25 February 2013
Morrissey is thankful for being invited to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live tomorrow, February 26. However, he cannot morally be on a television program where the cast members of Duck Dynasty will also be guests. Morrissey would be honored to play the show, if Duck Dynasty were removed.
Morrissey stated, "As far as my reputation is concerned, I can't take the risk of being on a show alongside people who, in effect, amount to animal serial killers. If Jimmy cannot dump Duck Dynasty then we must step away."
21 February 2013
Reports that the Staples Center will not be 100% vegetarian on March 1st are playfully untrue. Contractually, all McDonalds vendors shall be closed down, and the only thing burning shall be my heart.
20 February 2013
Morrissey's show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles is sold out; the night will be 100% vegetarian
1 February 2013
Morrissey's show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on March 1st has now officially sold out.
The night will be 100% vegetarian as on-site McDonalds vendors have agreed to close down for the night. This is a historic first for the Staples Center.
25 July 2012
Press release from PETA:
MORRISSEY STARS IN NEW PETA CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE ANIMAL BIRTH CONTROL
Music Legend Tackles Homeless-Animal Crisis
Los Angeles - Morrissey is wearing a unique chapeau in his new ad campaign for PETA: a rescued tabby, who's perched on Moz's head next to the words "Homeless Animals on Your Mind? Spay or Neuter Today."
"Despite the fact that they're incredibly intelligent, animals unfortunately haven't yet worked out how to slip on a rubber, which is why thousands of them are being put to sleep in overcrowded shelters and thousands more are desperately waiting to be adopted," says Morrissey. "Letting cats or dogs have litters is tantamount to shooting shelter animals in the head since it kills their chances of adoption. Please do the right thing and spay or neuter your animals."
Six to 8 million unwanted cats and dogs enter animal shelters every year in the U.S., and roughly half of them must be euthanized because there aren't enough good homes for them. Many more never make it to an animal shelter and are left to fend for themselves on the streets, where they often are subjected to cruelty, are struck by cars, or suffer from starvation, disease, and weather extremes. The solution is simple: Always spay or neuter your animal companions. Spaying one female dog can prevent 67,000 births in six years, and spaying one female cat can prevent 370,000 births in seven years.
Morrissey returns to his hometown of Manchester this week for a one-off gig on July 28 - his only performance in England in 2012 - and will tour the U.S. this fall.
The singer is part of a growing list of musicians - including Pink, Iggy Pop, Dave Navarro, Animal Collective, The Veronicas, Paul McCartney, Chester Bennington, Ke$ha, and many more - who have teamed up with PETA to help animals.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
17 May 2012
Malacañang responds to Morrissey elephant appeal, tasks experts to check on Mali
BY AMITA O. LEGASPI, GMA NEWS May 16, 2012 11:46pm
Prompted by a letter from English singer and lyricist Morrissey, Malacañang has ordered the Bureau of Animal Industry to evaluate if the Manila Zoo's 35-year old Asian elephant, Mali, should be transferred to a sanctuary.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Wednesday, "We share the concerns expressed by animal advocates who have brought up the condition of the resident pachyderm. Rest assured, the responsible agencies will be swiftly implementing the order to ensure the welfare of Mali."
Recently, Morrisey took up the cudgels for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Asia-Pacific and appealed to President Benigno Aquino III to send Mali to a sanctuary.
"On behalf of PETA Asia, I ask that you send Mali to a sanctuary, where she would have room to roam and be able to be among other members of her own species," Morrissey wrote. He expressed his belief that Mali suffers from extreme loneliness, boredom and isolation.
Originally named Vishwamali, the elephant was born in Sri Lanka in 1974. She was brought to the Manila Zoo when she was three years old, and has lived in an enclosure since then.
"Mali's enclosure at the zoo is a fraction of the size that her natural habitat would be. A sanctuary would give her the opportunity for enrichment and companionship that she has been denied for many years," wrote Morrissey.
PETA earlier said The Elephant Sanctuary in the U.S. can provide Mali vast roaming spaces, ponds to bathe in, fresh vegetation, foraging activities, and the company of other elephants.
"The facility understands and has experience with elephants like Mali. They also have a history of healing and restoring quality of life to elephants who have become debilitated by years of captivity," said PETA. — DVM/ELR, GMA News
11 January 2012
In a press release issued today - and posted on the BUAV website www.buav.org - the BUAV have announced that Morrissey has signed the BUAV No Cruel Cosmetics petition in support of the BUAV campaign to end animal testing for new cosmetics sold in the European Union.
Morrissey said: "Say no to injecting, force-feeding or forcing animals to inhale substances for a new lipstick or shampoo. Please join me in signing the BUAV No Cruel Cosmetics petition to stop the sale of new animal tested cosmetics in the EU."
The BUAV Chief Executive, Michelle Thew, stated: "We are delighted that Morrissey is helping the BUAV save animals from suffering and death in tests for cosmetics products sold in the EU. Please join him to help us end this cruelty. Add your name to the BUAV petition at www.NoCruelCosmetics.org today."
28 December 2011
Morrissey is the PETA UK Person of the Year.
In a statement announcing the honor on the PETA UK website, the animal rights organization praises Morrissey "for helping to make the world a kinder place for animals" through his promotion of animal rights and vegetarianism.
For more information, please see Morrissey Named PETA's Person of the Year 2011
30 November 2011
Morrissey is one of the 20 Famous Vegetarians featured in a U.S. postage stamp series produced by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
PETA states: "The collector's sheet honors some of the world's most dynamic people throughout history who went vegetarian out of concern for animals, their health, or the environment ... Morrissey even called The Smiths' 1985 album Meat Is Murder — and he's still playing the title track live on his current U.S. tour."
Morrissey says: "I am delighted beyond words to be a PETA postage stamp. The rise and rise of PETA is the rise of common sense in modern society. Join the aims of PETA and join a better world."
For more information, and to order the postage stamps, please see http://www.peta.org/features/famous-vegetarian-postage-stamp-series.aspx