Play The Smiths' 'Meat Is Murder' Slaughterhouse Video Game

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Johnny Marr and Morrissey from The Smiths pose under the branches of a willow tree in London in 1983.

Morrissey wants you to turn your back on meat, and play video games instead. 

The British singer, songwriter, novelist and animal rights activist has backed the launch of The Beautiful Creature Must Die, a game set to an 8-bit version of the Smiths’ 1985 song “Meat Is Murder” (which Morrissey co-wrote with Johnny Marr). 

The game, a partnership with PETA and created by This Is Pop, has a simple storyline: save animals from a nasty death. Chickens, pigs, turkeys, and cows tumble towards a horrible end and it’s the gamer’s job to stop it. 

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“Thirty years ago, the Smiths sang, "the flesh you so fancifully fry is not succulent, tasty, or kind—it's death for no reason, and death for no reason is murder." Help stop the murder by pledging to go vegan,” reads a message accompanying the game.

Morrissey had this to say: "This game is the biggest social crusade of all, as we safeguard the weak and helpless from violent human aggression. You don't get that from Pokémon Go."

Play along below.