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Morrissey criticises Canada over their involvement in seal hunting

Singer labels country "fashionable dead" as he hits out at cruelty to animals

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Morrissey has criticised Canada over their involvement in seal hunting.

A statement from the long time campaigner for animal rights titled 'This sorrowful Canada' was published on True-To-You on Saturday (April 19). In it, the former frontman of The Smiths labels Canada "fashionably dead" and says they will remain that way until seal hunting is abolished.

Gail Shea, the federal Fisheries Minister for Canada, is the focus of much of Morrissey's statement with the singer writing that she, "says that baby seals are 'killed humanely', and explains how the baby seals are shot by high-powered rifles. Is this a death that Gail Shea would wish for herself?"

However, Morrissey is also clear to establish it is not all Canadians he is criticising: "Canada is a beautiful country, and the people of Canada are good people. 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."

Morrissey is due to release new album 'World Peace Is None of Your Business' this summer. The singer, who released his autobiography in October 2013, has signed a new, worldwide record deal with Universal Music's US-based Harvest Records for the release of his 10th studio album.

As reported on earlier this year (February 13), Morrissey has announced two major US arena shows with very unusual support acts: veteran performers Sir Tom Jones and Sir Cliff Richard. In a statement, Morrissey said he was "honoured and thrilled" to have Jones and Richard on the bills.

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