"On the 10th of September, on the occasion of PETA’s 25th Anniversary Gala and Humanitarian Awards Show, Morrissey was honored with the Linda McCartney Memorial Award. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), the largest animal rights organization in the world, gave Morrissey the award "as a result of all of his hard work for animals." PETA praised "Morrissey's good deeds" — such as the release of the Smiths album Meat Is Murder and its powerful title track in 1985 (a live version of the song was included on the Animal Liberation compilation, a 1987 benefit album for PETA); Morrissey's active support for PETA campaigns in 2002 and 2004; and the inclusion of PETA's "Meet Your Meat" documentary video on the U.S. DVD of Morrissey's Who Put The 'M' in Manchester? in 2005. In an acceptance speech filmed in Rome, where he is making his new album, Morrissey said:
"PETA is changing the world. Twenty-five years old. Onward, onward. It's all fantastic. And I'm so proud to have the award.""
Morrissey was not present at the awards, but sent an acceptance speech. The video of which is no longer available.
A transcript including gestures was made here Morrissey's taped acceptance speech at PETA's 25th Anniversary Gala (Sep. 10) online
"well, hello to everybody, I'm sorry I'm not there I'm in Rome, *smiles* making a new album, *cup-like gestures* but very very pleased to have this award, the Linda McCartney award
*looks up* Linda and I were great friends, well pen pals really *pen gesture downwards* for three years, and I never actually met her, but she was a, wonderful person, so I'm very very honored to have the award *hand thrust downwards* and I'd like to say hello to, Dan Matthews, *wave thrust outwards* to hello to Ingrid, uh two of my heroes
and um, it's a great honor, *wave thrust outwards* PETA is changing the world, 25 years old, onward onward, it's all fantastic, and I'm so proud to have the award, *left side wave* so have a good time, thank you, *right side wave* *mwuah* ciao"
See also: archived PETA web page at the time.
Linda Louise McCartney, Lady McCartney (née Eastman; September 24, 1941 – April 17, 1998) was an American photographer, musician, animal rights activist, vegetarian cookbook author and advocate, and entrepreneur. She was the keyboardist in the band Wings, which also featured her husband, Paul McCartney of the Beatles. Beginning in the mid-1960s, Linda began a career as a photographer, landing with Town & Country, where she soon gained assignments to photograph various musicians and entertainers. By the late 1960s, she was a regular fixture at the Fillmore East, a New York concert venue, where she became the unofficial house photographer capturing numerous performances at the legendary club, and was the first woman to have a photograph on the cover of the influential music journal Rolling Stone. Her photographs were displayed in galleries and museums such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, and were collected in several books. Linda had been learning to play keyboards from her husband, and after the 1970 breakup of the Beatles, Paul and Linda recorded the album Ram together, and they formed the band Wings in 1971. She continued to play alongside Paul following Wings' breakup in 1981 up until The New World Tour in 1993. She was a vocal animal rights activist and wrote and published several vegetarian cookbooks. She also founded the vegetarian Linda McCartney Foods company with her husband. In 1995, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and died from the disease three years later at the age of 56.