French movie legend Brigitte Bardot has praised Sir Paul McCartney for travelling to Canada to highlight the plight of seals in the region. The ex-beatle and his wife Heather Mills MCCARTNEY travelled to the ice floes of the Gulf Of St Lawrence on Thursday (02MAR06) to bring media attention to the controversial seal slaughter in the region. Speaking on RADIO-CANADA, veteran animal rights campaigner Bardot said, "I came to Canada to denounce this horror in 1977. I thank Paul MCCartney from the bottom of my heart for his courage in returning there to repeat this message. "Canada is not an underdeveloped nation. It is a rich country. It does not have to trade in seal skins, fat, oil and penises. "The hunt is beneath a country like Canada."