Friday, October 23, 1998 Published at 10:10 GMT 11:10 UK
Paul's dilemma over animal testing
Sir Paul McCartney (right) spoke to broadcaster Des Lynam
Sir Paul McCartney has given his first broadcast interview since the death of his wife Linda in April.
Sir Paul is a strict vegetarian and campaigner for animal rights, as was Linda who died in April, aged 56.
"I suppose a limited thing is unavoidable, but it is very difficult for me to think like that because I favour the rights of the animals."
Talking about the medication used to treat Linda's breast cancer, he said: "If a drug has got to be used on humans then legally it has to be finally tested on an animal ... This was difficult for Linda when she was undergoing her treatment."
He said: "During the treatment, a nice answer is a nice answer and if they (the doctors) say, `It's OK to have this because we didn't test it on animals', you are going to believe them."
Later, in a separate statement, Sir Paul stressed his opposition to animal testing, saying: "I am totally against experiments on animals. I don't know of a case where it is necessary and I haven't been persuaded of any case."
"We fancied each other something rotten. That's all it was. To me she was always still my girlfriend," he said.
"Our kids used to laugh at us ... we'd be standing in the middle of the kitchen kissing and stuff and they'd say `Look at the state of you two!' and I would say `It's allowed isn't it? We're married'.
"I just always fancied her and that's what is so difficult about losing her."
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