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Morrissey congratulates Ireland on legalising gay marriage but tells us to up our game on animal cruelty

Published 27/05/2015 | 10:57

Morrissey.
Morrissey.

Morrissey is a man of many opinions and he has made his latest strong views on Ireland known in an open letter to the country.

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In a post on his website on Saturday, the day Ireland voted to legalise gay marriage, titled 'Congratulations' he wrote "The people, once again, teach the church. The people, once again, teach the politicians."

However, he still has issues with our policies on farming.

“Now, Ireland, please abolish fur farms and factory-farming and transportation of live animals, and welcome yourself completely into the 21st century.”

He signed off, "Morrissey, 24 May 2015, Sydney, Australia."

The outspoken singer is an activist for animal rights.  In 2009 he walked off stage at the Coachella festival in the US when he smelled meat being cooked.  He said the smell of "burning animals" made him sick. 

And last year he suggested that eating meat was like paedophilia, “I see no difference between eating animals and paedophilia. They are both rape, violence, murder."

Morrissey also branded Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis an "animal hater" and accused him of censoring his show at the festival in 2011.

In a post on fansite True To You, he described the dairy farmer and festival organiser as "the gentlemanly God of Glastonbury", and quoted him as saying his cows were "very happy".

He said: "What Michael Eavis meant by this statement was: WE are economically very happy because our cows have the highest milk yield in the county. No Glastonbury cow was available for comment, and no cows were heard laughing."

He said: "In 2011, I played Glastonbury and attempted to sing the song Meat Is Murder. Behind me, a screen that usually shows the many evils of factory farming remained blank.

"I was told that Michael Eavis had stopped the screening of the film because it wasn't indicative of how his dairy farm operated. He didn't quite understand that the poor souls in the actual film did not want to be there in the first place.

"Michael Eavis also went on to justify banning the film by saying it would "upset" younger people."

Morrissey added: "Like most animal haters, Michael appears to be one of those people who love dead animals, yet hate live ones. How is this sane, or logical, or possible?"

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