Politicians Unimpressed With Mccartney's Vegetarian Campaign

Politicians Unimpressed With Mccartney's Vegetarian Campaign

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Sir Paul McCartney's plan to use vegetarianism to help combat global warming has been met with mixed reactions from European politicians, with one minister labelling the proposals "muddled, misleading and wrong."
The animal lover and longtime vegetarian spoke at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium on Thursday (03Dec09) to promote a new drive to encourage the public to go meat-free at least once a week.
The former Beatle argues that if more people spend just one day in seven eating only vegetables, greenhouse gases can be reduced by up to 80 per cent.
He told the house, "I would be glad if this weren't true, and we could just carry on as we are forever quite happily and not bother with this whole subject. But I've got a nasty feeling that this is true. Our campaign says 'Try one meat-free day in the week.' It's very do-able. Once, for instance, we didn't recycle - we weren't interested, but now it's an accepted part of our lifestyles."
But MCCartney's speech didn't go down well among some Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).
British MEP Richard Ashworth, a former dairy farmer, condemned the singer's plans, accusing the music legend of "selling vegetarianism on the basis it can save the world."
He also branded MCCartney's statistics "muddled, misleading and wrong."


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A Holiday Thought... Aren’t humans amazing Animals? They kill wildlife - birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed. Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - - health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer. So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions of more animals to look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and once a year send out cards praying for "Peace on Earth." ~Revised from Old MacDonald’s Factory Farm by C. David Coates~
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I wanted to say that even though the political response may be nil.. a lot of people will be refraining from meat next Monday and maybe more after that and if going before an unappreciative audience is what it takes then we owe it to Paul!
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Good for Sir Paul, I eat meat but admire his determination. I bet Mill$$ is green with envy though.
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