Morrissey is a proud vegetarian and he has no problem taking the moral high ground on the issue.

The former singer of The Smiths has made controversial comments on the subject before and he has done it again.  In a online Q&A on fansite True To You, Morrissey took his rhetoric to a new level.

A fan asked the singer what motivated him to stop eating meat for good.

Morrissey replied:

"If you have access to You Tube, you should click on to what is called The video the meat industry doesn't want you to see. If this doesn't affect you in a moral sense then you're probably granite. I see no difference between eating animals and paedophilia (British spelling of pedophilia). They are both rape, violence, murder. If I'm introduced to anyone who eats beings, I walk away. 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."

The singer is referring to this video.

Later in the same Q&A, Morrissey said he was most proud of convincing fans to give up meat:

"Many people have told me that they stopped eating flesh because of something I said. I can't ask higher than that, and I wouldn't aim for higher than that. If you believe in the abattoir (slaugherhouse) then you would support Auschwitz. There's no difference. People who would disagree with this statement have probably never been inside an abattoir."

This is not the first time he has taken an extreme stance on the subject.  He has previously said that terrorist attacks were nothing compared to what happens at fast food restaurants.