Morrissey hit out at Canada earlier this week over its seal hunting practices, comments which the Canadian government responded to and now the singer and Canada are engaged in something of an odd feud.
Writing on his ‘True To You‘ fansite, Morrissey said: “Gail Shea, the federal Fisheries Minister for Canada, says that baby seals are “killed humanely”, and explains how the baby seals are shot by high-powered rifles.
“Is this a death that Gail Shea would wish for herself? Would it make her happy to be shot by a high-powered rifle? If she considers such butchery to be so “humane”, why doesn’t she place herself amongst the tens of thousands of grey-coated harp seals that will be slaughtered within the next few weeks? She could then test the humane aspect of having her head blown off for herself. Only then could she be thought to speak with any authority on the subject.”
Canada’s Gail Shea then personally responded to Morrissey’s remarks, saying: “The British singer Morrissey is the latest addition to the train of celebrities looking for a popularity boost from attacking the livelihoods of people who live off the bounty of the land instead of living off record sales or TV ratings.
“I would urge Mr Morrissey to consider the impact that his ignorant and inflammatory statements have on the livelihoods of thousands of hard-working men and women in rural communities.”
However, not one to back down from a disagreement, Morrissey penned a response of his own, replying: “In Western culture, there is no acceptance of the Canadian seal slaughter, and simply because someone bears the badge of Minister does not insulate them from being a disreputable thug.
“Murder is not debatable, and the people of Canada must speak up and stop this carnage in order to restore the global image of their country.”
Morrissey did have some nice words to say about Canada, though, branding it a “beautiful country”.
Morrissey’s new album World Peace is None of Your Business is set to release this Summer.