Morrissey requests meat-free venue

British singer Morrissey has convinced a Los Angeles concert venue to not sell meat at food outlets during his performance next month.

British singer Morrissey has convinced a Los Angeles concert venue to not sell meat at food outlets during his performance next month.

Wed, Feb 20, 2013, 00:00

British singer Morrissey has convinced a Los Angeles concert venue to not sell meat at food outlets during his performance next month.

The longtime animal rights activist and former singer with The Smiths urged the Staples Center arena to shutter the concession stands of fast food chain McDonald's and to halt the sale of meat by other outlets at the venue for his March 1st performance.

"We respect Morrissey's lifestyle and his concern for the wishes of so many of his fans and are happy that we are able to honor his requests in this manner," Lee Zeidman, the arena's general manager, said in a statement  yesterday.

Staples Center operator Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) said the arena will also roll out a special line of meatless food concessions, including vegan sloppy Joes, vegan sushi, and hummus and pita bread.

"I don't look upon it as a victory for me, but a victory for the animals," the singer said earlier this week.

AEG and its promoter subsidiary Goldenvoice will donate a portion of ticket sales from the show to the animal rights group PETA, Morrissey said.

Morrissey (53) who co-wrote The Smiths' 1985 song Meat Is Murder, postponed a series of concerts on his North America tour last month after being hospitalised for a bleeding ulcer.

Reuters

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