Morrissey is bankrolling Peta’s latest campaign against Fortnum & Mason selling foie gras in its London store.
The singer has contributed £10,000 to the print ad campaign from compensation he earned from Channel 4, after the broadcaster used a Smiths track without permission. In 2011, the station soundtracked a trailer for Gordon Ramsay’s Cookalong Live TV show with The Smiths’ Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want.
“With this generous gift, Morrissey is literally putting his money where his mouth is and combating cruelty to animals,” said PETA associate director Mimi Bekhechi.
“Ramsay may very well stick his head in his microwave when he hears that the money I received from Channel 4 because one of my songs was used to promote his Christmas show is being donated to PETA to fight foie gras,” added Morrissey.
“Foie gras is so cruelly produced that he’d be against it if he had an ethical bone in his body.”
Gordon Ramsay has previously been criticised by PETA for serving foie gras at his restaurant The London in New York.
A spokesman for Fortnum & Mason said: “Foie gras is sold in shops throughout the UK, and is used in many top restaurants. We do understand that it is not to some people’s taste, and we respect their right to make their feelings known.
“However, foie gras has been on sale at Fortnum’s down the centuries, and a sizeable number of our customers enjoy it. We believe they should have the freedom to choose whether to buy it or not.”