Morrissey wins £10,000 over unauthorised use of Smiths song on Gordon Ramsay show

The singer donates the cash to help fight animal rights charity campaign

Morrissey has received a £10,000 payout after winning a court case against Channel 4 after they failed to ask permission to use a Smiths song to promote a Gordon Ramsay Christmas special.

The TV station is understood to have paid the singer in recognition of its error after it used ‘Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want’ ahead of Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas Cookalong Live show in 2011.

Morrissey has now donated the cash to the animal rights charity People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (Peta) to fund a campaign attacking Fortnum & Mason for selling foie gras, reports The Guardian. Peta is using the £10,000 to buy advertising space for its new campaign criticising Fortnum & Mason.

The singer, who has constantly campaigned against animal cruelty, added: “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 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.”

Fortnum & Mason has continued to sell foie gras, despite calls from animal rights groups to take the product off the shelves. A campaign by Peta featuring the former James Bond actor Roger Moore recently accused the retailer of selling “torture in a tin”. Foie gras is a food product made of the liver of a duck or goose that has been fattened by force feeding.

Morrissey also recently revealed that he nearly died earlier this year due to ill health.