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An Open Letter to Sir Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney and Jimmy Fallon share a laugh, but at whose expense?
Sir Paul McCartney and Jimmy Fallon share a laugh, but at whose expense?

Dear Paul,

I've got a feeling my words have as much chance of reaching you directly as might a letter addressed to Santa Claus, but I thought I might try anyway...

As a lifelong fan of you and your music and an ethical vegan since 2004, I applaud your work in bringing the idea of Meat Free Monday to a larger world audience and your commitment to vegetarianism. Several times, I have been involved in vegan outreach in Miami FL utilizing the compelling Glass Walls video to educate passersby by showcasing the horrors of the animal agriculture industry and specifically factory farming. You truly are an inspiration. However, upon watching a rebroadcast of your performance of "Scrambled Eggs" with Jimmy Fallon from December 2010, I was struck with this thought:

Part of the Fallon bit involved taking a vegetarian stand against singing "chicken wings," yet you appeared comfortable singing a song about scrambled eggs. Surely you're aware of the horrible conditions and miserably short lives laying hens suffer through to produce those eggs for human consumption. Statistically, chickens are the most exploited and abused animals on the planet.

I found your performance delightful and, probably because of its charm, I nearly missed the subtext that it's NOT ok to eat chickens but it IS ok to enslave them and eat their eggs.

To paraphrase Voltaire by way of Stan Lee, “With great power comes great responsibility." I would submit that your words and the messages they convey have to power to influence countless numbers of people worldwide for generations to come. I would simply ask that you, to borrow from a phrase currently in vogue, sing responsibly.

Wishing you peace, love and continued success,

Keith Berger
Boca Raton, Florida, USA


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