China got Paul McCartney’s hackles up by the way that it treats cats and dogs for fur. And not only is he never going to go to China, he never wants you to go to China, either. Especially for the Olympics.
For a while it looked like Paul McCartney (CDs) was going a bit soft on
his ideals. He’s decided that he would sell his image and songs to
Fidelity Investments and he’s been relying on gimmicks like beaming
songs into space to sell his records. But there’s one thing that Paul
will never go back on – the way he feels about cruelty to animals.
Paul was shown secret footage of animals
being killed in a fur market in the city of Guangzhou, southern China,
and that’s what prompted his anti-China outbursts. The film, made by
animal rights group PETA, shows dogs and cats being thrown from a bus
onto a concrete pavement. Then, crying with pain, they are picked up
with long metal tongs and thrown over a 7ft fence to be killed. Paul McCartney said:
is barbaric. It’s like something out of the Dark Ages. I wouldn’t even
dream of going over there to play, in the same way I
wouldn’t go to a country that supported apartheid. This is just
disgusting. It’s against every rule of humanity. People think because
China is going to host
the Olympics then they must be coming into the modern world, but then
you see this sort of stuff. If they want to consider themselves a
civilised nation, they’re going to have to stop this."
Chinese Embassy in London has criticised McCartney in return, though.
It even doubts the authenticity of the PETA footage. A spokesperson
"Sir Paul should be calling for a boycott of the fashion industry using fur in the European and American markets."
[story by Stuart Heritage]