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Morrissey boycotts Canada
4.53PM, Wed Mar 29 2006
Morrissey has vowed not to play in Canada in protest at the country's "barbaric and cruel" annual seal hunt.
The singer called for a boycott of Canadian goods, joining the growing list of celebrities speaking out against the cull, in which baby seals are shot or clubbed to death so their skins can be used in the fashion industry.
He said the argument that the hunt - which got under way on Saturday - was necessary because it provided work for local communities was flawed, adding that building Nazi gas chambers had also provided jobs.
Canada was currently ranked with China as the "cruellest and most self-serving nation", the outspoken former Smiths frontman added.
Earlier this month Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Heather Mills McCartney visited baby seals on the ice floes in the Gulf of St Lawrence where the hunt is now taking place, branding it "a stain on the character of the Canadian people".
Pamela Anderson has asked to meet Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to discuss the hunt.
Mr Harper has already turned down a similar request by French film legend Brigitte Bardot, who travelled to Ottawa last week to protest against the hunt.
In a statement issued via a fan site, Morrissey said: "We will not include any Canadian dates on our world tour to promote our new album.
"This is in protest against the barbaric slaughter of over 325,000 baby seals which is now under way.
"I fully realise that the absence of any Morrissey concerts in Canada is unlikely to bring the Canadian economy to its knees, but it is our small protest against this horrific slaughter - which is the largest slaughter of marine animal species found anywhere on the planet."
Mr Harper's claim that the hunt was economically and environmentally justified was untrue, he added.
And he continued: "Construction of German gas chambers also provided work for someone - this is not a moral or sound reason for allowing suffering."
"As things stand, Canada has placed itself alongside China as the cruellest and most self-serving nation."