Morrissey cancels concert in latest meat protest

Former The Smiths frontman and vegetarian, Morrissey, has cancelled a concert in Iceland after the venue refused to not sell meat on the evening.

Morrissey was set to play at the Harpa Concert Hall in the capital Reykjavik, but cancelled the date as it would not adhere to his requirements.

“I love Iceland and I have waited a long time to return, but I shall leave the Harpa Concert Hall to their cannibalistic flesh-eating bloodlust...” Morrissey wrote on his website, True To You.

The frontman is well-known for his animal welfare activism and strong views on the meat industry. Last year Morrissey likened meat eating to paedophilia. Speaking in a Q&A session on his fan website, the singer said: “I see no difference between eating animals and paedophilia. They are both rape, violence, murder. If I’m introduced to anyone who eats beings, I walk away.”

This is not the first time Morrissey has refused to play; the singer walked off stage at the 2009 Coachella festival in California after complaining he could smell “burning flesh” from the backstage barbecue.

Morrissey is set to play six UK dates in March. The Scotsman has reported the Glasgow SSE Hydro venue will go ‘meat-free’ for the evening of the concert.

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