When Sir Paul McCartney’s previous wife Linda died, he donated in her name to fight cancer and to PETA, in support of animal rights. It seemed to me this was donating at cross purposes, since if PETA gets its way, cancer research will be badly impeded.

Now, this opinion column in the London Times takes McCartney to task for caring more about abused animals in China (which is appalling to everyone) than abused and oppressed people.

Here is the key quote: “China imprisons and executes thousands of dissidents who dare to criticize the regime. Sixteen years after the protest in Tiananmen Square dozens of those arrested remain in prison. One man, Yu Dongyue, is still imprisoned for having thrown paint on the portrait of Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square,an act of “counterrevolutionary propaganda and incitement” for which he was sentenced to 20 years.

Sir Paul and Lady Heather are so exercised by the plight of some cats and dogs that they will now refuse to travel to China, and are demanding a worldwide boycott of Chinese goods.

As for the imprisonment and judicial murder of thousands of dissident human beings, not a pip from either of them.”

Definitely worth a read.

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