The former The Smiths star has hit out at the U.S. leader's administration ahead of the annual festivities on Thursday (28Nov13), slamming White House staff as "embarrassingly stupid" for holding a 'turkey pardon' when one bird is spared death on the President's orders.
In a statement, Morrissey writes, "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!...
"Further, the meat industry is responsible for 51 per cent 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."
Traditional Thanksgiving celebrations in the U.S. include a meal of roast turkey.