Paul McCartney, who is in the news almost as often these days for his efforts on behalf of animals as for his music, has sent his razor, shaving cream and other Gillette products to the company's headquarters in Boston to protest its practice of testing products on animals.
In a letter accompanying the package, which was addressed to Alfred Zeien, the chief executive, McCartney wrote: "As a friend of animals, I am not only unsatisfied but outraged. Please send me a refund as advertised on your products, which I intend to donate to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals."The Evening Standard in London said McCartney commented he would rather grow a beard than let a Gillette razor touch his face.
Joan Fitzgerald, a spokeswoman for Gillette, said the package had not arrived but that McCartney's letter had been sent to the company by PETA.
"This company believes that assuring product safety is a moral and legal requirement, so we are committed to continuing the use of laboratory animals when necessary," she said.