Officials Down Under announced last month (Jul15) that they were "declaring war" on wild felines in order to preserve dozens of native species they claim are under threat from the predators.

However, former The Smiths frontman Morrissey is adamant the project, which aims to wipe out two million of the beasts by 2020, is cruel and unnecessary.

In a statement, he writes, "We all know that the idiots rule the Earth, but this is taking idiocy just too far. The cats (who keep the rodent population under control) will be killed in a ferocious manner, using Compound 10/80, which is a gut-wrenching poison of the most unimaginable and lengthy horror.

"The people of Australia would never agree to this - but of course they will not be consulted, because the Australian government as ruled by Tony Abbott is essentially a committee of sheep-farmers who have zero concerns about animal welfare or animal respect. The cats are, in fact, 2 million smaller versions of Cecil The Lion."