Morrissey has sent an open letter, on behalf of PETA, to the head of Uniqlo regarding their use of wool in some products that has been obtained from sheep that have been victim of a method called 'mulesing'. The former Smiths man has taken to his (not tested on animals) soap box to challenge the high street chain’s use of the wool farmed in Australia using the inhumane method to stop a maggot infestations known as 'flystrike'.

In his letter Morrissey goes into detail about the procedure: "shears are used to cut huge chunks of skin and flesh from lambs’ backsides with little to no painkillers. The idea is to create a smooth scar that will not collect urine and faeces, which attract flies, but the gaping, bloody wounds often become infested with maggots before they have time to heal," says the singer. "Moreover, humane options do exist, and a number of Australian wool farmers have already stopped mulesing and instead have simply improved their husbandry practices, including crutching and jetting more frequently, closely monitoring sheep during fly season and breeding bare-breech sheep."

The letter does threaten some new material: "Years ago, I wrote a song called 'Meat Is Murder' and today I’m tempted to write a follow-up called 'Mulesing Is Misery'."

While that of course is tongue in cheek, there is of course no doubting Morrissey’s seriousness on the subject, I mean, just look at the size of that signature he signs the letter off with!