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Monday: Our New Favorite Day of the Week

Written by PETA | July 31, 2009
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Paul McCartney

In an effort to push forward Sir Paul McCartney’s plan for “Meat-Free Mondays,” PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk has written to U.S. President Barack Obama urging him to help turn the White House into a “green” house by adopting the global initiative.

In her letter, Ingrid points out that “on October 5, 1947, in the first televised White House address, President Truman asked Americans to refrain from eating meat on Tuesdays and poultry on Thursdays to help stockpile grain for starving people in Europe. Today, the number of starving people in the world is on a par with the number of obese people in the U.S., and a restriction on meat and dairy-product intake could help tip those scales for the better.”

It’s enough to persuade even Bob Geldof that he does like Mondays.

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • Tammy says:

    I absolutely love this man! Thank you Paul! Just watched the ‘slaughterhouses’ video. Couldn’t get through it I started to cry and couldn’t take it anymore.I can’t understand how anyone could do any of that to another living feeling thing. Breaks my heart especially since I wasn’t there to try to help the animals. Pure barbaric madness.

  • pat ciochetto says:

    it wasnt much effort on the part of the u.s. to send bags of grain to the afghanswho hadnt anyway to make bread. bags of dried pasta in barrels olus camp stoves gas and pans would be honorable mention.and dried vegetables

  • vegancoin says:

    From the telegraph.uk ” Food was a key part of Paul and Lindas relationship and when they decided to go vegetarian in the seventies it was a spontaneous and joint decision. “Linda and I we were on the farm and we saw lambs gambolling and we were eating leg of lambso it was a compassionate thing. That seems to be the least important thing to people these days. It seems to have gone right out of the window the whole idea unfortunately because its rather a nice thing a bit of compassion.” ”

  • Jil says:

    Um I am new to all this. Who is Paul MaCartney an why is he important to this? Just asking.

  • Letty says:

    Yessss! I’m a vegetarian transitioning to a vegan. And I think now is a great opportunity to create more buzz about the vegan lifestyle and to convert more people. It is time to be taken seriously and not be treated like a minority. I would like to see more menus featuring a wide range of vegan items not only the one and only “veggie burger”. There are Vegan characters on the abc show “The Goode Family” Sandra Bullock’s character was vegan on “The proposal” and new allvegan Natalie Portman is expected to appear as a judge on Top Chef Las Vegas soon. Nice! I can’t wait to see chefs challenged to prepare a vegan menu! This is great Thank you Paul! I’m just hoping Michelle Obama decides to go Vegan soon. Now that would help fill up the supermarket aisles with animalfree products!

  • Chrissy D'Amico says:

    Good for Paul! I like telling people I don’t eat anything with a heart and face! Been a vegan for 7 years vegetarian for 18 and I look young because of it not only does meat cause distress on our planet it hurts our bodies as well! You GO Paul! We love love love you! And Obama should have chosen a VEGGIE BURGER at his last “Fast Food Outing!” Chrissy

  • Saucy says:

    Paul We love you……..Yeah Yeah Yeah The animals love you……Yeah Yeah Yeah God loves you…………Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeeaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!!

  • Jared says:

    Rojo it has everything to do with meat and meat production!

  • rojo says:

    hang on aren’t you guys turning corn into fuel just for cars while these people starve. Me thinks it has little to do with meat after all it’s food too.

  • Reid says:

    Yay!!! i think that is a wonderful idea!!!!!!!!! they’ve needed to do somthing like this for SUCH a long time!!! I love you paul!!!

  • Matt Greenwood says:

    I think that Sir Paul McCartney’s idea is fantastic! It would be even more fantastic if there was Meat Free Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday. Also well done to the ever Fantastic Ingrid E. Newkirk for writing that letter to President Obama.

  • Ravi Pandya says:

    I agree with Paul Macartney and urge the Jewish lobby of UKUSA as a quid pro quo to the late wife Linda Macartney and her humane vegetarian legacy to make Monday meat free at white housesenate and congress and lead the nation by example.Drinking beer and chilling out is one thing to calm race row but folks can see wheat from chaff so if Obama did the humane thingand right thing he will paint white house in a rainbow colour to show diversity of USAa land once which belonged to Indians and show the world that USA is not a savage beastly country but does care and is ready to become part of the civilised world and save the world for our childrens children.thanking him in advance as one kenyan of british stock versus a president of kenyan heritage through his fathers blood.

  • Thyo says:

    Thats a wonderful idea. If he goes through with it there would be plenty of opposition from the rightwings and FOX.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    It’s high time for Barack Obama to finally address the planetary benefits of vegetarianism. He should discuss this issue with McCartney. Nobody advocates vegetarianism better than the graceful articulate and sunny Paul McCartney.

  • Suzie says:

    Huge fan of Paul’s it’s great to see him using his influence to accomplish great things! D

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    For those of us trying to wean ourselves from being carnivores I suggest this no red meat or pork on Fridays or Mondays no poultry on Tuesdays and Thursdays…that leaves Wednesdays Saturdays and Sundays. On those days I just don’t choose to eat whatever meat is on the menu that night. My family thinks I’m nuts anyway so except for my aunt who is always telling me to get off my soapbox this in spite of my telling her my cholesterol is normal for the first time in many years they don’t say much.

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