Singer Morrissey has waded into the controversy over the new Oxford animal research laboratory by warning those working on the site “we’ll get you“.
The singer used a concert at the city’s New Theatre on Thursday night to hit out at the £20 million biomedical research laboratory site currently under construction in South Parks Road.
He branded Oxford “the shame of England” for allowing the laboratory and told fans: “If you agree with vivisection, go and be vivisected upon yourself.”
The vegetarian former Smiths frontman and animal-rights activist, who is currently promoting a new album Ringleader Of The Tormentors, has long courted controversy.
In an interview with fanzine True to You earlier this year, he said he supported “the efforts of the Animal Rights Militia in England” and understood “why fur-farmers and so-called laboratory scientists are repaid with violence - it is because they deal in violence themselves and it’s the only language they understand“.
Animal-rights activists are, he said “usually very intelligent people who are forced to act because the law is shameful or amoral“.
Last year, he told NME magazine he had been quizzed by the FBI and Special Branch over his outspoken criticism of the US and British governments.
He has previously branded George Bush and Tony Blair “cruel and morally bankrupt” and said that like Saddam Hussein they were “egotistical dictators“.
But he still has some fans, including Tory leader David Cameron, who this week picked This Charming Man by The Smiths as one of his eight Desert Island Discs and said that Morrissey’s appearance on Top of the Pops was “an iconic moment for people of my age and generation“.
A spokesman for the singer confirmed he had made the comments in his concert last week but declined to say more.