December 14, 2005

McCartney attacks China over fur

Hi Everyone,

I came across this news item while aimlessly persuing the BBC website. The moment I started reading it, I became very emotional and distraught. Read the following excerpt to see why and if you would like to read the entire story, click on the title of this blog to be taken to the news story. I just don't understand humans sometimes. I can't say anything more because I'm actually sobbing over this and nothing I say will make any sense at the moment. Please, don't hurt these poor pets. I guess this has left me gobsmacked. - Veena

McCartney attacks China over fur
By Adrian Addison
BBC Six O'clock News

Sir Paul McCartney has vowed never to perform in China after seeing horrific undercover footage of dogs and cats being killed for their fur. The former Beatle also said he would boycott the 2008 Beijing Olympics after viewing the footage taken in a fur market in Guangzhou, southern China.

The film shows animals being thrown from a bus, and into boiling water.

A Chinese official said boycotts were not justified, and blamed US and European consumers for buying the fur.

In the film, dogs and cats packed by the dozen into wire cages little bigger than lobster pots are pictured being thrown from the top deck of a converted bus onto concrete pavements. The screaming animals, many with their paws now smashed from the fall, are then lifted out with long metal tongs and thrown over a seven foot fence.

They are then killed and skinned for their fur. Animal welfare group Peta believes many of them are still alive as their skins are peeled away.

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. Sir Paul, and his wife Heather, looked aghast and close to tears as they watched the footage for a special report for the BBC's Six O'clock News to be screened on Monday. They urged people not to buy Chinese goods.

"This is barbaric. Horrific," said Sir Paul.

"It's like something out of the dark ages. And they seem to get a kick out it. They're just sick, sick people.

"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 just against every rule of humanity. I couldn't go there."


Lavanya said...

Oh..that was very disturbing. I can't believe it! I wonder what else people do out in the world.

Vee said...

Trust me Lavy, you don't want to know. Because sometimes when you do end up knowing, you really wish you didn't. Kali galam di. I mean how do people even get such ideas?? Don't they have hearts??