A one-of-a-kind signed hardback copy of Autobiography by British singer-songwriter Morrissey – the only copy of the full-colour hardback signed by the author – has sold on eBay for £8,300 (approximately CAD$14,787), with all proceeds going to PETA to help prevent the slaughtering of animals for meat.
"Animals in dire need of help have no better friend than Morrissey," said PETA's Mimi Bekhechi. "Whether it's cruelty to cows, chickens and pigs headed for the table, animals being made into boots and coats or other abuse, Morrissey speaks out forcefully. The proceeds from his signed autobiography add to the work of this true hero to animals."
Morrissey has been a solo artist for 26 years, during which time he has had three number one albums in the UK in three different decades. His songs have been recorded by David Bowie, Nancy Sinatra, Marianne Faithfull, Chrissie Hynde, Thelma Houston, My Chemical Romance and Christy Moore.
His efforts to help stop animal abuse are legendary and date back nearly three decades. He has teamed up with PETA and its overseas affiliates to encourage people to adopt healthy and compassionate plant-based diets and always have their companion animals spayed and neutered.
He has starred in a number of PETA's ad campaigns, and the vegetarian icon recently joined PETA's fight to pressure department store Fortnum & Mason to stop selling foie gras, which is made from the enlarged and diseased livers of force-fed geese and ducks.
As he performs The Smiths' Meat Is Murder, he regularly screens footage of PETA US' hard-hitting Meet Your Meat exposé. So it was only fitting that Morrissey was named PETA's Person of the Year in 2011.
Signed copy of Morrissey Autobiography