Morrissey and PETA Team Up to Show the Life Cycle of a Factory-Farmed Chicken

The legendary singer and animal rights activist lent his talents to an animated film that might just get you to go meat-free.
May 28, 2014·
Culture and education editor Liz Dwyer has written about race, parenting, and social justice for several national publications. She was previously education editor at Good.

When it comes to animal rights, Morrissey is no stranger to controversy. In 1985, his former band, the Smiths, titled their second album Meat Is Murder. Then there's the 2011 concert incident in which he infamously compared the actions of a mass shooter in Norway to the animal cruelty perpetrated by McDonald's and KFC. So it should be no surprise that Moz is going to treat crowds on his current tour to a short animated film from PETA that follows the life cycle of a factory-farmed chicken.

The three-minute short, Someday, which is set to Morrissey's 1992 track "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday," offers a look at the miserable life of a chick named Nugget who's on the fast track to landing in a fryer at your local fast-food joint. We follow Nugget's sad separation from his mother and see the confusion on the chick's face as his peers are snatched away from overcrowded cages and strung up for slaughter.

Yes, there's animated blood—it wouldn't be a PETA film if it didn't bring graphic realism into the picture. But what really tugs the heart strings is watching Nugget imagine an existence where he can roam free and be reunited with his mother. You'll have to watch to see whether Nugget's fantasy of escaping from the factory farm comes true. Sadly, for the 8 billion chickens killed and eaten every year, there's no such happy ending.