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Morrissey branded 'ignorant' by Canadian official over seal slaughter

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Apr 23, 2014 | 4:28am EDT

Leading Canadian politician Gail Shea has hit back at outspoken pop star Morrissey and branded him "ignorant" for campaigning against the country's seal fur trade. The former The Smiths frontman posted a statement on his official fan website on Saturday (19Apr14) condemning the practice and singling out Canada's Fisheries Minister Shea for special criticism.

He accused her of failing to put a stop to the nation's annual seal slaughter and suggested she should have "her head blown off" with a rifle so she could speak with "authority" on how the seals are killed. The singer also branded the seal fur industry "greedy and barbaric" and "dismaying to witness", but respected politician Shea has now hit back at the rocker, accusing him of peddling "myths" and branding his comments "ignorant and inflammatory".

In a statement issued to Canada's National Post newspaper, a spokeswoman for Shea writes, "Anyone who takes a careful look at the seal hunt will see that it is humane, sustainable, and well-regulated. In fact, the process used in the seal hunt was designed by international veterinary experts, and is the most stringent of any wild animal hunt in the world. "This is clearly just another case of a millionaire celebrity, desperate for a hobby, shamelessly regurgitating misinformation and myths that fringe animal-rights groups have been pushing for years. In the future, I would urge Mr. Morrissey to consider the impact that his ignorant and inflammatory statements have on the livelihoods of thousands of hard-working men and women in rural communities."

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