Morrissey

How Morrissey helped turn vegetarianism into a mainstream movement in the UK.
Last Updated: September 6, 2014

Perhaps the most outspoken vegan of all time, Morrissey is a British singer and songwriter who never misses an opportunity to speak up for animals. His rise to fame began in the 1980s as the lead singer for the alternative-rock band The Smiths, and he continues to attract tremendous attention today as a solo artist.

Morrissey’s mother was vegetarian, and it was from her influence that he became vegetarian at the age of eleven or twelve. Always a lightning rod for media controversy, Morrissey has a knack for stridently expressing his beliefs about animal rights. In 1985 The Smiths released “Meat is Murder,” which became the number 1 album in the U.K. and influenced countless fans to go vegetarian.

As someone who promotes animal rights at every turn, Morrissey has been known to forbid his band members from being photographed eating meat. He also insists that his tour venues serve no meat on the nights he performs.

A long time PETA supporter, Morrissey has starred in PETA ads and has had his bandmates perform shows outfitted in PETA T-shirts. In 2014, he partnered with PETA on an animated video about factory farmed hens that he featured on his nationwide tour.