If you're from the great nation of Canada, you're probably a little bit irritated that Morrissey hasn't played there since 2006. It's because he's protesting their annual seal hunt, which he explains further on his latest blog post over at True To You. Moz wrote that "Canada's sorry image is due entirely to its seal slaughter—which is greedy and barbaric," adding that "sound reason tells us that only those of the thinnest intellect wear animal fur." He also believes that Canada is "regrettably fashionably dead."

He also challenged Gail Shea, the Canadian Fisheries Minister, on her claims that the seals are killed humanely. "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." A spokesperson for Shea has responded to Morrissey's claims, in which she calls him ignorant. The statement can be read below:

Anyone who takes a careful look at the seal hunt will see that it is humane, sustainable, and well-regulated. In fact, the process used in the seal hunt was designed by international veterinary experts, and is the most stringent of any wild animal hunt in the world.

This is clearly just another case of a millionaire celebrity, desperate for a hobby, shamelessly regurgitating misinformation and myths that fringe animal-rights groups have been pushing for years. In the future, 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.