Published Mar 04, 2016After recently getting into a public spat with Supreme over a photo campaign, Morrissey is apparently ready to put up a fight as a potential mayoral candidate in London. The UK singer is reportedly considering an invitation to run this spring as a candidate for the Animal Welfare Party.
As fan site True to You reports, Morrissey was invited by the party to consider running as a candidate. He would need 330 signatures of support to do so before entering the election campaign. The election itself will be held May 5.
A statement Morrissey gave to True to You suggests he is, at the every least, thinking about how animal rights should affect politics. A noted activist, Morrissey explained that a political dialogue needs to be started in regards to the ties between animal welfare, slaughterhouses, the meat industry, and climate change.
"The meat industry, after all, shows no compassion towards the planet, towards climate change, towards animals, towards human health," he wrote. "It is diabolically contrived and is the world's number one problem. It is also the number one issue stifled from any political debate, which, if anything, highlights its importance."
Morrissey's position on animal rights has been well-known for decades, from the lyrics to early Smiths' songs like "Meat is Murder," to his work with PETA, to a continued Canadian concert boycott over the seal hunt.
Fittingly, the potential Animal Welfare Candidate semi-recently proclaimed on World Peace is None of Your Business cut "Earth is the Loneliest Planet": "humans are not really very humane."
Whether or not Morrissey will officially enter the race and become a candidate is unclear, but you'll find his statement in full below:
Animal welfare groups cannot persist simply in order to continue to persist. There must be a governmental voice against the hellish and archaic social injustice allotted to animals in the United Kingdom simply because those animals do not speak English, otherwise millions of very caring citizens are greatly concerned about issues that no one is able to do anything about. What animal protectionists need to say is very well worth saying and well worth hearing. But we cannot just sit around waiting for establishment enlightenment. The sanctimonious disaster of animal agriculture cannot be allowed to go on forever, because its widespread impact is hellish. Animals in dairy farms and abattoirs are very eager not to die, yet their bodies are torn apart whilst still alive as they are strapped beneath a blade. No outcome can justify this, and we cannot be happy with a society that allows it to happen, because such a society without compassion goes nowhere. The abattoir is the modern continuation of the Nazi concentration camp, and if you are a part of the milk-drinking population, then you condone systems of torture. There is no such thing as humane slaughter, and if you believe that there is, then why not experience it for yourself? If animal serial killer Jamie Oliver feels so passionate about including 'kid meat' (young goat) into the human diet, would he consider putting forth one of his own kids (children) for general consumption? If not, why not? What makes such people have absolutely no forgiveness towards animals? What hate drives them? The meat industry, after all, shows no compassion towards the planet, towards climate change, towards animals, towards human health. It is diabolically contrived and is the world's number one problem. It is also the number one issue stifled from any political debate, which, if anything, highlights its importance. The slaughterhouse effectively means that none of us are safe. Just investigate the appalling effects of meat production on our climate, environment, fields, forests, lakes, streams, seas, air and space. Your eyes will pop. No bigger global disaster could possibly be devised. Social justice for animals is not much to demand, because we are only asking humans to think rationally and with heart, even if being unable to hunt foxes and shoot birds would leave the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha family with nothing else to do.