Get bat: Macca slams Wuhan's wet market
Sir Paul McCartney has laid into the wet markets of China — believed to be the origin of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 77-year-old was talking across the pond to American radio and television personality, Howard Stern, from his farm in Sussex.
Sir Paul explained how he is in an "enforced separation" from his wife, currently in New York, which he described as "pretty rough." Yet he counted his blessings of having his children around him during the lockdown. A wartime baby, Sir Paul likened the spirit of everyone pulling together in Britain to that of WWII.
Then Howard brought up China's wet markets, which sell live and slaughtered animals.
Sir Paul, an outspoken animal lover, did not mince words and blamed the wet markets for SARS, bird flu, and "all sorts of other stuff".
"It's not like they [Chinese government officials] are powerless. Let's face it: it's a little bit medieval eating bats".
Calling for wet markets to at least clean up their act, if not close, Sir Paul said:
"It's not a stupid idea; it's a very good idea. They don't need all the people dying. And what's it for? All these medieval practices. They just need to clean up their act. This may lead to it [their closure]. If this doesn't, I don't know what will".
Continued Sir Paul:
"They might as well be letting off atomic bombs because it's affecting the whole world. Whoever is responsible for this is at war with the world and itself".
He acknowledged there would be pushback since wet markets have existed for so long, but added:
"They did slavery forever too, but you have to change things at some point".
Speaking some final words of wisdom, the Live and Let Die artist promised:
"Those dark clouds will roll away".
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