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23 July 2014
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Australian meat bosses are fighting back against the Paul McCartney-backed Meat Free Monday campaign by investing in research and consumer education

http://mobile.globalmeatnews.c.....875kaNOmTk

14 August 2014
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Paul is auctioning off a guitar for a save the elephants campaign.

http://radio.com/2014/08/13/pa.....elephants/

25 August 2014
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Paul is auctioning off a guitar for a save the elephants campaign.

http://radio.com/2014/08/13/pa.....elephants/

$50,000 was raised.

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25 August 2014
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On a different matter (and forgive me for this diversion) but if humans are killing off the elephants for their ivory, skin etc (something i find horrific - yes i eat meat so you might think me a hypocrite) and their numbers are worryingly low would it not make more sense to stop killing them for a few years so the numbers increase before there are none left and they have nothing to trade?

Personally i'd rather hunt the humans killing the elephants.

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25 August 2014
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^ I though it was Ivory tusks? And why can't they wait till the elephant is dead then gwr the already dead elephants tusk?

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Paul has now got involved in the debate:

http://www.independent.co.uk/n.....01427.html

 

He has made the (good) decision to support a no vote. 

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31 August 2014
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This was posted in the News Thread last night, with a response from our resident Scot (meanmistermustard).

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3 September 2014
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Mr Bellamy said

http://www.independent.co.uk/n.....01427.html

 

The comments under the article are hilarious. A much better read than the article itself.

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3 September 2014
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meanmistermustard said
On a different matter but if humans are killing off the elephants for their ivory, skin etc ( yes i eat meat so you might think me a hypocrite) 

Personally i'd rather hunt the humans killing the elephants.

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8 September 2014
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From the Meat Free Mondays Facebook page:

Today we launch the ?#?MFMclimatepledge? with Paul McCartney, Mary McCartney,Stella McCartney and Rt Hon Greg Barker MP.The pledge calls upon the UN to tackle climate change in a meaningful way.

Find out more and pledge your support HERE

Watch Paul McCartney talking about the campaign HERE

The launch took place this morning at tibits UK on Heddon Street, London

 

And at the website:

On Tuesday 23rd September global leaders – from government, finance, business, and civil society – will meet at the UN headquarters in New York to discuss climate change. It will be the first time the UN has tackled the subject since Copenhagen in 2009. We want the leaders to commit NOW to agreeing an ambitious climate treaty at the COP 21 Conference in Paris next year.

Let’s show them our commitment to reducing global emissions by making one small and easy change – skipping meat for one day a week. Show your support below by pledging to go meat free on Mondays and together let’s urge world leaders to act!

 

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18 September 2014
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An urgent call from Paul:

 

 

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18 September 2014
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He's letting himself go grey :O - it seems so weird after all this time of him having light brown (sometimes badly dyed) hair.

 

pledge.meatfreemondays.com - dang it's catchy!

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18 September 2014
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8What is a politician going to do with all the pledges? Tell everyone that they cant have a hamburger on a Monday? Tax Chicken Pasties by an extra 10% so they're more expensive? Enforce stores to not sell meat on that day? Send someone round each house to ensure no salami slice is chomped on?

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18 September 2014
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AppleScruffJunior said
He's letting himself go grey :O - it seems so weird after all this time of him having light brown (sometimes badly dyed) hair.

 

Maybe he's long overdue for a touch-up.

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23 September 2014
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Rolling Stone article on Paul's new lyric video for "Meat Free Monday." [x-posted to the news thread] 

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24 September 2014
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meanmistermustard said
a-hard-days-night-ringo-8What is a politician going to do with all the pledges? Tell everyone that they cant have a hamburger on a Monday? Tax Chicken Pasties by an extra 10% so they're more expensive? Enforce stores to not sell meat on that day? Send someone round each house to ensure no salami slice is chomped on?

 

I think the point of making the pledge is less to get the government to do something about it (like you say, they can't make you go vegetarian), and more so that you make sure you cut back on meat. I suppose if you make a pledge you're more likely to abstain than if you don't - or that's the idea, anyway.

 

Personally, I wish Paul would be a bit more serious about it. I'm waiting for the day when he does one of these videos, sits down, and says ''look, I'm going to be clear about why I'm vegetarian and why I think you should be, too..''. People are just laughing at him, which is unhelpful as that draws the topic of conversation away from the real issue here.

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24 September 2014
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But Paul is asking for people to pledge to the idea of meat free Mondays not to not eating meat on that day. The pledges go the politicians who are presumably meant to do something but I fail to see what Paul and everyone else expects the politicians to do. I can pledge to the idea of anything (for instance free go-kart rides for donkeys), but there has to be a plan at the end of it that is viable to be carried out, i fail to see what that is here.

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24 September 2014
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You're right, of course. Politicians can't ban us from eating something on a given day, nor would I want them to try. Maybe his thinking is that if enough people pledge to do it then Cameron will see that British people are concerned about climate change, and so might begin to tackle it (though, really, he's left it a bit late with the election being in May)? I really don't know. I'm sure he doesn't believe that the government will bring in rules against eating meat on a Monday, which is why I think he just wants people to make this commitment to themselves. And if the world leaders decide that enough is enough, and try to stop the world from reaching the point where nobody will want to live anymore... well, that can only be a good thing.

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24 September 2014
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I agree that we all should be doing all that we can to make the world better for everyone else, stop thinking about our own needs (and for the large majority family and/or close friends) and start looking to others, i'm just not convinced that this pledge campaign is feasible from the off, not that it isnt a good idea. It's the "pledge to the idea" that irks me as it appears seems to be placing the responsibility on the politicians and not on the individual making the pledge - sign up, send it on, leave it to them and carry on as before. That won't get anything done. But then ask anything of some people and all you get is shouted at, complained about, mocked and abused - especially if you happen to be in the public eye. 

Is there not a similar campaign where folk are asked to abstain from eating meat one day a week? I would be more able to do that than not eat meat on a Monday as i know full well that come the first Monday i'd either be desperate for a bacon sandwich and fail or completely forget.

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I don't know if there are similar campaigns to this one... if there are then I've never heard of them, though PETA have done a lot to 'raise awareness' over the past three decades or more.

I agree with you completely. I've yet to see anyone come up with a good argument for eating meat, but if for one day (whichever day) more people decide to accept some responsibility for climate change and eat veggies instead, then that's taking a step in the right direction. This is why I wish Paul would be a bit more direct, more specific about why he is vegetarian. I don't think some people realise (or think about) the connection between animals and meat, let alone between eating animals and climate change. He has an enormous advantage that is being in the public eye, so he has more chance than normal people like me of 'reaching people' and getting them to do something about it.

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