The Beatles have allowed the controversial animal rights organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) to use one of their best-known songs, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” for a campaign to promote the adoption of animals, the organization announced Sept. 29. The video, which you can see on this page, was directed by Steven Willis and features cats and dogs who have been adopted, included one recently rescued by the organization. “Can’t Buy Me Love” was a No. 1 hit in both England and the U.S. for the group.
Also in the video are dancers from the Baila Conmigo salsa troupe, who were finalists on “America’s Got Talent.” The group competed in 20 categories at the World Latin Dance Cup in 2012 and 2013 and won awards for first, second and third place.
Paul McCartney has long been an ardent supporter of PETA over the years. “With the help of PETA, people have been exposed to knowledge over the years and have learned what it’s about — just how cruel we as a species are to our fellow inhabitants of the Earth,” he said in an interview.
“Glass Walls,” a short film narrated by McCartney and released by PETA in 2010, can be viewed online. It exposed the conditions of animals raised on farms and later killed in slaughterhouses. “I hope that once you see the routine cruelty involved in raising, transporting and killing animals for food, you’ll join the millions of people who have decided to leave meat off their plates for good,” he said about the film. Free DVDs of “Glass Walls” have been handed out at his concerts in the past.
The organization got into a tussle with Sarah Palin in January after she posted photos online of her son Trig, who has Down syndrome, standing on the family dog. “PETA simply believes that people shouldn’t step on dogs, and judging by the reaction that we’ve seen to Sarah Palin’s Instagram photo, we’re far from alone in that belief,” said PETA president Ingrid Newkirk. Palin responded by saying, “Dear PETA, Chill. At least Trig didn’t eat the dog.”