Beatles legend Paul McCartney is one of the world's most famous vegetarians, becoming an outspoken advocate since ditching meat in 1975. During a candid interview with Howard Stern today, McCartney spoke out against China's wet markets, where animals are killed and sold.
In light of current COVID-19 pandemic, McCartney called out wet market practices, linking them to the disease.
"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 said (via The Hollywood Reporter).
"It's not a stupid idea, it is a very good idea," he stressed about the proposed shutdown. "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. If this doesn't, I don't know what will...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."
As for the tradition of the wet markets, McCartney says that some things simply have to evolve: "They did slavery forever too, but you have to change things at some point."