Morrissey writes to Home Secretary in bid to halt plans for ‘hellhole’ dog-breeding facility

Singer urges Theresa May to stop new facility in Grimston near Hull

Morrissey has written to Home Secretary Theresa May to put a stop to plans for a beagle-breeding facility in East Riding Of Yorkshire.

In July the government gave planning permission to a US owned company to build a controversial puppy breeding farm at Grimston near Hull. The puppies will be bred for use in drug tests and the facility has faced opposition from the local council and by animal rights groups. It will be Britain’s second facility for breeding beagles for vivisection.

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Morrissey, alongside animal rights activists PETA, has urged Theresa May to rethink the decision to allow the facility to go ahead and written to the Home Secretary ahead of his gig in Hull tomorrow (September 18).

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“This hellhole would churn out thousands of dogs a year, confine them to a sterile prison and then sell them to laboratories to be injected, infected and dissected”, writes Morrissey. “Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of knowing a dog can tell you that they are friendly, loyal animals who should be sleeping in our beds, not dying for Botox and Viagra.”

On Wednesday night Morrissey had a message for another politician, warning new Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn that he faces “assassination” due to his opposition to the monarchy and war. Morrissey delivered the message during a gig in Plymouth. The singer is currently on a short tour of the UK, which finishes in London on September21.

Meanwhile, Morrissey is backing a pop-up shop at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London this coming weekend.

Morrissey’s Mporium merchandise shop will open between Friday, September 18, and Monday September 21 from 10:30am-5pm each day. These dates coincide with Morrissey’s two London dates at the Eventim Apollo (September 20-21).

A limited amount of ‘Your Arsenal’ and ‘Vauxhall And I’ vinyl signed by Morrissey will be available at the shop alongside other official merchandise. Engraved, numbered and dated Battersea Dog and Cat tags will also be available to fans.