Animal Welfare

PETA’s Paul McCartney Video in Campaign to Ban Animal Testing

Animated Video of 1993 Looking For Changes anthem

Sir Paul McCartney is lending his name to PETA’s campaign to end animal experiments. A new animated PETA video is being released of Sir Paul’s anti-vivisection anthem, Looking for Changes, from his 1993 album, Off The Ground.

Sir Paul has been a consistent campaigner against animal cruelty. He became vegetarian in 1975 and is now a vegan. He is believed to be an ethical vegan meaning that he can eat the eggs of his own chickens from his farm as they are demonstrably kept humanely. He is quite possibly the most famous vegan alive today.

“I’m looking for changes that will continue the momentum of getting animals out of laboratories. Experiments on animals are unethical – they’re a colossal failure and a waste of time and money. We can and must do better, ” says Sir Paul on PETA’s official announcement.

PETA refers to evidence published in The BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal) that shows that “90% of basic research – most of which involves experiments on animals – doesn’t lead to treatments for humans”.

The research points out that 95% of all new drugs that test safe and effective on animals fail in human trials. This is because they simply do not work or because of adverse side effects.

Despite this, experimenters still receive grants to test on animals and companies still conduct or commission them as well.

PETA points out that very few experiments are prohibited by law “no matter how painful or irrelevant” they might be.

Looking for Changes

PETA is urging supporters to urge the European Commission and the European Chemicals Agency not to allow animal testing for cosmetics ingredients.

The full horror of such testing is becoming more apparent. Recently some underground footage publicised by Cruelty Free International showed some barbaric treatment of monkeys at one of the largest private laboratories in Germany, near Hamburg. The footage caused outrage and led to demands that the facility be closed down.

“It is unthinkable that this should be happening in a country that has animal protection in its constitution,” said Friedrich Mülln of Soko Tierschutz which was jointly involved in exposing the footage.

With such examples of the appalling treatment of animals coming to light, the trend is clearly moving away from animal testing. Animal testing is surely now on the wrong side of history. In the USA the Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it was phasing out all animal testing by 2035.

Enjoy Sir Paul’s creativity. Lyrics, of course, by Sir Paul McCartney:

I saw a cat with a machine in his brain
The man who fed him said he didn’t feel any pain
I’d like to see that man take out the machine 
And stick it in his own brain 
You know what I mean

I saw a rabbit with its eyes full of tears
The lab that owned her had been doing it for years
Why don’t we make them pay for every last eye
That couldn’t cry its own tears
Do you know what I mean?

I saw a monkey that was learning to choke 
A guy beside him gave him cigarettes to smoke
And every time that monkey started to cough 
The bastard laughed his head off
Do you know what I mean
When I tell you that we’ll all be looking for changes

Changes in the way we treat our fellow creatures
And we will learn how to grow 
When we’re looking for changes
We’re looking for changes
We’re looking for changes
We’re looking for changes in the way we are

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Nicholas Orosz

Nicholas is a former City solicitor and Cambridge graduate. He has a long-standing interest in health & nutrition, the environmental movement, green politics & digital publishing. He has always loved crafting words. His transition to a vegan perspective has been gradual and an ongoing process of self-discovery. Contact:
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