Sir Paul has vowed never to perform in China after seeing a PETA film on the brutal treatment of animals in the Guangzhou fur market. Sir Paul said:
"This is barbaric. Horrific. It's like something out of the Dark Ages. And they seem to get a kick out of 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 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. Surely the authorities there must realize how bad this looks? How can the host nation of the Olympics be seen allowing animals to be treated in this terrible way?
"If they want to consider themselves a civilized nation, they're going to have to stop this."
It was reported that Sir Paul and Heather were close to tears as they watched a preview of the People for the Ethical treatment of Animals (PETA) film that will be broadcast on BBC1's Six O'Clock News Monday evening.
The couple are encouraging people to boycott Chinese goods. Heather stated:
"I don't understand why they don't at least treat them humanely. Why do they have to torture them in this way? What do they get out of it? They're not even killed cleanly. I've seen so much footage where these poor creatures are clearly alive when they're skinned. And for what? For fashion? It's sick. People in every other country in the world should now boycott Chinese goods. If we can hit them in their pockets, maybe they'll do something to stop this."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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