The so-called “wet markets” in Asia market meat and fresh produce, and sometimes show live animals. (They get their name from the often watered floors.) A common theory – although far from confirmed – is that Covid-19 originated from a live animal market in Wuhan, the disease being transmitted by bald meat -mice or illegally marketed pangolin.
Speaking to US radio host Howard Stern about the coronavirus crisis, McCartney said, “I really hope this will mean that the Chinese government says,” OK guys, we really need to be very hygienic here. . “Let’s face it, it’s a little medieval eating bats. “
Stern told McCartney, “They will not close these wet markets, which caused us trouble in the first place. It’s mind-boggling, right? “
“It wouldn’t be so bad if that’s the only thing you can blame in these wet markets,” said McCartney. “Looks like Sars, avian flu, all kinds of other stuff that grieved us … and what’s the point? For these fairly medieval practices. They must clean up their act. This can lead to [change]. If not, I don’t know what will do it. “
Asked about petitions to ban wet markets, McCartney, an animal rights activist and vegetarian for much of his life, said, “I think it makes a lot of sense … when you have the obscenity of some of the things that are going on there and what comes out of them, they might as well drop atomic bombs. It affects the whole world.
“I understand that part of it is going to be: people have done it forever, this is how we do it. But they have enslaved forever too. You have to change things at some point. “
There is uncertainty as to the exact source of Covid-19. There is a broad consensus that it has been transmitted by bats, but the route to humans remains unclear. Stephen Turner, head of the microbiology department at Monash University in Melbourne, told the Guardian this week, “I don’t think it is decisive by any means,” when asked if the virus was spread to humans via an animal at a market in Wuhan.
McCartney isolates himself in Sussex with his daughter Mary and his family, with a “forced separation” from his wife Nancy Shevell, who is in New York.
“We have already seen various forms of crisis, but nothing that affects everyone in the world at the same time,” he said. “I have to say it’s scary. The thing for me is that I am from the generation that had just come out of World War II, my mother and father were in World War II, and the spirit they showed was: we will continue, we ‘I will do whatever is necessary, we will tighten and try to stay happy … this spirit is sort of what they needed and this is what we need now. This is what we see now, a lot of people are coming together … it’s inspiring. “
When asked if civil unrest could arise, McCartney said, “I think we are going to see this, and we are seeing it now in Britain.” But he added, “I think from what I can see, it’s going the other way. People realize that there is so much good in humanity. And thank God, it seems to show. “
He also talked about his canceled title at Glastonbury, saying, “What is disappointing to me are the people who bought tickets, who were looking forward to it and thought it was something groovy to do in the summer. , and suddenly the plug is cut, and we can’t come and play for them. It’s sad for us too – we were looking forward to it. “