Paul McCartney Dislikes No Meat-Free French Days

 

There will be no meat-free days in French schools for six million children following a new decree from their government that all students will have to eat meat if they want lunch at school. Taking a packed lunch is not an alternative as they are also banned. The ban will shortly be extended to kindergartens, hospitals, prisons, colleges and old people’s homes. French agriculture minister, Bruno Lemaire, said in January that the Government’s aim for nutrition was to defend the French agricultural model and counter initiatives such as those by vegetarian campaigners like Sir Paul – who has called for a reduced consumption of meat.But writing on his website, Sir Paul said: “The French Government’s recent decree effectively enforcing the consumption of animal products in public institutions is a backward step for France. It goes against the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union by prohibiting individuals’ right to express their beliefs.

“No one needs to eat animals – and we can combat climate change and lessen the risk of suffering from heart disease and other ailments by reducing the amount of meat we eat.” Paul has been a vegetarian for over 21 years; since he was married to Linda. Staying a vegetarian helps him connect with the feeling that nature still exists. For them going veggie was really only down to one thing – that Linda and Paul both grew up being mad-keen nature-lovers.  When they hooked up, Paul was with The Beatles and had this feeling that there wasn’t such a thing as nature anymore – ‘cos he’d left it. This was Paul’s start.In December 2011, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) launched a new stamp range featuring the 20 most famous vegetarians of all-time, including the ex-Beatle. Sir Paul along with Natalie Portman, Pamela Anderson and Morrissey have agreed to feature on the stamp. The stamps can be purchased throughout December at www.peta.org

via vNY Times