Australian Government Responds to Morrissey's Criticism of Feral Cat Killing

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Morrissey performs at FYF at the LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park on August 23, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

On Aug. 28, Morrissey wrote a scathing post on his website True to You criticizing the Australian government’s decision to exterminate two million feral cats. Aussie threatened species commissioner Gregory Andrews has responded to the cantankerous singer with a fact-based rebuttal and a polite “you don’t know me.”

“I would like to commend you for your commitment to, and advocacy for, animals and their welfare.” Andrews began, according to the Guardian. “However, that feral cats are an invasive species responsible for the extinction of at least 27 Australian mammals.” 

"The threat to our wildlife are clear and feral cats are top of the list,” he continued, referencing the approximate 20 million rogue felines on the island continent. “We don’t hate cats but we don’t have a choice. We will do this as humanely as possible and we will reduce the net suffering of animals in Australia." 

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Here is Morrissey’s original post, in which he compares the cats to “smaller versions of Cecil the Lion” and quotes his own “Everyday Is Like Sunday,” calling for a nuclear bomb. 

We all know that the idiots rule the Earth, but this is taking idiocy just too far. The cats (who keep the rodent population under control) will be killed in a ferocious manner, using Compound 10/80, which is a gut-wrenching poison of the most unimaginable and lengthy horror. The people of Australia would never agree to this - but of course they will not be consulted, because the Australian government as ruled by Tony Abbott is essentially a committee of sheep-farmers who have zero concerns about animal welfare or animal respect. The cats are, in fact, 2 million smaller versions of Cecil The Lion. All I can say is ... come, come, nuclear bomb ... 

But Andrews believes Morrissey (along with actress Brigitte Bardot, a fellow opponent) are out of touch with Australian issues:

"I sleep very well at night knowing what we are doing. Australians support this. Brigitte Bardot and Morrissey have a lack of understanding of Australia and what we are losing. They aren’t Australians, they aren’t experiencing the extinction crisis we have here."