SEATTLE, WA - MARCH 06: Morrissey performs at The Moore Theater on March 6, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Mat Haywa
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While American carnivores prepare their electric knives and Thanksgiving turkey feasts, former Smiths frontman and outspoken animal advocate Morrissey penned an open letter to Barack Obama excoriating the president over the annual tradition of "pardoning" a Thanksgiving turkey. 

In a letter entitled "Thankskilling," the singer calls Obama an "abysmal example" and calls the pardon "open support for a viciously cruel and environmentally irresponsible industry." Moz goes on to detail the effects of the meat industry on greenhouse gas emissions and alleges that 45 million turkeys are abused annually. The turkey pardon began in 1989 under George H.W. Bush.

Read the full letter below:

Please ignore the abysmal example set by President Obama who, in the name of Thanksgiving, supports torture as 45 million birds are horrifically abused; dragged through electrified stun baths, and then have their throats slit.

And President Obama laughs. Haha, so funny!

As Ingrid Newkirk from PETA points out, turkey 'meat' is one of "our nation's top killers", causing heart-attacks and strokes in humans due to saturated animal fats and cholesterol. And President Obama laughs.

Further, the meat industry is responsible for 51% of human-caused greenhouse-gas emission, therefore the embarrassingly stupid White House 'turkey pardon' is open support for a viciously cruel and environmentally irresponsible industry.

And President Obama laughs.

MORRISSEY
26 November 2013