Animal rights supporter Paul McCartney is a musician, most known for being a member of the Beatles and half of the Lennon-McCartney songwriting team. McCartney has also had a successful career with his band Wings and as a solo artist.
James Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool, England on June 18, 1942. He married Linda Eastman in 1969 and the pair raised four children: Heather (from Linda’s previous marriage), Mary, Stella and James. Linda McCartney succumbed to breast cancer in 1998. McCartney married Heather Mills in 2002, and the couple had a daughter, Beatrice, but the marriage ended in divorce in 2008. In 2011, McCartney married American businesswoman Nancy Shevell.
Music Career – The Beatles:
In the 1960s, McCartney was a member of the Beatles
, along with John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The band had a phenomenal influence on pop culture, and had twenty number one hits in the United States, all penned by Lennon and McCartney, including "Can't Buy Me Love," "Yesterday," "Hey, Jude" and "Let it Be." In 1970, the Beatles disbanded.
Music Career – Beyond the Beatles:
In 1971, McCartney formed a new band, Wings, which was successful in its own right, with hits like “Band on the Run,” “Listen to What the Man Said,” and “Silly Love Songs,” which all went to #1 in the U.S. Wings disbanded in 1981, but McCartney continues to record as a solo artist and still plays sold-out stadium tours worldwide.
In 1997, McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his "services to music," and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful songwriter of all time. Both the Beatles and McCartney as a solo artist have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Animal Rights Activism - Paul & Linda:
Paul and Linda McCartney became vegetarian after looking at one of their own lambs and making the connection with the meat on their plates. Linda authored two vegetarian cookbooks, and in 1991, started a vegetarian food company
which continues to make frozen meals "inspired by Linda's home cooking." Together, Paul and Linda supported campaigns by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
. The quote, "If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian," has been attributed to both Paul and Linda.
Animal Rights Activism - Recent Activity:
After Linda's passing, McCartney continued his animal activism with his second wife, Heather Mills, both supporting a ban on the trade in dog and cat fur in the EU, and posing for photos with baby seals in support of The Humane Society of the US.
McCartney has also recorded a pro-vegetarian video for Viva!, backed International Fund for Animal Welfare in an anti-hunting campaign, spoken out against vivisection, and supported a proposed ban on fur in Isreal with Let the Animals Live. McCartney also supports Meat Free Monday, an environmental campaign.