British singer and longtime animal-rights activist Morrissey has been named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals UK’s 2011 Person of the Year. Morrissey, whose former band The Smiths made waves throughout the 1980s as pioneers of England’s alternative rock scene, spent the year campaigning in support of animal welfare. Notable efforts included banning all meat products from a popular Belgian music festival on the day of his performance and distributing animal-rights pamphlets to audience members during his 2011 European tour. PETA praised the flamboyant front man for “using the limelight to shine a light on the terrible suffering that animals endure on factory farms and inside abattoirs.”
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