There’s no love lost between longtime PETA friend Morrissey and former Canadian Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea, who notoriously supports the seal slaughter. So when Shea was voted out of office, he posted a biting farewell message to her on his website:
Gail Shea, the Canadian Minister of Fisheries whose spokesperson referred to me as a “millionaire celebrity, desperate for a hobby” when I protested at Shea’s decision to axe to death thousands of newborn seal pups who were relying on fish food that Shea instead wanted for human consumption, is herself being “culled” on Monday as the federal elections show her support dramatically diminished against that of her main opponent (Bobby Morrissey, would you believe). Since Gail Shea thinks it is morally correct of Canada to dispense with unwanted beings by slicing their heads open with an axe, hopefully this same fate will happen to Shea, although given her 78% pork girth it could take nine wielding axemen and at least six daylight hours to finish her off. It shall be worth the wait for all of us.
—Morrissey; London, England; October 2015
For years, Morrissey has refused to play shows in Canada and won’t go there until the commercial seal slaughter ends. He and Shea have traded barbs, but it seems as though Morrissey, and seals, have gotten the last word.