Vegan vs Paul McCartney (WIRED)

Recently, a particular video came recommended in my feed:

“Paul McCartney Answers the Web’s Most Searched Questions” by WIRED, released this past September, which I’ve linked in the description if you’d like to check the entire video out.

At this point, I want to play a specific clip from that WIRED interview, but first I want to make it clear that I am doing so under Fair Use guidelines, as a means to provide criticism, commentary and teaching in the case of this video.


I want to start by saying that I doubt Paul McCartney will ever see this video, but maybe other vegetarians will, and possibly learn something.

And those of you who enjoy it can help it GET seen by liking it and sharing it, on and off YouTube.

Anyway, you heard it straight from Paul’s mouth. He admits that he is not vegan, but rather a vegetarian, since he consumes cheese.

He also claims, in practically the same breath, and I quote: “it’s a compassion thing for animals”, and that “we’ve all got a shot at our life, and so many animals don’t, I like the idea of giving them their little shots.”

And here’s where I wanted to offer my two cents.

I was in the same mode of thought as Paul at one time. I was a vegetarian from 2002 until April of 2013, at which time I made the switch to veganism.

For me, chick-grinding, a grim practice of industrialized egg production, was a massive wake-up call for me, and got my brain-gears turning. And I went vegan overnight.

You see, I thought, as a vegetarian, that I was genuinely doing my part in not contributing to the death and suffering of sentient animals. Simply by not eating them.

I didn’t equate, until that point, that consuming animal products, such as eggs or dairy, was STILL contributing to the overall problem. Funding it.

Call me naive, if you will, but none of us are perfect. We all have learning and growing to do.

You see, I don’t think omnivores or vegetarians are inherently bad people. I believe that most people are simply unaware of what’s going on, or the extent and repercussions of their actions.

And societal-indoctrination is fierce when it comes to our dietary choices.

In my opinion, it is what you do AFTER you acquire knowledge that determines the kind of person you are. Do you make a positive change? Do you even try? Or do you remain the same?

Egg and dairy consumption still treats animals as a commodity, and creates industry demands that require a matching supply.

Veganism rejects the notion that animals are a commodity, and does not contribute to such demands.

Animals that, just like you or I, are demonstrably sentient.

Which means they have the capacity to feel, perceive or experience subjectively.

And that includes feelings and experiences such as stress, pain, confinement, loss, grief, mourning, etc.

Feelings that I am sure none of us, at least not those of us who are mentally-healthy, would desire to experience; especially on a regular basis.

And feelings, such as stress, have been documented in animals.

So has profound grief and mourning over the loss or absence of a close friend or loved one.

And what’s more, peer-reviewed evidence demonstrates that we do not NEED to consume animal products to survive or thrive, at any point in our lives, nor as athletes.

So, veganism IS a genuinely-valid alternative.

One that can lower your cancer risk by 19% compared to those who eat meat.

One that can also lower your risks of mortality from ischemic heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and cerebrovascular disease by 26%-to-68% compared to those who eat meat.

And, guys, one that can lead to 7% higher total testosterone and 5% higher free testosterone compared to those who eat meat. And this is DESPITE vegans also having about 6% higher SHBG levels than meat eaters. And this is after controlling for factors such as age, BMI, smoking status, amount of exercise, time of day, time since last meal, and time between blood testing.

Vegans also live longer! In fact, they live about 4% longer, on average, than vegetarians do. And about 20% longer, on average, than omnivores do.

And that data was based on a sample size of 73,308 people, and was well-controlled.

Ergo, by going vegan, and of course by eating properly AS a vegan, you not only won’t be directly contributing to the suffering and death of animals, you will also be potentially doing yourself health favors.

Talk about a win-win!

And for those who are eco-minded as well, keep in mind that animal agriculture accounts for 70% of global freshwater consumption, 38% of the total land use, and 19% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. According to research.

And even if you couldn’t care less about emissions, perhaps you do care about land and resource use at the very least? I mean why waste?

So, Paul, if you truly care about animals, as you say, AND if you also care about your health and the planet, and you have urged people to reduce their meat consumption FOR the environment before, then drop the cheese, and go vegan!

Anyway, leave your comments and questions below.


(Original WIRED Video) Paul McCartney Answers the Web’s Most Searched Questions

After 2,500 Studies, It’s Time to Declare Animal Sentience Proven (Op-Ed)

Animals Stressed Out, Too

Grief in animals: It’s arrogant to think we’re the only animals who mourn

Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Vegetarian Diets.

Cancer in British vegetarians: updated analyses of 4998 incident cancers in a cohort of 32,491 meat eaters, 8612 fish eaters, 18,298 vegetarians, and 2246 vegans

Beyond Meatless, the Health Effects of Vegan Diets: Findings from the Adventist

Hormones and diet: low insulin-like growth factor-I but normal bioavailable androgens in vegan men

Vegetarian Dietary Patterns and Mortality in Adventist Health Study 2

UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet

Paul McCartney Wants You to Do One Thing for the Planet

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