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Morrissey Commemorates the Animal Victims of War

Posted 6 November 2009

Vegetarian singer Morrissey commemorated the animal victims of war last night by wearing Animal Aid’s purple poppy while performing onstage at Alexandra Park. The singer told his audience: 'This is for all the animals who have died in human conflict.'

Historically, animals have been used as messengers, for detection, scouting and rescue, as beasts of burden and on the frontline. In more recent times, scientists have wired electrodes into the brains of rats to harness their keen sense of smell, and the armed forces have trained dolphins and seals to detect both mines and intruders below the waves.

Animal Aid campaigns against the use of animals in weapons testing. Sheep, goats, pigs, mice, rats, guinea pigs, monkeys, dogs and cats have all been used to test the killing power of biological and chemical weapons and the effectiveness of their antidotes. More than 21,000 animals were subjected to warfare experiments at the Ministry of Defence laboratory at Porton Down, Wiltshire in 2005.

Says Animal Aid Head of Campaigns, Kate Fowler:

'Morrissey has long been a champion of the animals and we thank him for drawing attention to all those animals who have suffered and died in conflicts not of their making. Remembering them is the least we can do.’

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