Sir Paul and Nancy serve organic vegetarian at their wedding.

Including the wedding cake.

Sir Paul McCartney with his new bride, Nancy

Paul McCartney has long been a prominent voice against the cruel treatment of animals in our factory farms around the world. A famous quote of his:

If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we’d all be vegetarians.

Sadly, they don’t have glass walls, but we are still complicit in what goes on behind every single one of those walls. And, don’t kid yourself about dairy and eggs not being harmful to animals.

The life of a dairy cow is no picnic and the laying hens probably live a more horrible life than any of the other animals that we eat. And guess what happens to the male chicks in an egg factory? They are dropped into a plastic bag to smother to death along with their brothers — 250 million of them per year, just in the USA. Michael Pollan describes the lives of those female laying hens in our book:

It is routine practice to cram laying hens into cages so small that the birds are sometimes driven to cannibalize their cagemates. The solution to this ‘vice’—as the industry and the Department of Agriculture call such counterproductive behaviors in livestock (talk about blaming the victims!)—is to snip the beaks off the hens with hot knives, without the use of anesthetic.

One of the smartest animals, pigs get a bad rap -- most live their complete lives in horrid conditions until they reach their ultimate destiny as part of your breakfast, your pizza topping or your barbecue sandwich.

In my recent post about our complicity when it comes to the treatment of animals, I included the following video illustrating the life of your sausage before it reaches your pizza. I couldn’t make it past the first minute. The sound alone made we want to scream. My son didn’t make it past the first minute either. But neither of us eats pork or any dead animal (or animal product) for that matter and didn’t feel that we needed to watch it.

But I think that all of the meat, dairy and egg consumers of the world should be required to watch this kind of video. And, if they can’t make it all the way to the end, they shouldn’t be allowed to eat any more animal foods. Got any animal-food lovers that you’d like to share this with?

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I grew up around farm animals but now want no part of the entire, despicable process. Viewing nature in the wild is more my cup of Sir McCartney would say.

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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4 Responses to Sir Paul and Nancy serve organic vegetarian at their wedding.

  1. Hypocrisy! My wife feeds her dogs and cats chicken and proclaims she loves animals. I guess she feels chickens are just things and not living creatures.

  2. Denise says:

    I CAN’T BELIEVE how people who profess to love animals can eat animal products after reading about the number of animals slaughtered daily, and the cruel abuse of these animals.

  3. Donna Hughes says:

    If you eat meat then the slaughterhouse lurks in the shadow of your dinner table.

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