Lovably “unlovable” Morrissey has been named PETA’s Person of the Year for 2011. If you have been following the Moz’ activism this year, this award should come as no surprise. If you’re saying, “Morrissey WHO?,” let’s get you up to speed.
The longtime vegetarian and famed croonster brought attention to animal issues this past summer when his concert stop in Ghent, Belgium banned the sale of all meat products. Throughout his summer tour, Morrissey staffed information booths with PETA volunteers to share vegetarian starter kits with concertgoers.
In July, the outspoken songwriter raised eyebrows when he made a comparison between fast food meat production and that month’s two terrorist attacks in Norway.
Upon hearing of his award, Morrissey wrote an uncharacteristically giddy letter to PETA cofounder Ingrid Newkirk. “I am honoured beyond words to be named as PETA’s Person of the Year! Higher praise is hard to come by! I make no sensational claims for myself… I simply say ‘No’ to any form of animal suffering, and to the execution of innocent beings.”
Speaking out for the animals isn’t new for Morrissey. As lead singer of legendary 80’s band The Smiths, he penned the album Meat is Murder through which thousands of gloom rock devotees (like me) learned about the pain and suffering that animals feel during slaughter. Here’s hoping that in the future PETA considers Moz for a Lifetime Achievement award — for fans, it’s certainly a more likely event than a Smiths reunion!