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World Exclusive: Morrissey Talks to PETA About His New Animal Anthem

Written by Dan Mathews | July 15, 2014

Morrissey has a long history of speaking up for animals, and his new album is no exception. In an exclusive interview with PETA marking the release of World Peace Is None of Your Business (and the only interview he’s given anywhere to promote the album), the ever-elusive vegan rock icon discusses his latest animal rights anthem and shows off his PETA pride. “2014 marks my 30th year standing alongside my friends and allies at PETA,” he says, “and it’s a kinship I relish because PETA has given us all enough support in order to speak up and show our objection to the animal haters who are so certain that they run the game.”

Morrissey© Michael Muller

As a special treat for PETA supporters, the legendary singer has even arranged for the entire album to be streamed on our site!

So what is the must-hear track? “The Bullfighter Dies,” a caustic, upbeat pop tune in which the bull wins a round in the bloody spectacle. “‘The Bullfighter Dies’ is a shout-out for the total abolition of the living horror of bullfighting,” Morrissey says, “and since those who control such barbarity have no interest in the welfare of the bull, then we can only approach the subject by stressing how the overwhelming majority do not have any sympathy when the bullfight does not go the bullfighter’s way.”

El Bull-a-dor© Larry Torro

The new song is a companion piece to Morrissey’s 1985 vegetarian battle cry with The Smiths, “Meat Is Murder.” “Violence is built very solidly into our society, and it is nowhere more prevalent than the despair of factory farming and the slaughterhouse—both monuments to human selfishness, and both suspiciously barred to public scrutiny,” he says. For decades, PETA has provided Morrissey with slaughterhouse footage to show onscreen when he performs “Meat Is Murder” at his sell-out concerts around the world, leaving countless vegetarians in his wake. He even makes venues such as Los Angeles’ massive STAPLES Center close its McDonald’s and KFC stands when he appears—but he always has a PETA booth to give out literature. No other pop star has so thoroughly used both his or her music and persona to keep animal rights front and center. “Although many people are certain that humans can do whatever they like to other living beings, many people do not feel this way—and here we are!” Morrissey says. World Peace Is None of Your Business can be downloaded here.

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  • ladypurr9 says:

    Thank you, Morrisey. Alway a fan. Kindred spirits, too!

  • Denise Brewer says:

    I have always been a fan of Morrissey’s, but this makes me an EVEN BIGGER ONE!!! Love!!

  • Virginia Greenwood-Warner says:

    Thank you thank you thank you – your compassion and beautiful music is just incredible!!

  • Gejo says:

    I’ve been a follower of Morrissey since 1984. I became vegetarian after listening to Meat is Murder. Now, I am very grateful he has written a song against bullfighting. An awful ‘fiesta’ where certainly the bull is the one not having fun. As a Spaniard, I’m ashamed this is still happening. Hopefully it won’t last longer!

  • Val Kerry says:

    What a Brilliant idia! & a really GOOD person to do it !!!!!

  • Carol-Ann Lamothe says:

    What a great human being. Sorry I wasn’t able to hear his music. Cannot get it in my area, was the message on the screen.

  • Jan Lowe says:

    Refreshing and wonderful, we need more like him!

  • nonya001 says:

    We needmore animal rights activists

  • Sally Anne Hubbard says:

    Thank you Morrissey, I am so glad you are in the world. You have made the world a better place for animals.

  • Tina Watson says:

    Brilliant, brilliant man. Never ever afraid to speak his mind, and he is always so right.

  • Dixie Lee Howe says:

    Wow! What a great musician and animal loving man!

  • Sarah Cowan says:

    I get comment like we would miss bull fighting because the bull fighters costume is traditional and everyone thinks its cute, but that is ridiculous as they don’t need to make excuses to kill animals like this to wear a traditional costume.

  • Sarah says:

    Thank you Morrissey.One of my favourite singers and an angel to animals.

  • MEAT IS MURDER!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MariaAparici says:

    I am a fan from Spain,I do as much as I can to fight bullfighting,but in this stupid country the more we complain ,the less attention they pay to us.But I’m sure people like you will be more successful. Thank you so much.

  • Nicole says:

    Morrissey is an angel among men. He is the only singer who has the guts to speak up for animals and show the reality of many people’s dinner while performing an important song.

  • Marie says:

    I’m your newest fan
    Thank you for bringing this horror to light: I’m hoping for a change, too.

  • andrea fry says:

    meat is murder , animals feel and bleed just like we do , only diference is they cant speak up for themselves , like we can , keep up the good work one and all for the peace for animals world wide

    • Tony Sgroi says:

      We need more passionate & caring people like u Andrea.

    • Lindy Damasio says:

      proudly vegetarian for 28 years. Becoming a vegan slowly but surely. May we all be like minded soon and see animals as our fellow earthlings and not our next meal or entertainment.