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Paul McCartney shares pre-birthday wish, asks fans to watch disturbing archival PETA video he narrated

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One week before he celebrates his 78th birthday, Paul McCartney has shared a birthday wish via a new blog that been posted on the animal-rights organization PETA’s website.

“All I’ve ever wanted for my birthday is peace on Earth — including for animals,” the former Beatles legend writes. “That’s why this year, I’m urging fans to watch a video I hosted for PETA, titled ‘Glass Walls.'”

The video, which debuted 10 years ago, is meant to encourage people to consider becoming vegetarians, while also pointing out how animals suffer when they are raised and killed for human consumption.

“We called it [‘Glass Walls’] because if slaughterhouses had glass walls, who would want to eat meat?” McCartney explains in his blog. “Since [the video debuted], the public has finally gotten a peek at what happens inside the meat trade, and the demand for vegan food is sky high.”

He adds, “Whether you’re worried about diseases that spring from slaughterhouses, the animals who suffer terribly and needlessly, or the catastrophic impact of the meat industry on our environment, please watch this short video and share it with your friends.”

As you might imagine, the video — which is viewable at and the organization’s official YouTube channel — features many disturbing images of chickens, pigs and cattle being killed, or suffering while being cooped up in cages. The short film also includes a segment suggesting it’s also inhumane how fish are killed in mass quantities for our food.

The article asks readers to watch the video in celebration of McCartney’s birthday, which takes place June 18, and to share the clip with family and friends while encouraging them to go vegan. It also notes that one person changing to a vegan diet can save the lives of almost 200 animals each year.

(Video contains content that may be inappropriate for some viewers.)

By Matt Friedlander
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