Morrissey is having a cat fight with the Australian government.
The singer, author and outspoken animal rights activist has seized upon Canberra’s controversial plans to cull two million feral felines by year 2020.
The proposal for solving the feral cat problem — by baiting, shooting or poisoning — has been pitched by the country’s environment minister to help protect Australia’s native mammal and bird populations. Try get that past Moz.
The former Smiths frontman has let Australia’s leaders know his mind in a brief, but perfectly-formed blast in which he describes the “unimaginable and lengthy horror” of the act of poisoning, blasts its unpopular prime minister and team, and draws a parallel with the unfortunate killing of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe.
“We all know that the idiots rule the Earth, but this is taking idiocy just too far,” Moz says on the True To You Website. “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…”
Morrissey, whose first novel List of the Lost will be available from Sept. 24 in the U.K., New Zealand and Australia, gave a memorable spray to Glastonbury Festival founder and dairy farmer Michael Eavis last year, who he defined as an “animal hater.”
In other news, Morrissey has announced a string of South America tour dates ahead of Christmas. Thousands of fans in the region missed out in 2013 when the British artist canceled shows due to medical issues ranging from Barrett’s Esophogus to food poisoning.
Morrissey’s South America concert dates:
Nov. 11 — Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile
Nov. 17 — Teatro Renault, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Nov. 21 — Citibank Hall, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Nov. 25 — Citibank Hall, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nov. 29 — Net Live, Brasilia, Brazil
Dec. 9 — Teatro Opera Allianz, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dec. 17 — Teatro de Verano, Montevideo, Uruguay
Dec. 19 — Parque de la Exposición, Lima, Peru