Morrissey has been ‘brainwashed’ says Canada’s fisheries minister

Gail Shea hits back at Morrissey’s latest animal rights rant

Canada’s fisheries minister says Morrissey has been “brainwashed” over his latest rant – this time of an annual seal hunt.

Gail Shea has defended his recent allegations of animal cruelty, stating that they stem from "decades of propaganda from fringe animal rights groups and radical environmentalists." She describes the hunt as “well-regulated”, targeted at "a plentiful and sustainable resource".

“The British singer Morrissey is the latest addition to the train of celebrities looking for a popularity boost from attacking the livelihoods of people who live off the bounty of the land instead of living off record sales or TV ratings,” Shea told Canada.com.

“Sealing is an essential income boost for many families in rural coastal communities, making up 35 percent of their yearly income. Seals are a plentiful and sustainable resource, with over recent estimates putting the harp seal population at about 7.4 million!”

Morrissey  - a devout animal rights campaigner - released his most recent tirade last week on his blog, with a post dramatically titled This Sorrowful Canada. He described how the country’s seal-killing meant that “Canada itself is regrettably fashionably dead”.

“Canada is a beautiful country, and the people of Canada are good people,” he wrote. “But good people are often ineffectual. Internationally, Canada's sorry image is due entirely to its seal slaughter - which is greedy and barbaric, and it is dismaying to witness such ignorance in 2014. Sound reason tells us that only those of the thinnest intellect wear animal fur, and because the Canadian government are concerned with animals only economically, killing baby seals with lightning brutality is now Canada's primary global image. Until this annual massacre is abolished, Canada itself is regrettably fashionably dead.”

You can expect to hear plenty more of Morrissey’s theatrical and miserly views on the planet when he releases his forthcoming album, World Peace Is None Of Your Business, in July.

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