Singer Morrissey Asks GM To Offer Vegan Leather In Chevy Volt, Bolt

British singer Morrissey has asked GM to start offering vegan leather upholstery in its eco-friendly Chevrolet Volt and Bolt models, as part of a new PETA campaign.

In a letter directed to GM CEO Mary Barra, the 57-year-old singer wrote: “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 to become leather interiors for car companies, including yours.”

“A staggering 51 per cent of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture…”, the letter continued. “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.”

GM spokesman Nick Richards told AutoNews that their company has “very specific guidelines for our suppliers that require them to follow all local laws and regulations,” in addition to forbidding animal abuse.

“All the leather we use in our vehicles is a byproduct of some other use of the animal,” Richards said. “So those animals are not raised specifically for their leather.” As for the request to offer a vegan leather option for the Chevrolet Volt and Bolt models, Richards said that most GM models already offer non-leather options.


  • Zed68
    • Six_Tymes

      best use of this face-palm yet

  • T_Cake

    In other news, Phil Collins has written a letter Volkswagen, demanding they convert all diesels to run on dandelions, happy thoughts, and fairy dust. A spokesperson for Volkswagen soon reported that because of dieselgate, they had already used their allotted happy thoughts for the next four to five decades…

  • SgtBeavis

    Just for that, I’m gonna have a steak tonight.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Well, I’m having beef today.

  • MultiKdizzle

    Bunch of reactionaries in the comment section.

    Sorry that ideas trigger you.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Right? It’s not a crazy request. Plus, on this kind of car, there could be a sizeable market for vegan leather. And nobody else would be forced to have it. Sometimes the Internet makes me worry for humanity.

      • Jay

        Just, sometimes? we are doomed. Have been from the start.

    • Zed68

      “Ideas” ? This is not an idea, “vegan leather” does not exist. If you don’t want leather in a car you can just pick something else, it already exists.
      What’s next ? Vegan glass ?

      • MultiKdizzle

        It’s called leatherette. Try to keep up.

        • Zed68

          It’s not “vegan leather”, it’s plastic made to look like leather. It’s been existing and been available for decades.
          And as I said. Don’t want leather ? Pick something else.

          • MultiKdizzle

            Don’t be such a slave to corporate. Consumers can demand better.

          • Zed68

            Better what ? Fake leather exists, other possibilities exist. What more can we ask for ??

          • MultiKdizzle

            A fake leather option in the Chevy Volt. That’s what Morrissey is asking for.

            I think you took the word “idea” too literally. The idea is that car interiors need not involve animal slaughter by default. It’s wholly unnecessary.

          • gary4205

            We already eat the cows, using their hides is just in keeping with the “noses-to-tail” ideal the left preaches!

          • MultiKdizzle

            Use less. Minimize consumption.

            That’s what the left has said all along, don’t create your own strawman.

  • Jim Jones ©

    Mary Barra replied “Morris who?”


    • Six_Tymes


  • Tinky-Winky

    What the heck is vegan leather?

  • drc

    I’m in the leather furniture industry and there is not a product called “Vegan Leather”, it’s nothing more than vinyl. And Vinyl is a form of plastic. If you want a plastic interior in your car – by all means go for it. Or get Alcantara, which is much nicer and a man-made, non-woven fabric.

  • kachuks

    Did this Richards guy, very tactfully, just tell him to go f*** himself?

  • Jan Mleziva

    Hey, Morrissey, dont eat the upholstery!

  • getoffme

    Screw vegans.

  • Embarrassing that killing animals to create products is still the norm and people laugh at those who want change.

    • Beelzaboot teriaksun

      good thing cocaine is organic, right ?

      • At least try a good joke. Torturing, killing, enslaving other creatures that have the same central nerve system as us is a crime. We are just so backwards that we don’t realize this. If a higher intellect specie would do the same to us would be the only way we realized how insane is what we are doing. Hopefully in 50-100 years from now this will be in history books as the dark age of the human kind.

        • Beelzaboot teriaksun

          @SgtBeavis:disqus said it quite well : Just for that, I’m gonna have a steak tonight.

        • gary4205

          You left wing “humans” slaughter over 1.5 million innocent children every single year in the United States alone, and when called out for this barbarism, squeal about it being a “right” to chose!

          Abortion is the Number One cause of death in the United States. More than cancer and heart disease combined!

          Excuse me for not getting too excited by dead cows!

          BTW, even though blacks only make up 12% of our population 35% of the innocent little babies slaughtered at the abortion mills are black.

          That’s ethnic cleansing in any context!

          Again, forgive me for not worrying about cows right now!

          • You are addressing the wrong person. I’m not from the US, neither “left wing human”. One problem doesn’t make the other non-existent. We torture and kill each year 150 billion (!) animals. Who gave the right to do this? Consider that we are on a technological level where our production and food could all be replaced by non-animal related sources. We are cheap and backwards to use and exploit nature and animals.

  • psiqtas

    Vegan…leather?! Why the heck thinks a vegan about a…leather anyway? It’s hypocrisy…

  • smartacus

    Why the eff is this jack-off even in the news?
    oh yeah…because they control the media.
    Doesn’t even matter that he was never ever ever anything even remotely famous or successful.
    Nobody remembers him or his work in The Smiths.

    He’s just here in the news because they pulled him out of mothballs for something
    Literally Seasick Steve was and is and always will be more famous and successful than this eunuch

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    He obviously doesn’t know GM too well. All their leather is fake, all their interiors are plastic and they just need to give up trying to be something they are not, a quality manufacturer.

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