On Saturday (23May15), it was officially announced that Ireland had become the first country to legalise same-sex marriage by public vote, with an overwhelming 62 per cent of Irish citizens voting 'yes'.

A host of celebrities, including Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga, celebrated the news via social media, and now the former The Smiths frontman and longtime vegetarian has weighed in on the matter.

Morrissey took to his website following the historic moment to congratulate the people of Ireland - but also urged them to use their power as voters to change the ways animals are treated.

He wrote, "Congratulations to Ireland. The people, once again, teach the church. The people, once again, teach the politicians. Now, Ireland, please abolish fur farms and factory-farming and transportation of live animals, and welcome yourself completely into the 21st century. Morrissey."