XMAS UPDATE: Paul Supports New Pro-Vegetarian PETA UK Campaign: 'Celebrate Life'

19 December 2012

UPDATED: 19th December 2012:

Back in November Paul called on North American fans to consider choosing a turkey replacement on their Thanksgiving plates saying he and the family '...eat a veggie roast at home.'

With Christmas just around the corner we wanted to remind fans that there are several alternatives available for the festive meals. For example, as Christmas Eve falls on a Monday, you may want to consider these three menus options courtesy of Meat Free Mondays.

ORIGINAL POST: 20th Noveber 2012

What is Paul McCartney eating for Thanksgiving dinner this year? Not turkey, that's for sure – and to bring the message home, he’s supporting a brand-new PETA UK campaign, in which he shows off an "Eat No Turkey" T-shirt below the words "Celebrate Life This Holiday Season. Go Vegetarian".

When Paul sat down to record his narration for PETA's video exposé of the meat industry – called "Glass Walls" which included his famous statement, "If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian" – he shared what his family eats for the holidays: "We eat a veggie roast at home, so if we have traditional moments like Christmas … the roast is perfect. It's completely vegetarian, but I can slice it, so I can do all my traditional dad things. We can do our family stuff with it, and it's delicious, so I much prefer that to my memory of turkey".

Every year, almost 10 million turkeys are slaughtered in the UK for Christmas dinners alone. In nature, turkeys are protective and loving parents as well as spirited explorers who can climb trees and run as fast as 25 miles per hour. But most turkeys slated to be killed for food are crammed into filthy warehouses, where disease, smothering and heart attacks are common. Turkeys are drugged and bred to grow such unnaturally large upper bodies that their legs often become crippled under the weight.

The "Eat No Turkey" T-shirt is available to purchase HERE!. For more information, including animal-free holiday recipes, please visit PETA.org.uk.

T-shirt photo by Claudia Schmid