In an interview with Guardian Weekend, Morrissey made an on-the-record remark about China, calling its treatment of animals "horriffic" and its people "a subspecies":
Did you see the thing on the news about their treatment of animals and animal welfare? Absolutely horrific. You can't help but feel that the Chinese are a subspecies.
The longtime animal rights activist was always very vocal about his views and never shied away from public disapproval. There was the seminal 1985 Smiths album Meat is Murder. He was the first person to sample the slaughter of animals in a song (a first of sorts). According to The Guardian, he walked offstage during a performance last year because he smelled cooking meat.
In 2007, he made a large money donation to Music Love Hate Racism after making anti-immigration remarks in NME, and mentioned in Q magazine that black and white people will probably never get along. He's also been accused of using racist imagery in several of his songs.
Whether he meant the "subspecies" comment or not ( I think he did), a spokeperson for Music Love Hate Racism makes a good point:
'It really is just crude racism,' said Martin Smith. 'When you start using language like 'subspecies', you are entering into dark and murky water. I don't think we would, or could, ask him to come back after that.'