by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals
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Not every moment is the right one to bring up the horrors of factory farming. Sadly, no one told Morrissey that before he decided to compare the tragedy in Norway to the business practices of McDonald’s and KFC.

Morrissey said, “We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown, with 97 dead. Though that is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried shit every day.”

As proven by the comments over on the Guardian website, that tactic wasn’t the best way to get others to be sympathetic to the animal cause. Generally, dismissing the pain and suffering of people who have just been through a heinous terrorist attack in order to bring up a whole separate issue isn’t going to win you many friends. Yes, it’s true that KFC and McDonalds abuse animals by the millions for their menus, but there are better ways to bring up the issue than to tack it on to a totally unrelated atrocity.

What do you think? Did he cross the line?

Via NY Mag

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • Rat King

    I love Morrissey and I’m sorry for the Norway victims but in principle Morrissey is right! If hunting is accepted as a normal sport – as this breivik did – we have not to be astonished that one day for such people the animal hunt is not enough and they make the step to man hunt, specially when they are full with drugs! This is just the result of a complete disrespect of every form of life! Obviously people have no problems with the ill brains of hunters – so we have to get over it because it can happen tomorrow again!

    • Margarida Velhinho

      I guess you are right!!

  • LittleMe

    I think he’s definitely gone too far. PETA have made the same mistake many a time, e.g. with their ‘Holocaust on a Plate’ campaign. Upsetting and angering the public is only likely to turn people against other animal campaigners which won’t help animals at all. I hope the world do eventually view all living creatures as equal when it comes to pain and suffering but that’s a long way off. Given the atrocity in Norway happened only last week, Morrisey has been especially tactless in the comments he made. I wish he’d keep his mouth shut sometimes.


    Morrissey is more than right. McDonald’s and KFC have killed & abused more Animals, ans Humans! That’s right, Humans! McDonald’s and KFC have killed millions of Humans with their poison food.

    It’s no surprise what happened in Norway or when another Human takes another Humans life, for no reason. We as a society promote hunting, meat & eggs to be eaten, animals to be experimented on, we allow wars, and we allow the rich to exploit the poor. Until we change our ways, become vegan, and socialist, and denounce wars, only then can we ever acheive peace.

    Although it’s tragic what happened in Norway, why don’t we ever hear about the Horn of Africa, where millions are literally starving to death? Our Armies are to busy fighting wars for oil, and our media is too busy feeding us news about rich countries who have it so good, but we rarely ever hear about the poor countries who have it so bad.

    Berman and LittleMe, you two both don’t have a clue!

    • Vince

      You’re totally wrong, as I pointed out in my other comment. Comparing the killing of animals to the killing of human beings is ridiculous and insulting.


        Vince, you’re a specieist, and you’re as bad as the Norway killer. Vince, you’re a cold hearted individual with know sympathy for animals or for humans, you’re a selfish individual whose only goal is to be “right” about everything, regardless of what is actually morally right or wrong.

        You too, need to get a clue!

      • Cassandra

        Insulting to whom? Other meat-brained idiots presumably.

        Morrissey was right, as always. Accept that fact like a man and stop whining. Are all carnivores such big babies, who cannot tolerate any point of view except their own?

    • Margarida Velhinho

      I agree!!

  • herwin

    @ Earthlings + 1.
    My first reaction is that this is another typical stupid comment from a veg head. After reading his comment ten times though , it seems like a pretty normal comment, damn, he is right what he says. People shocked ? That’s a normal reaction when people are confronted with an unconvenient truth.

    • Holise Cleveland III

      “It all comes down to pain and suffering. Not intelligence, not strength, not social class or civil right. Pain and suffering are, in themselves, bad and should be prevented or minimized, irrespective of the race, sex, or species of the being that suffers.” – Joaquin Phoenix | quote from EARTHLINGS

  • Vince

    Wow, you people are nuts!, sorry, but McDonald’s and KFC don’t put a gun to anyone’s head and force him to eat their food. Evidently, you don’t believe in personal responsibility, but the fact is that fast food restaurants have never killed anyone, and the lives of animals aren’t worth the same as the lives of humans. It’s as simple as that. Furthermore, earthling, you whine about poor countries where people are starving, yet you’re opposed to allowing these people to eat meat. I’m willing to bet that all of you people who believe that the life of a chicken is worth the same as that of a human being support abortion rights, though. Such hypocrisy from the crazies on the far left! Morrissey undoubtedly owes everyone affected by what happened in Norway an apology.


      Vince, too bad you weren’t one of the dead victims in the Norway. The world would be a better place without specieist, selfish individuals like you.

      • Rat King

        hundred times thumbs up for earthlings – and to Vince: what are you doing on an eco blog???????????? Go back to your hundred year sleep!!!

  • Mira

    Morrissey is more than right!!!!

  • Shannon

    There are few bigger animal lovers than me, but let’s not get carried away analyzing his comment to sway it as though he has no compassion for Norway’s loss- as I am CERTAIN that was not the case. Come on media, there is more than enough controversy, negativity and drama in this world. Are you so desperate this the best you have to offer in your “reporting”? Berating every public comment, spinning it to overblow it’s actual intended thought? Pathetic. Articles like this are why I don’t watch the news or read the paper. Despicable reporting, at best.

  • LittleMe

    I do ‘have a clue’ actually. I’m well aware of all the terrible things that happen in the world every day to both animals and humans. My point is, pissing the world off by saying something so insensitive does absolutely nothing to help animals. People need to be educated properly and it’s a slow process. Using this sort of ‘shock tactic’ doesn’t seem to work when it comes to animal rights. I am perfectly sane and Morrisey seems to be doing his damnest to make all animal activists look like nutcases. I’d rather the world took the issue seriously.

  • Shannon

    Really? You’re adding to it by publicizing it, which is pretty hypocritical. If you’d rather he not “piss off the world” don’t contribute by further sharing the comment. You’re doing quite the opposite of what you say should happen. In addition, don’t speak for “the world” bc you’re ridiculous and skewed reporting pisses me off more than his brief comment ever could. You want positive education on the topic? Exert your efforts doing that instead of twisting someone’s intended thoughts into your trash

  • Academia Idiomas Madrid

    this man is totally wrong. People decides to go to McDonalds and they like it. Nobody likes to be killed by a crazy man.

    • Rat King

      And no chicken likes to be scalded alive!!!!

  • jade

    What happened in Norway is just horrible but it was a random event. Mcdonalds and KFC is murdering living creatures in an awful, systematic way everyday. Those who think that animal’s lives are worth less than human’s are specieists (look up speciesism). Like racisme, I hope that one day mankind will stamp out this horrible trait. Deepest sympathies to the families in Norway AND to the animal’s families alike.

  • Holise Cleveland III

    “We are all animals of this planet. We are all creatures. And nonhuman animals experience pain sensations just like we do. They too are strong, intelligent, industrious, mobile, and evolutional. They too are capable of growth and adaptation. Like us, firsthand foremost, they are earthlings. And like us, they are surviving. Like us they also seek their own comfort rather than discomfort. And like us they express degrees of emotion. In short like us, they are alive.”- Joaquin Phoenix | quote from EARTHLINGS

    “We do not need to reflect too long before we realize that all beings spontaneously look for happiness and try to avoid suffering.” – Dalai Lama

    “The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.”
    ~Alice Walker

  • Z

    Not at all…brilliant connection