Cat ladies, gentlemen, and Anglophiles, prepare to die.
PETA unveiled a new advertising campaign yesterday in its Heroes series that, for once, skips controversy. The ad centers on a few elements we can all get behind: The importance of spaying and neutering your pet, an adorable pudgy gray tabby, and, most importantly, Morrissey. More specifically, it features a pudgy gray tabby sitting on Morrissey's head, while the famously moody vegetarian looks, well, famously moody. In keeping with Moz's massive Spanish-speaking fan base, there's even a version en español.
It's clearly no surprise for even the most cursory of his fans. Meat is Murder, after all, is the title of one of his old band the Smiths' best albums, and has, this year, required his band members to wear PETA's "SeaWorld Sucks" T-shirts onstage.
But the choice of a cat rather than a dog for this campaign is intentional -- Morrissey is an avowed cat man. "I'm mystified by cats," he told New Times sister paper the LA Weekly in 2007. "I see a cat and I'm in a trance and the union begins."
Read more about Morrissey's PETA campaign, and about his 30-year-strong vegetarianism in this new interview on the PETA 2 web site. You can also go here to enter a PETA-sponsored contest to win a copy of the new, almost-$500 Smiths box set. But if you really want to get down an internet rabbit hole, check out these other musical icons who are also devoted cat men.