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[[File:Linda McCartney.png | 200px | right | thumb |Linda McCartney]]
Morrissey was awarded the "Linda McCartney Memorial Award", given by [[PETA]] in 2005.<br>
From True-To-You.net: [http://web.archive.org/web/20060417231310/http://true-to-you.net/morrissey_news_050912_01 "Morrissey receives awards from GQ and PETA"]<br>
"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.<br>
A transcript including gestures was made here [https://www.morrissey-solo.com/article.pl?sid=05/09/12/1618209 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: [http://web.archive.org/web/20051217215127/http://www.peta25.com/gala-morrissey.asp archived PETA web page] at the time.
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