The climate change event will take place on June 18 at various venues around the world
Morrissey has reportedly penned a letter to US politician and climate change activist Al Gore urging him to adopt a vegan menu at the upcoming Live Earth event.
Gore, who was the Democratic nominee in the 2000 US election, recently announced details of Live Earth 2015 – which will be marked by concerts in New York, South Africa, Australia, China, Brazil and Paris on June 18. Up to 100 artists will take part, including Pharrell Williams.
Now, however, the former Smiths frontman has allegedly written directly to Gore and his co-organiser Kevin Wall on behalf of PETA, stating that “serving meat and dairy products at an event to combat climate change is like selling pistols at a gun-control rally” and that it is their “moral duty” to promote a vegan diet at the event.
“If you choose to serve animal flesh at Live Earth, you’ll be making a mockery of the very concept of the event, in which case it should be renamed “Dead Earth: We Contributed!’,” Morrissey adds.
You can read the letter, obtained by Rolling Stone, in full below:
Dear Mr. Gore and Mr. Wall,
I am writing to ask you to do the one thing that will do the most good for the planet and the majority of its inhabitants: not serve meat or dairy products at Live Earth 2015. I don’t mean offering a vegan option-I mean not serving animal products at all. Otherwise, the event will make no sense-it’ll be “greenwashing.” Serving meat and dairy products at an event to combat climate change is like selling pistols at a gun-control rally. Your responsibility is to alert people to a crisis, not sell out to the vendors responsible for it.
Not only is it possible for venues to provide a 100 percent meat-free menu-as is done now at every concert venue in which I perform, including Madison Square Garden, where I have a show at the end of June-it’s also a moral duty.
We already know that raising animals for food is a leading cause of climate change and that moving toward a vegan diet is necessary to combat climate change’s worst effects. Animal agriculture severely affects the world’s freshwater supply and is a major contributor to global greenhouse-gas emissions, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and air and water pollution, among many other harmful effects.
Since you can’t miss the fact that meat consumption is killing the planet-your own sponsor organization, the United Nations, states this-and since venues can and will cater vegan food for events, if you choose to serve animal flesh at Live Earth, you’ll be making a mockery of the very concept of the event, in which case it should be renamed “Dead Earth: We Contributed!”
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Writing on fansite True To You in a post titled ‘Glastonbury Festival is not animal friendly’, the singer said Eavis censored his show at the festival back in 2011, when he wished to broadcast a video displaying ‘the evils of factory farming’ while he played ‘Meat Is Murder’.
Morrissey wrote: “I was told that Michael Eavis had stopped the screening of the film because it wasn’t indicative of how his dairy farm operated… Michael Eavis also went on to justify banning the film by saying it would “upset” younger people. What Michael Eavis was saying, in effect, was: “it’s OK for our belly, but not for our eyes … and at all costs don’t educate anyone on animal cruelty because it might damage the financial profits of our happy Glastonbury Farm.” If he had thought the film gave an incorrect view of dairy farming, he wouldn’t have cared if the film had been shown, but he banned the film because he knew the film was truth.” He adds: “Like most animal haters, Michael appears to be one of those people who love dead animals, yet hate live ones.”