Press release from PETA: Morrissey stars in new PETA campaign to promote animal birth control

25 July 2012

Press release from PETA:

MORRISSEY STARS IN NEW PETA CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE ANIMAL BIRTH CONTROL

Music Legend Tackles Homeless-Animal Crisis

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Los Angeles - Morrissey is wearing a unique chapeau in his new ad campaign for PETA: a rescued tabby, who's perched on Moz's head next to the words "Homeless Animals on Your Mind? Spay or Neuter Today."

"Despite the fact that they're incredibly intelligent, animals unfortunately haven't yet worked out how to slip on a rubber, which is why thousands of them are being put to sleep in overcrowded shelters and thousands more are desperately waiting to be adopted," says Morrissey. "Letting cats or dogs have litters is tantamount to shooting shelter animals in the head since it kills their chances of adoption. Please do the right thing and spay or neuter your animals."

Six to 8 million unwanted cats and dogs enter animal shelters every year in the U.S., and roughly half of them must be euthanized because there aren't enough good homes for them. Many more never make it to an animal shelter and are left to fend for themselves on the streets, where they often are subjected to cruelty, are struck by cars, or suffer from starvation, disease, and weather extremes. The solution is simple: Always spay or neuter your animal companions. Spaying one female dog can prevent 67,000 births in six years, and spaying one female cat can prevent 370,000 births in seven years.

Morrissey returns to his hometown of Manchester this week for a one-off gig on July 28 - his only performance in England in 2012 - and will tour the U.S. this fall.

The singer is part of a growing list of musicians - including Pink, Iggy Pop, Dave Navarro, Animal Collective, The Veronicas, Paul McCartney, Chester Bennington, Ke$ha, and many more - who have teamed up with PETA to help animals.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.