Morrissey has responded to a Canadian politician’s claim that he is “ignorant” about the country’s seal-hunting policies in a new post comparing seal hunts to Nazi Germany. Previously, he had issued a screed declaring the country “fashionably dead,” because of those practices. On Wednesday, Sophie Doucet, a representative for federal fisheries minister Gail Shea, issued a statement claiming that Morrissey should consider the livelihoods of hard-working Canadians in rural communities. In his latest missive, which was posted to the Morrissey zine True to You, he called Shea “slightly desperate” and had strong words for Doucet.
“I should remind Sophie Doucet that building and maintaining the concentration camps of Auschwitz also provided livelihoods, but this hardly made the camps warranted,” he wrote. “Let it also be added that the vast financial benefits of the seal slaughter are not directly intended for those hard-working men and women in rural communities, who, in fact, are merely used by the Fisheries Minister to do the messy task of searing flesh.”
The singer also scoffed at Doucet’s claim that “Canada’s carnival of death” was a case of a millionaire celeb looking for a hobby. “I can assure Sophie Doucet that I know more about the seal hunt than I wish to know, and only by suppression of humanity could anyone look away and not care,” he wrote. “Also, whether a challenge comes from a millionaire or from someone who is homeless is a remark that would only be made by someone of imperious ignorance, who cannot develop the moral debate, and whose own personal financial agenda comes before the lives of thousands of healthy beings.”
Morrissey urged Canadian citizens to speak out against Shea’s agenda in order to restore their country’s global reputation. “Murder is not debatable,” he wrote. He also reiterated strong words for Shea, whom he alleges has lost sight of the differences between right and wrong in her “impossibly constricted mania” for profit “at any price.”
“In Western culture, there is no acceptance of the Canadian seal slaughter, and simply because someone bears the badge of Minister does not insulate them from being a disreputable thug,” he wrote.
Earlier this week, Morrissey wrote a missive in which he called out Shea and the way Canadian seal hunters’ use high-powered rifles to hunt their prey. “Is this a death that Gail Shea would wish for herself?” he wrote. “Would it make her happy to be shot by a high-powered rifle? . . . Only then could she be thought to speak with any authority on the subject.”
In other Morrissey news, the singer will put out his first record since 2009’s Years of Refusal – titled World Peace Is None of Your Business – in July. He has also begun work on his debut novel, following the success of his Autobiography last year.