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Morrissey uses Gordon Ramsay cash to fund PETA campaign

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Jul 09, 2013 | 1:57pm EDT

Morrissey has donated the $15,500 (£10,000) he won from a British TV network over song misuse to animal activists at PETA to help them fund a campaign against the production of foie gras. The former The Smiths frontman sent his lawyers after Channel 4 bosses after they used his song Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want to advertise TV chef Gordon Ramsay's Christmas Cookalong Live show in 2011. Fervent animal rights campaigner Morrissey argued he'd never allow his music to be used to promote a chef who uses foie gras, and he won a sizeable settlement. Announcing his decision to use the cash to fund the PETA U.K. campaign, the rocker says, "Ramsay may very well stick his head in his microwave when he hears that the money I received from Channel 4, because one of my songs was used to promote his Christmas show, is being donated to PETA to fight foie gras. "Foie gras is so cruelly produced that he'd be against it if he had an ethical bone in his body." PETA U.K. associate director Mimi Bekhechi says, "Morrissey never stops speaking out against cruelty to animals, and his generous gift will allow PETA U.K. to be just as outspoken in combating foie gras. In a way, we have Gordon Ramsay to thank - it was a gaffe involving his show that will fund our efforts to make sure that everyone knows that foie gras comes from the diseased livers of abused birds."

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