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November 28, 2005



I take your point Mick, but I can't help thinking that of the myriad of awful occurances that happen to humans - many of which are highlighted on your blog - that celebs never seem to kick up a stink about them at the same rate they will leap to save kittens or join a campaign to kick Bush et al. Perhaps Richard Gere's criticism of China over Tibet is an exception in that respect.

Perhaps one day there will be a "Rock artists against North Korean Oppression", but I suspect "Rock Artists against cruelty to North Korean Donkeys" would be much more likely.

Mick H

Somehow it doesn't bother me that celebrities don't campaign about, say, North Korea. Why would they? I actually rather like that very English eccentricity of getting all worked up about mistreatment of veal calves, or donkeys in Spain, or whatever it may be.


Why would they?

The same reason they allegedly get worked up about a US invasion of Iraq.

Concern for their fellow man.

John Barr

His concern is admirable, but Sir Paul's got it backwards (as usual). In general, wealthy countries are much more concerned with animal welfare than poor countries. Therefore, to save Chinese doggies and kitties one shouldn't boycott but instead spend as much as possible on Chinese-made electronics. Go ahead and buy that home theater system - you may save a Chinese dog from a horrible fate!


Human beings can speak up for themselves as well as each other - animals cannot. From birth to death, how much pain they feel, whether or not they go hungry, how long or short their lives are, depends entirely upon us. I don't see therefore how any attempt to improve animal welfare can be seen as a waste of compassion. The very first tug on our humanity should be for the vulnerable, the children, the elderly, those with mental and physical impairments, and, yes, for other non-human creatures.

The RSPCA works with a lot of child welfare agencies in this country, because often where there is animal cruelty or neglect there can also be child cruelty or neglect. Is this not what we see in poorer countries? It could be that poverty causes this deficit of pity towards the vulnerable. But to argue that is to argue that the rich are rarely cruel, and I think we all know that is not true.

Top post, Mr Hartley!

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