WARSAW – In advance of his Dec. 3 concert in Kraków, Sir Paul McCartney sent a letter urging the Polish Parliament to honor Jewish icon Isaac Bashevis Singer on the late Polish writer and vegetarian campaigner’s birthday, Nov. 21. Polish MP Paweł Kukiz granted the request in a public declaration read aloud by the Speaker at a parliamentary session in Warsaw.
McCartney’s appeal created much buzz in Poland.
Writing on behalf of PETA, McCartney aimed to bring Singer’s message of compassion to a new generation of Poles: “An early outspoken vegetarian, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature 40 years ago, and although he died in 1991, his words of wisdom live on in a recent PETA video short hosted by Natalie Portman.”
“Isaac Singer grew up in the same part of Poland as my family,” says Portman in the video. “And like them, he fled the horrors of the Holocaust. But the cruelties he witnessed made Singer one of the most powerful writers of the 20th century.” The heroes in his bestsellers championed women’s issues, gay rights and especially animal rights. “I did not become a vegetarian for my health,” Singer once declared flatly. “I did it for the health of the chickens.”