Former Smiths front man Morrissey gave an online interview in which he compared eating meat to pedophilia and declared, “If I’m introduced to anyone who eats beings, I walk away.”
Morrissey, 54, told his fansite True-to-You.net that he stopped eating meat because it’s inhumane.
"If you have access to YouTube, you should click on to what is called ‘The video the meat industry doesn’t want you to see,’" the vegetarian told fans. "If this doesn’t affect you in a moral sense then you’re probably granite."
"I see no difference between eating animals and pedophilia,” he said. “They are both rape, violence, murder.”
He’s not even interested in knowing people who consume animals.
"If I’m introduced to anyone who eats beings, I walk away,” he added. “Imagine, for example, if you were in a nightclub and someone said to you, ‘Hello, I enjoy bloodshed, throat-slitting and the destruction of life.’ Well, I doubt if you’d want to exchange phone numbers."
"If you believe in the abattoir then you would support Auschwitz,” he added. “There’s no difference. People who would disagree with this statement have probably never been inside an abattoir."
As a spokesman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a signed copy of his autobiography recently raised £8300, about $13,500, for the organization. He's currently writing a novel, the details of which have not been released.
“In 2013, I published my Autobiography and it has been more successful than any record I have ever released, so, yes, I am mid-way through my novel. I have my hopes,” Morrissey said.