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Morrissey Praised for Being Blunt

Written by PETA | July 29, 2011

Never one to shy away from speaking up for animals plainly and forthrightly, Morrissey urged fans who were upset about the tragic bombing and shooting rampage in Norway to consider the animals who face needless, terrifying deaths every day. Before launching into “Meat Is Murder” during a concert in Warsaw on Sunday, Morrissey told the crowd, “We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown, with 97 dead. Though that is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried sh*t every day.”

It’s easy to be horrified by someone else’s cruelty, but what about the cruelty that we’re responsible for? As PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk points out, “Morrissey dared to speak his mind, but if we are honest about it, it makes absolute sense to suggest that instead of crying and waving roses in the air, a more effective way to show repulsion at needless carnage is to go vegetarian and to stop supporting slaughter oneself—even if only for one day a week.”

We can’t stop all the senseless violence in the world, but everyone can say no to bloodshed and suffering every time we eat simply by choosing plant-based foods. Please help make the world a less murderous place—get started by ordering your free vegetarian/vegan starter kit today.  

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  • Iwona says:

    killing is wrong, period.. comparing the subject being killed, animal vs. human does not diminish the loss of the latter.. killing is the issue of ethics, the matter of conscience, character and the value system which are all in short supply nowadays.. botox masks any such void with great success.. I am not getting the phoney ones that “love” animals so much that they want “better treatment of animals used for food”.. comfortable killing quarters that is? pink colored stunt guns? cognitive dissonance in full bloom.. unreal really

  • Ursula says:

    The comparison of the deaths of the people in Norway, many of whom were CHILDREN, and the deaths of animals for consumption is assinine to me. That’s like saying if a mad man held a gun to the head of a your child while simultaneously threating the life of your favorite cow and forcing you to choose between the two, you’d pause and try to decide which you’d save? It’s ridiculous and is one of the unfortunate reasons I will never be able to back this organization. I want to see an end to animal testing, I want to see better treatment for animals who are used as food and I want these things because I love animals. But to say that the life of a human is equal to the life of an animal is an inflammatory statement that does little to help sway the opinions of intelligent people.

  • cescaparker89 says:

    Morrissey is right to have aid what he did. When it comes to having a central nervous system, and the ability to feel pain, hunger, and thirst, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. ~Ingrid Newkirk never a truer word spoken….

  • VegetarianGurrl says:

    Some people will find a negative comment in everything? Morrissey is 100% correct. Obviusly I was deeply shocked and saddened by what happened in Norway but people dont care about the ongoing abuse, torture and murder of defenseless animals. We are all living things, so why should people be treated better than cows, sheep, pigs, deer, ducks etc. They shouldnt! So stop taken out your anger on Morrissey because he is totally right about what goes on in factories!

  • gelberose912 says:

    @JamesHeald: I disagree with you. It’s not an ill placed comment at all, what is the difference? Just because it was a mass slaughter of people? Yet there is a mass slaughter of animals every singe day, every second.

  • Lara says:

    That was an awful comment to make. Comparing animals with the people who died in Norway is just awful. TWO THUMBS DOWN, MORRISSEY.

  • Gina says:

    Morrissey is amazing, I love him! There is nothing wrong with being blunt, people need to stop being so sensitive. Besides, he means well!

  • Toby says:

    That is an awesome point by Morrissey; it is not easy to weigh ethics always, like, ‘which is worse, one million headaches or one hundred broken arms?’… questions like that have an answer, but we lack the means at current to measure that kind of complexity. However, in light of the consciousness of cows, of pigs & of chickens, clearly, the torturous lives they are forced into & their murders amount to mass murder worse than any single mass murder of humans. If we could tally up the suffering &, simply put, badness, inflicted by those two companies overall it would be on such a massive scale so as to merit comparison to genocides of humans. It may be politically unwise to make such a direct comparison in such a context (my hunch), but that does not make the comparison false… unless he meant ‘in a single day’ instead of ‘constantly for as long as those companies have existed’, in which case I don’t know. Ethics can be complicated, but as Sam Harris (for one) has put forth recently, it is a science… making politically expedient comments is a science too & Morrissey should probably consider average people’s thought processes a bit more (perhaps difficult when such a wealthy celebrity, granted).

  • jude roycroft says:

    Thank you morrissey for being outspoken, you did right. As Dian Fossey said, a man that kills than animal today will kill a man wo gets in his way tomorrow. Very true

  • Alicia V says:

    I agree with JamesHeald. I respect what he is trying to accomplish but I feel that what he said won’t fully get the message across. If he had said ‘I am saddened by the senseless loss of 95 people in Norway, and I am even more saddened by the everyday torment of other creatures in our world, like the animals who are mercilessly killed at KFC”. What he said sounds a little ignornant and I think although WE get the message, other people won’t (because they’re ignorant).

  • lisa says:

    You go for it Morrissey, yes people may think his timing was wrong but what he was pointing out is that Animals lives are just as inportant as Humans, on a personnal level i would go for animals any day instead of humans

  • Sina says:

    true words, there should be NO difference in between killing an animal and killing an human being! by the way about 8 million people die in africa every year and even this is nothing compared to the suffering animals go through all over the world every day. what happend to the people in norway was truly tragic but we should stop being such hypocrites waiting for our television to tell us wich loss is deplorable and wich is not!

  • Sandra says:

    I’m afraid I will have to agree with Mr. James Heald. I have always been a fervent PETA supporter and lover of animals, vegetarian, cruelty-free, etc., but I have to admit to being a bit taken aback by this statement and its timing. Just think if one of your relatives had been slaughtered so cruelly, I don’t think you’d appreciate the comparison to KFC, no matter how noble the intentions. That said, please keep up the good work PETA, I will always love you and be loyal to you unconditionally!!!!

  • Ozzie says:

    I love Morrissey from way back in the Eighties, and have been inspired by his attitude and up-frontedness on promoting Veganism and a Cruelty free living. I wouldnt expect anything less from Morrissey and he is merely speaking the truth.

  • Aneliese says:

    Excellent comment – it’s about time people start seeing beyond species – after all, humans are animals too.

  • love says:

    I am a vegatarian

  • JamesHeald says:

    While I truly respect and approve of PETA and what it stands for I think that this was a very ill placed comment to make and while he was trying to make a point perhaps it wasn’t the best way to do so.

  • emilyrose669 says:

    i love morrissey he really is truely amazing!! 🙂

  • Antonio says:

    In theory PETA does good work because the cruelty shown to animals in global agribusiness is disgusting and it should be addressed. Of course at the same time, when PETA aligns with radical individuals such as Morrissey and Gary Yourofsky, they turn off the majority to what is a just cause. Trading cruelty towards animals to cruelty towards people is a cruelty much more severe than cruelty towards animals. People have eaten meat since the dawn of human civilization. Many people need to eat it because they live in very clod climates and have no money or access to produce. It is the cold hearted behavior of INDIVIDUALS within Agribusiness that is the disgrace. Eating meat does not make someone heartless or a bad person. In many ways hunters are far more humane than are slaughterhouse workers and owners. By not making this critical distinction, PETA is limiting their audience to the far left, irrational and angry individuals who would sooner hurt a human than say…a fish or a pig. A human’s life is far more important than either a fish or a pig’s and that is something PETA needs to make peace with. If they acknowledged this they would have better luck winning supporters. I am sure that those at the highest levels of PETA do enjoy meat quite regularly. That is just human nature. The Hollywood leftists who praise PETA and do ads for them eat meat most definitely. Going vegetarian is one of the most socially marginalizing things a person can do and that is because nearly everyone eats meat. It is a part of world culture and if the 3rd world countries had America’s wealth they would be eating far more meat. Theae are the reasosn I will not give a penny to PETA. Please contact me for further details.

  • kathy says:

    People are uncomfortable to face the violence they support everyday. When someone tries to break through their denial, many become angry. I’m glad Morissey speaks his mind.