Published Apr 29, 2015We all know Morrissey's opinions on eating meat. The "Meat Is Murder" singer even cancelled a show in Iceland earlier this year due to the venue's alleged "cannibalistic flesh-eating bloodlust." Now, Moz has spoken out on the same topic once again, this time in an open letter to Al Gore and Kevin Wall.
Written on behalf of PETA, the letter concerns Gore and Wall's environmental event Live Earth, which aims to raise awareness about climate change through live concerts on all seven continents (centred in New York and Paris) on June 18. Morrissey argues that it's imperative that Live Earth be an entirely vegan event, since meat and dairy are critical causes of global warming.
He states that serving animal products at a climate change event "is like selling pistols at a gun-control rally," noting that animal agriculture impacts freshwater supply, deforestation, loss of biodiversity and more.
The former Smiths singer writes that, if Live Earth doesn't go vegan, it should be renamed "Dead Earth: We Contributed!" This is the only moment of snarky hyperbole in the letter, which is rather more diplomatic than most of Morrissey's statements on the topic of eating meat. At the very least, he doesn't accuse Gore and Wall of "cannibalistic flesh-eating bloodlust."
Note that Moz requires that venues he performs at adopt a vegetarian menu, but he now appears to be upping the anti by demanding that Live Earth be entirely vegan (meaning no dairy, or any other animal products).
Read the letter below [via Rolling Stone]. This comes hot on the heels of the ever-outspoken singer calling crowdfunding "desperate" and "insulting."
Dear Mr. Gore and Mr. Wall,
I am writing to ask you to do the one thing that will do the most good for the planet and the majority of its inhabitants: not serve meat or dairy products at Live Earth 2015. I don't mean offering a vegan option — I mean not serving animal products at all. Otherwise, the event will make no sense — it'll be "greenwashing." Serving meat and dairy products at an event to combat climate change is like selling pistols at a gun-control rally. Your responsibility is to alert people to a crisis, not sell out to the vendors responsible for it.
Not only is it possible for venues to provide a 100 percent meat-free menu — as is done now at every concert venue in which I perform, including Madison Square Garden, where I have a show at the end of June — it's also a moral duty.
We already know that raising animals for food is a leading cause of climate change and that moving toward a vegan diet is necessary to combat climate change's worst effects. Animal agriculture severely affects the world's freshwater supply and is a major contributor to global greenhouse-gas emissions, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and air and water pollution, among many other harmful effects.
Since you can't miss the fact that meat consumption is killing the planet — your own sponsor organization, the United Nations, states this — and since venues can and will cater vegan food for events, if you choose to serve animal flesh at Live Earth, you'll be making a mockery of the very concept of the event, in which case it should be renamed "Dead Earth: We Contributed!"
Don't be a denier of the causes of climate change. You know the facts. Make the right choice.