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Morrissey Snubs UK Prime Minister

Written by PETA | April 25, 2011

PETA pal Morrissey isn’t shy about telling British Prime Minister David Cameron what he thinks about Cameron’s penchant for deer hunting. (Former Smiths bandmate Johnny Marr even publicly “forbade” Cameron from liking their music.) In a recent pre-concert interview, Morrissey told the BBC that he probably wouldn’t even open his dressing room door for Cameron, saying, “It’s a moral issue. Killing a stag is like killing a child. What’s the difference?”

Perhaps the prime minister should have done some homework before expressing his fondness for The Smiths, whose second album was titled Meat Is Murder. Morrissey is a vegetarian who is outspoken about the Chinese fur trade, the Canadian seal slaughter, and The Queen’s Guards’ bearskin hats. In 2005 he grabbed PETA’s Linda McCartney Memorial Award for reaching out to millions of people with a message of compassion. Maybe he can convince Cameron to be the next to follow in his kind footsteps.

Written by Michelle Sherrow 

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  • James says:

    @Ominvore – yes, I get that we all die. EVERYONE. That’s not even close to the issue. The issue involves using human choice to increase compassion and decrease suffering, and thank god Moz gets it! And the false dichotomy of ‘free-range’ deer versus factory-farmed deer is absurd — IT’S SIMPLE: HUMANS DON’T NEED MEAT TO LIVE — IT MAKES US SICK! (Heart disease, many cancers, hypertension, high-blood pressure, etc, all diet-related). Live simply, live healthy, love life!

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Omnivore, “Are you aware of what deer do if they are not culled? They ravage landscapes and ruin ecosystems.” Uh, deer are part of the ecosystem. Deer are not stupid, and have no need to be “culled” by know-it-all humans. When food is scarce, does won’t conceive. If they do conceive, and conditions worsen, a doe will absorb her fetus. Man has a very poor track record as a manager of wildlife, considering we have hunted to extinction the Passenger Pigeon, Caribbean Monk Seal, Bubal Hartebeest, Pyrenean Ibex, Labrador Duck, Eastern Bison, Plains Wolf, Newfoundland Wolf, Great Auk, Sea Mink, Florida Black Bear, Sherman’s Fox Squirrel, Heath Hen, and Eastern Elk, among others.

  • Hunter Hater says:

    People are much more overpopulated than deer and are a lot more damaging to the environment but no one ever thinks about that. What right do any of you idiots have to say that the deer should all be shot?

  • Sally K says:

    well done morrissey ! for speeking out for the animals, its great to hear of more people coming on board to help animals. I,ll never understand why people have to be so cruel to innocent lovely animals ?

  • Chez says:

    Wow, in an age where technology has put a man on the moon, do you honestly believe a gun to be the only effective method to deter deer? Just how many are hunted in order to protect an ecosystem? I’ll bet mother nature is thanking her lucky stars that human’s came along to do the job she’s been doing for thousands of years! Don’t pretend that people are ‘selfless’ enough to hunt in order to protect the environment!

  • Hunter says:

    “It’s a moral issue. Killing a stag is like killing a child. What’s the difference?” rofl. whatever he’s smoking, i’ll take three.

  • kathy says:

    This makes me like Morrissey even more.

  • Omnivore says:

    Are you aware of what deer do if they are not culled? They ravage landscapes and ruin ecosystems. There are no other predators for them now, we are it! What would you rather, the deer confined in factory farms and sold in supermarkets? Or the occasional killing and eating of a free ranger? Grow up and get real! read this: and understand that all things die…ALL things!

  • Ozzie says:

    I have been a fan of Morrissey and The Smiths since my teens and I continue to be so to this very day. The lyrics of his songs reflect a deep insight into society, and his pro-active stance on animal rights reflect a truely remarkable and insightful individual. Well done, Morrissey keep on doing what you do best, mate. Please include Australia on your next tour.

  • jo says:

    Morrissey has it right on the money. Cameron needs to understand that rights belong to everyone

  • eve9tmp says:

    Good on ya Morrissey for telling it how it is!

  • Robbo108 says:

    Good on Morrissey, never one to shy away from controversy but the principle is sound – it does’nt matter what the animal whether it be for sport ;( food, clothing etc you are killing another living entity!

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