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ganjavih
2006-Mar-29, 02:34
Morrissey vs. Canada (http://music.monstersandcritics.com/news/article_1150484.php/Morrissey_vs._Canada)

Morrissey will not be playing in Canada any time soon reportedly because the singer is furious with the country’s annual seal hunt.

It is expected that up to 325,000 young harp seal pups could be killed in the coming weeks, despite pleas from international bodies for the practice to stop.

The ex-Smiths singer issued a statement on his official website saying that he won't be visiting the country to promote his forthcoming album Ringleader Of The Tormentors in protest over the hunt.

“I fully realise that the absence of any Morrissey concerts in Canada is unlikely to bring the Canadian economy to its knees, but it is our small protest against this horrific slaughter - which is the largest slaughter of marine animal species found anywhere on the planet,” the singer said.

“The Canadian Prime Minister says the so-called 'cull' is economically and environmentally justified, but this is untrue.”

Morrissey claims that the motivation behind the “barbaric and cruel” hunt is “making money,” and in doing so will aid the fashion industry.

“The Canadian Prime Minister (Steven Harper) also states that the slaughter is necessary because it provides jobs for local communities, but this is an ignorant reason for allowing such barbaric and cruel slaughter of beings that are denied life simply because somebody somewhere might want to wear their skin. Construction of German gas chambers also provided work for someone - this is not a moral or sound reason for allowing suffering,” Morrisey continued.

Along with Morrisey, former Beatle Paul McCartney has been an outspoken supporter of ending the seal hunt.

horned beef
2006-Mar-29, 03:23
Good.

I hope now he can manage to keep his shirts on at his live shows, seeing that he's so old.

I believe they have factory farms in most of the countries he will be touring. In fact, i think veal is made in the USA and paté in France. What's any more humane about those when compared to a seal hunt?


"I am humane and i need to be loved...just like every baby seal does."

scarberiankhatru
2006-Mar-29, 04:41
But veal and pate tastes good...seals don't.

afransen TO
2006-Mar-29, 06:15
Good riddance. I think we should ban pompous celebrities from visiting Canada...

fiendishlibrarian
2006-Mar-29, 14:43
Being denied Morrissey is not a good thing.

El Chico905
2006-Mar-29, 15:53
Hopefully he'll have a show in Buffalo, unless he thinks the removing the wings from Bison and cooking them in hot sauce is cruel.

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http://www2.plala.or.jp/takotto/gazou/meat%20is%20murder(L).JPG

spmarshall
2006-Mar-29, 17:28
It blows me away that US protesters have nothing better to do than to protest against the seal hunt. Sure it's cruel, and I don't care for it either, but there's a lot of hypocracy. Veal is pretty damned cruel, and so is foie gras.

The state killing its own people is cruel and unsual in the western world; the US is the only developed Western country to still practice capital punishment. The same with state-sanctioned torture. Not to mention issues with foreign or military policy, of which Britain has a lot to answer for too.

The Burgher of TO
2006-Mar-29, 17:53
why now? its not like the seal hunt is anything new. and he had no problem playing in the states following the iraq invasion, nor did he have any issues playing in countries that supported that war.

my guess? he's taking a stand on a hot-button issue to boost his indie/rebel cred, but he's taking a stand on an issue that will cost him minimal income. canada is a tiny market, his canadian fans will still buy his music, and the real diehard fans will even make the quick trip over the border to watch his shows in the states.

the seal hunt is in the news right now (especially post-Bardot), so it's actually possible that by taking this stand (especially a week before his new CD comes out) he'll draw more attention to himself and his album, potentially boosting sales above and beyond the losses incurred by the tour boycott. they story's already been picked up by over 40 outlets (news.google.ca/news?hl=en...188.html), (http://news.google.ca/news?hl=en&tab=wn&ie=UTF-8&ncl=http://www.itv.com/news/index_1206188.html),) and it's sure to make print tomorrow.

spmarshall
2006-Mar-29, 17:57
my guess? he's taking a stand on a hot-button issue to boost his indie/rebel cred,

Ironically a few weeks after Paul McCartney helped to make this a big issue. McCartney certainly has no indie/rebel cred.

andreapalladio
2006-Mar-29, 19:12
Nor musical cred, since Wings at least...

Ed007Toronto
2006-Mar-29, 19:48
Remember the Smiths had a album called "Meat Is Murder". He's not new to this cause.

indense
2006-Mar-30, 04:02
we shouldn't be killing these seals, we should round them up and re-locate them to saskatchewan where they can live out their lives in peace.

are people aware that japan kills over 1300 whales a year for "scientific research"?

i guess the japanese buy more CDs than we do

bizorky
2006-Mar-30, 04:52
Nor musical cred, since Wings at least...

Before Wings.

Since then his mug was used to sell something on TV.

Request to Paul: retire already.

The seal hunt is a sham based on crappy reasoning, right along with the Japanese whale hunt. Out-moded traditions always die hard.

building babel
2006-Mar-30, 19:28
I see Apple corps Ltd. is suing Apple Computer Inc. yet again for swiping "their" logo and using it, this time, for iTunes. Ironic seeing as how the loveable moptop lifted the image from a Magritte painting he owned back in the late '60's.

blixa442
2006-Mar-30, 20:08
Remember the Smiths had a album called "Meat Is Murder". He's not new to this cause.

I think my record will be called Evolution is Murder. Oh, Mozz, you're such a wanker... When your ex-fans call you a wanker you know your career has gone down the toilet.

Darkstar416
2006-Mar-30, 21:35
my guess? he's taking a stand on a hot-button issue to boost his indie/rebel cred, but he's taking a stand on an issue that will cost him minimal income. canada is a tiny market, his canadian fans will still buy his music, and the real diehard fans will even make the quick trip over the border to watch his shows in the states.
Hardly, Morrissey's pet issue has ALWAYS been animal rights (since The Smiths emerged on the scene in the mid-1980s). In fact, he even spoke directly about Canada's seal hunt at his Hummingbird Centre show in 2003.


When your ex-fans call you a wanker you know your career has gone down the toilet.
It may not be the glory days of Mozzer-mania (circa 1991), but saying that Mozz's career has gone down the toilet is a stretch. He had a very big comeback album in 2003, played many festivals (including headlining Coachella) and had a world tour that pretty much sold-out within days. His new album (http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000E3LFZC/qid=1143753634/sr=8-1/ref=pd_ka_0/702-4476930-1736815) is already being hailed by the critics and it's not even out until April 4th. Sunset years? For sure. Down the toilet? Not even close.

Part of appreciating Morrissey and being a fan of Morrissey involves his (sometimes) ridiculous oratory about his pet issue(s). None of this really surprises me. Buffalo here I come!

Also, kind of funny this was announced two days after the annual Smiths-Morrissey Fest which was held at The Funhaus in T.O. on Saturday night. A few hundred fans were dancing about to the tunes of The Smiths and Morrissey and there was wild speculation in the room about some upcoming Canadian dates. And now this to further depress Canada's Mozz-nation.

A pic for fun...

http://www.peta2.com/OUTTHERE/page/morrissey72.jpg

Ed007Toronto
2006-Mar-30, 22:57
We got the CD in today. Not too bad.

scarberiankhatru
2006-Mar-30, 23:31
"Down the toilet? Not even close."

Depends on who you're asking...how many 15 year-olds today have even heard of him?

Darkstar416
2006-Mar-30, 23:38
Depends on who you're asking...how many 15 year-olds today have even heard of him?
Who cares? How many 15 year olds in 1991 had heard of Stephen Patrick Morrissey?

drunknsubmrnr
2006-Mar-31, 01:05
And now this to further depress Canada's Mozz-nation.


Like they needed it, if they're listening to him in the first place.

If we weren't meant to hunt seals, why are they so tasty and soft?

Kevin

shawnmicallef
2006-Mar-31, 03:04
15 year olds? We would have to shift just about everything if we're going to base things on the likes of 15 year olds.

Morrissey is fine, and that last album was wonderful. He can actually sing, and his lyrics are actually good. Those two don't come together very much anymore....

bizorky
2006-Mar-31, 04:44
If we weren't meant to hunt seals, why are they so tasty and soft?

That's only after they tenderize them with the clubs.



I can't recall seeing anyone dressed in a seal pup coat here. Where does all that stuff end up?

El Chico905
2006-Mar-31, 04:46
^I think it's mostly for the ol' hats and handbags market. I have a small stuffed seal made from baby seal. I got it when I was quite little.

I'm surpised this hasn't been posted yet,

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