Monday, November 28, 2005

Sir Paul McCartney has vowed never to perform in China after seeing horrific undercover footage of dogs and cats being killed for their fur.

All I can say is hell yeah! Right on to Paul McCartney. He's one of the few musicians of the world that actually does what he says. Right on to him. China is absolutely brutal when it comes to issues involving non-human animals. Just disgusting. China is by far one of the most egregious animal abusing countries in the world.

Here's the story:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4476664.stm

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

Sir Paul wants China to bring in new laws to stop the practice

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.
Some are senselessly beaten by laughing and smiling workers.
All are then killed and skinned for their fur - many are believed still
to be 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 McCartney
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."
In another piece of the harrowing footage, shot this summer by an
undercover investigator connected to the People for the Ethical treatment
of Animals (Peta) campaign group, cats are seen squirming inside a sack
which is then thrown into a vat of steaming water.
Olympic host
They are boiled to death and skinned by a fleecing machine similar to a
launderette tumble drier.
Campaigners estimate that over two million dogs and cats are killed for
their fur in China every year. China also farms animals such as mink for
their fur and makes over half of the world's fur products.
McCartney added: "How can the ! host nation of the Olympics be seen
allowing animals to be treated in this terrible way?"
Heather McCartney, herself a vociferous animal rights campaigner added:
"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."

Dogs were seen in grim conditions
"If they want to consider themselves a civilized nation," said Sir Paul,
! "they're going to have to stop this."
A spokesman for the Chinese Ambassador in London told the BBC: "Though
cats and dogs are not endangered, we do not encourage the ill treatment
of cats and dogs.
"But, anyway, the fur trade mostly feeds markets in the US and Europe.
This fur is not consumed in China. So the Americans and Europeans should
accept the blame.
"We have no plans to clamp down on this internally that I am aware of -
it is for the US and Europeans to take their own action. They should
boycott fur as a fashion material.
"I do not agree with Mr McCartney and his wife's point of view - a
boycott of Chinese goods and the Olympics is simply not justifiable."
It is not currently illegal to trade in dog and cat fur in the UK and
most of Europe.
Ethical abhorrence
But the UK government sees any legislation as being a European issue - as
once the fur enters Europe from China, free trade and the difficulty of
identifying the fur makes it almost impossible to police.
A DTI spokesman told the BBC: "The government shares the ethical
abhorrence felt by many. That is why it banned by statute fur farming in
the UK in 2000.
"Action is best taken at the EU level as a harmonised approach throughout
the EU would have greater impact and avoid obstacles to the operation of
the single market."
There is little evidence, as yet, of the fur products being sold in the
UK. Campaigners insist they are available up and down the country, but it
is impossible to tell the difference from other fur without the aid of
expensive genetic tests.
The British Fur Trade Association, which represents the boomin g fur
industry in the UK, insists that its members do not knowingly use dog and
cat fur and have introduced a fur labelling system to try to guard
against its use.
"As an industry, we are against any form of animal cruelty," said a
spokeswoman.
"We deplore and work against the mistreatment of animals. For this
reason, we also actively support and encourage the adoption of Western
fur farming practices on Chinese fur farms."
Ruse accusation
But pro-fur campaigner Richard D North says a European ban is heavy
handed.
"This is a ruse by campaigners to attack the legitimate fur trade. Nobody
has ever found a large amount of cat and dog fur in the UK.
"The European fur industry would never use it. Why bother, when there are
lovely skins from properly farmed animals?"
Euro MP Struan Stevenson has an array of cat and dog products in his
Brussels office - including a coat made from Alsatian skin, a pelt made
from four golden retrievers and a blanket made from around 70 cats. All
were bought in Europe.
"It's cheaper to make these things from cat and dog than it is to make
synthetic fur," he told the BBC.
"It really is time for this trade to be banned and the EU border to be
sealed against it. And the new trade commissioner is more than
sympathetic."
Markos Kyprianou, EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, is
responsible for this area of EU law.
His spokesman, Phillip Todd, told the BBC: "As a human being, the
commissioner abhors this trade and is! very supportive of there being a
ban. There are, however, legal obstacles which would need to be addressed
before a ban could be put in place."

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