The former The Smiths frontman is backing a campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to oppose an application for a licence to open up the breeding facility in Yorkshire, England.

The unit would be used to produce dogs for laboratory research, and the horrified pop star has penned a note to the U.K.'s Home Secretary Theresa May imploring her not to grant a licence for the project.

He writes, "As I understand it, this hellhole would churn out thousands of dogs a year, confine them to a sterile prison... and then sell them to laboratories to be injected, infected and dissected. Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of knowing a dog can tell you that they are friendly, loyal animals who should be sleeping in our beds, not dying for Botox and Viagra.

"As an elected official, it's your duty to represent the public - and I can tell you without a doubt that the vast majority of us do not want beagles' blood on our hands. I am therefore urging you to do the right thing by denying this abomination of an establishment a licence."