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Paul McCartney asks India's prime minister to declare a national Vegetarian Day

Macca NEW DELHI — Outspoken vegetarian Paul McCartney is urging India to declare a national Vegetarian Day to celebrate meat-free living and compassion toward animals.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said McCartney sent a letter to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying such a day could save animals while helping to protect both the environment and people's health.

McCartney's letter said "it would be a celebration of life."

The United Nations food agency in 2003 estimated that 42% of India's 1.2 billion people are vegetarian, mostly because of financial and religious concerns. Strict Hindus and Jains do not eat meat.

Singh's office could not immediately confirm receipt of McCartney's letter Tuesday.

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Photo: McCartney in 2001. Credit: Jan Bauer / Associated Press

 
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As an activist for the National Religious Minority Status for India's 5 million strong Jain community following Jain religion which pioneered the principle of vegetarianism and ahimsa-non-violence I welcome Paul McCartney's appeal to the Indian Prime Minister, Dr.Manmohan Singh o declare a national Vegetarian Day to celebrate meat-free living and compassion toward animals.
Dr. Schweitzer speaks in glowing terms of the principle of Ahimsa non-violence as laid down by Jainism: “The laying down of the commandment not to kill and not to damage is one of the greatest events in the spiritual history of mankind. Starting from its principle, founded on world and life denial of abstention from action, ancient Indian thoughts and this is a period when in other respects ethics have not progressed very far reaches the tremendous discovery that ethics know no bounds. So far as we know this is for the first time clearly expressed by Jainism.”
The Rise, Decline And Renewals Of Sramanic Religious Traditions Within Indic CivilisationWith Particular Reference To The Evolution Of Jain Sramanic Culture And Its Impact On The Indic Civilization: http://www.herenow4u.net/index.php?id=cd769



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