Those lucky seals – thanks to Paul McCartney, one of the last memories they’ll have before they’re skinned and murdered will be that of watching old man dressed in ridiculous orange clothes rolling around on the ice like a weird rich Scouse satsuma.
Paul McCartney (CDs) had long threatened to visit the Canadian ice-floes unless the Canadian government outlawed seal culling
- and yesterday he did just that, taking his wife Heather
along for the ride. Why? Does McCartney plan to form a human shield
around the baby seals to stop the evil hunters? No, he just wanted to
go and complain about the hunters for a bit and then go off somewhere
"We are out here on the ice floe trying to call
upon the Canadian people, the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
and his Government to consider putting an end once and for all to the
up to 320,000 seals are culled on the Canadian ice-floes each year, by
hunters keen to sell the seal pelts for around $55 each. And it’s time
that the practise was ended, according to J-Lo botherer Heather
"Imagine having a child and having your baby bludgeoned to death in
front of you with a wooden club for the sake of fashion and fur."
a stupid thing to say – wearing outfits fashioned from human baby skin
a) isn’t going to be that warm and b) looks really shit. Anyway, The McCartneys want to turn the focus of the ice-floes away from all this seal-killing and towards eco-tourism, so that local communities would be able to make money from overcharging rich idiots to stay in crummy hotels instead of smashing baby seals on the head with a bat. And as for tradition – screw that says Paul McCartney:
"Plenty of things have been going on for a very long time, like slavery and apartheid. Just because they have been going on a long time doesn’t mean they should continue to go on."
We’ve been saying that about ending charity concerts with extended singalongs of Hey Jude for a while too, so we know where he’s coming from. Saving the seals isn’t the first time that Paul McCartney has been moved into action by animal cruelty – in November, Paul vowed never to play in China because of the way dogs were treated there. Would he consider boycotting Canada until seal-culling was banned, too? Of course not, Canadian fans are too
rich ethical for that:
"I have a lot of respect for the Canadian people. They have been asked what they think about the seal hunt, and the majority are opposed to it. It’s not their fault."
Image: Associated Press
[story by Stuart Heritage]