Morrissey to hold pop-up shop at animal shelter
Morrissey is set to launch a pop-up shop at an animal rescue centre in New York City later this month.
The 57-year-old former Smiths singer has decided to sell various T-shirts, pillow cases and posters from his MPORIUM store at Sugar Mutts Rescue - a dog adoption centre - in Brooklyn on September 24 and 25 in a bid to raise funds for the non-profit organisation.
Taking to his Facebook account, he wrote in a post: "Morrissey's pop up MPORIUM store will be coming to New York for the first time later this month.
"The shop, which will be based at Sugar Mutts, Brooklyn, NY will run on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September, around Morrissey's sold out show at The Kings Theatre, Brooklyn, NY.
"Sugar Mutts Rescue Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3)/non-profit, foster based rescue group founded by animal lover Amy Marciano based on the firm belief that all dogs are created equally.
"Their dogs are rescued directly from high-kill shelters, whether it be Animal Care & Control in New York or various shelters where thousands are euthanised every year due to lack of resources and lack of space.
"As well as exclusive limited edition tee shirt designs there will be 100 limited edition bundles consisting of a numbered poster, pillowcase and pen. Morrissey will sign one of these posters and everyone purchasing a bundle will be entered into a draw to win the signed poster. A fee and % profit will go to Sugar Mutts. (sic)"
Animal cruelty is a subject close to the 'Every Day is Like Sunday' hitmaker's heart and he's been a long supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
At the organisation's 25th anniversary gala in 2005, Morrissey - who after living as vegetarian for over 30 years is now a vegan -was honoured with the Linda McCartney Memorial Award in recognition of his support for the group.
Morrissey has also included his views on animal cruelty in his music as he abandoned his concert dates in Canada in 2006 in protest against the country's annual seal hunt.
He also refused to perform on the main stage at Coachella Festival in 2009 because he was placed next to the food area and the smell of "burning animals" made him feel sick.
Four years ago, Morrissey appeared in a campaign for PETA in which he encouraged people to get their pets neutered to reduce to number of homeless animals.