(NORFOLK, Va.) -- Paul McCartney wrote a letter to Manmohan Singh, the prime minister of India, urging him to declare Jan. 12 "a "Meat-Free Monday" in that country.
In the letter, which was provided to ABC News Radio by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, McCartney writes, "Would you please think about declaring one day every year -- perhaps Jan. 12, the anniversary of PETA's India founding -- [as] a day to celebrate vegetarianism and compassion towards animals?...it would be a celebration of life -- all life."
McCartney also urges the prime minister to watch an expose of the meat industry which he narrated, and which was just released in India.
McCartney also made sure to add, "India has held a very special place in my heart since my first visit to your country many years ago." That, of course, was in 1968, when he and the rest of The Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India to study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Ringo Starr famously went back home after 10 days because he didn't like the food.
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