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- Posted on Jan 4th 2011 5:00PM by Emily Tan
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McCartney wrote a letter asking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to designate Jan. 12 -- the anniversary of PETA India's founding -- as "a day to celebrate vegetarianism and compassion towards animals."
"Such a declaration would save countless animals, reduce the environmental devastation caused by the meat industry and help participants clear their arteries and their consciences," he wrote. "It would be a celebration of life -- all life."
McCartney's fight for animal rights in India isn't a new mission. In 2000, he made an appeal to the Indian prime minister to stop the black market leather trade. The legendary musician also narrated 'Glass Walls,' a documentary looking what really happens to animals in slaughterhouses, that was just released in India.
"Were it to be shown in every school, I have no doubt that the next generation would fully embrace vegetarianism," he added.
According to the AP, the UN food agency estimated that 42 percent of India's population was vegetarian in 2003.