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.