Vegetarian and animal rights activist Paul McCartney stated his support for banning Chinese “wet markets” while appearing on Howard Stern’s radio show. As the Guardian reported, McCartney called the markets “obscene” and said it was “medieval” to eat bats.
Speaking on Howard Stern, McCartney said, “I really hope that this will mean the Chinese government says, ‘OK guys, we have really got to get super hygienic around here.’ Let’s face it, it is a little bit medieval eating bats.” McCartney is an outspoken vegetarian. In an interview with PETA, he praised a vegetarian diet for its benefit to animals and the environment. His daughter, Stella McCartney, is also a vocal animal rights activist.
The former Beatle continued, ” It wouldn’t be so bad if this is the only thing it seems like you can blame on those wet markets. It seems like Sars, avian flu, all sorts of other stuff that has afflicted us … and what’s it for? For these quite medieval practices. They need to clean up their act. This may lead to [change]. If this doesn’t, I don’t know what will.”
Asked about the petition to ban wet markets, McCartney replied, “I think it makes a lot of sense … when you’ve got the obscenity of some of the stuff that’s going on there and what comes out of it, they might as well be letting off atomic bombs. It’s affecting the whole world. I understand that part of it is going to be: people have done it for ever, this is the way we do things. But they did slavery forever, too. You’ve got to change things at some point.”
Scientists believe that the coronavirus started at a market in Wuhan, China, where it was transferred from an animal to a human.
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