Former members of The Smiths, Morrisey and Johnny Marr, famously parted ways in 1987, but are still united in their anti-cruelty beliefs. The two vegans have joined other stars such as Ricky Gervais and Sir David Jason to voice their support for the British League Against Cruel Sports which campaigns to end all abuse of animals in the name of sport.
Morrisey has been a long time advocate of animal rights and says on the website, “The moral climate surely tells all intelligent people that the key to the extent of any person’s humanity is in their relationship to – and protection – of animals.”
Marr adds, “Sports which involve causing injury to animals are not only cruel but unnecessary and outdated. I’m sure that given the opportunity then the majority of people would choose to outlaw it.”
Ricky Gervais, recently criticized for his hosting performance at the Golden Globe Awards, is also heavily involved in animal rights and plans to bequeath his money to animal charities when he dies. He says, “Animals are not around just for people to abuse and kill in the name of so-called entertainment and sport. It’s beyond belief that it actually happens and certain deluded people get enjoyment from it.”
The League Against Cruel Sports has campaigned since 1924 to expose the nature of cruel sports, not only in the United Kingdom but internationally. To learn more about their work, please visit their website.