Paul McCartney Wants India to Declare ‘Meat-Free Day’

January 4, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

Paul McCartney at the Kennedy Center in Washington on Dec. 5, 2010.  (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
Paul McCartney at the Kennedy Center in Washington on Dec. 5, 2010. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
Paul McCartney, the former Beatle and an outspoken vegetarian, sent a letter to India’s government saying that the world's most populous democracy should have a day to celebrate vegetarianism.

On the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ s(PETA) website, they said McCartney asked Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to declare Jan. 12 an annual “meat-free day” throughout the nation.

Jan. 12 is the day that PETA India was inaugurated.

According to The Associated Press, which obtained a copy of his letter, McCartney said the day “would be a celebration of life.”

The U.N. food agency said that around 42 percent of India’s population, of more than 1.2 billion, are vegetarian.

McCartney has worked with PETA in the past, lending his voice to their Glass Walls video, which shows the conditions in which chickens and pigs are killed for food.