Morrissey has penned an open letter to General Motors asking them to offer vegan leather interiors.
The singer is due to play the Royal Oak Music Theatre tonight (November 23rd), a venue just outside the city limits of Detroit.
In the run up to this, Morrissey has decided to add his weight to calls for General Motors to switch from real to vegan leather.
The one-time Smiths frontman cited a recent PETA documentary on the treatment of animals by leather suppliers, and linked this to environmental concerns.
The letter reads, in part:
As I head to Detroit to play the Royal Oak Music Theatre, I’m writing to ask GM to make Chevy’s Volt and Bolt more eco-friendly by giving buyers the option to choose vegan leather interiors–including steering wheels and gear shifts. GM is named in PETA’s brand-new investigation of cattle ranches, on which animals are branded on the face, electro-shocked, and beaten before they’re slaughtered and used to make leather interiors for car companies, including yours.
More and more people are opting for vegan leather for the sake of both cows and the environment. A staggering 51 per cent of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture. Animal skins also have to be treated with a toxic soup of chemicals in order to keep them from decomposing, and runoff from leather tanneries poisons vital waterways.
Given that the Volt and Bolt are being marketed to eco-conscious buyers, entirely vegan options would only broaden their appeal. I look forward to your reply.
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