Morrissey Turns Down Big Money To Maintain Canada Boycott
LATEST: Morrissey has turned down three big money offers to break his boycott on performing in Canada - because he opposes the country's annual seal cull.
The singer has previously left Canada off his world tour destinations, citing the nation's annual slaughter of 275,000 baby harp seals.
Now he has rejected the chance to perform at three summer festivals, and reiterated his determination to snub the nation.
He says, "The horror of the Canadian seal-kill is untranslatable, and, although I fully realise that highly concentrated evil exists in other countries - Japan's dolphin slaughter, Iceland's newly-revived whaling, the cat-skinning trade in Switzerland, and China with just about every injustice imaginable, there is something especially menacing about Canada's seal-kill.
"This Canadian government is happy to drag the global image of its own country down, and make it a place that people such as I couldn't bear to visit."
Morrissey was recently backed by Kasabian rocker Tom Meighan, who signed a petition created by officials at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), explaining, "I think it's just common sense really, I mean, of course I don't think it's OK to smash a baby seal's skull."