well as a bottle of red wine to top it all off.
Way to go, Paul! His dedication to a meat-free lifestyle isn’t anything new. Reportedly, having no meat backstage was part of the terms of conditions of Paul playing in the province of Saskatchewan in Canada in 2013. And in 2002 during his “Driving” tour in the United States, Paul said he didn’t want any furniture in the dressing room to be made of animals.
Considering the destruction animal agriculture causes, we love that Paul is once again using his voice to speak up for the betterment of our planet. The industrialized animal agriculture industry currently occupies over half of the world’s arable land resources, uses the majority of our freshwater stores, and drives more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector combined. Plus, it also causes rampant air and water pollution, land degradation, deforestation, and is pushing countless species to the brink of extinction.
The good news is, we can all reduce the impact of our diets by choosing more plant-based foods over meat and dairy. To learn more about how you can start today, check out One Green Planet’s #EatForThePlanet campaign.
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