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Morrissey Settles Song Dispute With British Cooking Show

Singer donates money to PETA

Morrissey, Gordon Ramsay.
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July 10, 2013 8:50 AM ET

Morrissey has reached a settlement in a song dispute after a Smiths track was used without permission to promote a food program on the UK's Channel Four. The singer has donated the funds to a campaign that protests foie gras and its distributors. 

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Channel Four used the Smiths song "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" to promote chef Gordon Ramsay's Christmas Cookalong Live, Billboard reports. The devout animal activist Morrissey promptly donated the settlement money to PETA, who promised to use it for an ad campaign against foie gras, which is made by force-feeding birds and then extracting their enlarged livers.

"Ramsay may very well stick his head in his microwave when he hears that the money I received from Channel 4. . . is being donated to PETA to fight foie gras," said Morrissey. "Foie gras is so cruelly produced that he'd be against it if he had an ethical bone in his body."

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