Morrissey, singer/songwriter and very out-spoken animal rights advocate, has put the entire country of China on blast due to his personal beliefs about their stance on animal rights. According to Moz, the country’s uncaring attitude about animals makes them a “subspecies” of the human race!
Morrissey has described the Chinese people as a “subspecies” because of the nation’s track record of animal welfare. The former Smiths singer, an advocate of animal rights and a vegetarian, made the comment to the Guardian, describing the population’s attitude to animal rights as “horrific”. “Did you see the thing on the news about their treatment of animals and animal welfare?” he said. “Absolutely horrific. You can’t help but feel that the Chinese are a subspecies.” The singer also said that the writing process for his forthcoming autobiography is “almost concluded”. Last month Morrissey wrote a letter to The Times newspaper urging the Queen to stop British Army Guards wearing real fur.
Now, I can appreciate that Morrissey has strong beliefs about the rights and welfare of animals but I think it’s a bit shortsighted an only slightly outrageous to classify ALL the people of China as a “subspecies”. I get that he is trying to make a bold statement but to make such a scathing judgment on billions of people like this is a bit … silly. I love me some Moz but I wish he would tone down this sort of rhetoric a bit … especially if he is trying to affect positive change in the rights of animals. This kind of talk doesn’t just dilute his argument, it totally invalidates it.