When you have an album called “Meat is Murder,” you may have an opinion or two about the consumption of animal products. Just a hunch.
He’s not one for mincing words
Actually, it’s a bit more than a hunch, since the crooner behind that album is none other than Morrissey and he’s been anything about quiet when it comes to his passion for animal rights and veganism. Famously working alongside various animal rights groups and speaking up about the cruelty of factory farming every chance he gets, Morrissey’s new way to promote his activism revolves around food. Lots and lots of food.
He’s now requesting that venues in which he plays serve only vegan fare to concert goers and New York City’s Madison Square Garden is complying with the request. While they’ve declined to formally comment yet, so it’s unknown just how this request will be carried out, it’s likely that some establishments who focus their menus heavily on meat and dairy will simply close for the night of the show.
Don’t ask where the beef is. Just, don’t.
One such vendor is The Daily Burger, though owner Drew Nieporent is perfectly fine with Morrissey and The Garden’s choice. “This is the first time I’m hearing about it, but I love my man, Morrissey. He’s a wonderful artist, so I wouldn’t mind. He can do whatever he wants.” So what’s he going to do if he ends up shutting down for the night? Nieporent quips, “We’ll just go and enjoy the music.”
This isn’t the first venue that Morrissey has asked to stop meat service for the duration of his show. He nearly cancelled an appearance at The Staples Center in Los Angeles in 2013 when his request to indulge in a night of all veg vittles was denied. The arena eventually came to a comprise with the former Smiths lead singer by agreeing to shutter all of the McDonalds restaurants and expand vegetarian options for the night.
This arena in Glasgow, Scotland embraced his request too.
Most recently, the artist also sent off a pretty sternly worded letter (read: epic) to Live Earth co-founders Al Gore and Kevin Wall for serving meat at their upcoming concerts to benefit climate change awareness. “Serving meat and dairy products at an event to combat climate change is like selling pistols at a gun-control rally,” he wrote. You know, he has a point.
Whatever your opinion is of Morrissey’s decision to extend his activism to the arenas he plays, you can’t deny the guy has conviction. His vegan fans will enjoy the novelty of an entirely animal-free event (seriously, this has got to be a total first) while his omnivorous fans might just come to know the love and gentle touch of a new lover…falafel.
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