Morrissey Explains Animal Rights Song 'The Bullfighter Dies'

"Since those who control such barbarity have no interest in the welfare of the bull, then we can only approach the subject...when the bullfight does not go the bullfighter's way."

Morrissey performs
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Morrissey performs in Glastonbury, England.
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Morrissey has never hidden his derision for eating meat, whether penning the Smiths' 1985 animal-rights dirge "Meat Is Murder" or leaving the Coachella stage because he could "smell burning flesh, and I hope to God it's human." Accordingly, his just-released record, World Peace Is None of Your Business, he includes a track about crowd cheering on a bull killing a matador. "'The Bullfighter Dies' is a shout-out for the total abolition of the living horror of bullfighting," Morrissey explained in an interview with PETA. "And since those who control such barbarity have no interest in the welfare of the bull, then we can only approach the subject by stressing how the overwhelming majority do not have any sympathy when the bullfight does not go the bullfighter's way."

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Elsewhere in his chat with the organization, the singer beamed that he had been aligned with PETA for three decades and he reinforced his stake in its mission. "Violence is built very solidly into our society, and it is nowhere more prevalent than the despair of factory farming and the slaughterhouse – both monuments to human selfishness, and both suspiciously barred to public scrutiny," Morrissey said. "Although many people are certain that humans can do whatever they like to other living beings, many people do not feel this way — and here we are."

Earlier this year, Morrissey engaged in a war of words with the Federal Fisheries Minister of Canada, Gail Shea. In a missive on his semi-official website, True to You, the singer declared the country "fashionably dead" due to its policy to allow the hunting of baby seals. Shea's spokesperson fired back, calling Morrissey ignorant. And the vocalist, in turn, likened Canada's seal hunt to Nazi Germany. "Murder is not debatable," he wrote.

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