UPDATE: Great news! On January 26, BUAV announced that the plans for the breeding farm have been rejected by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Paws way up to BUAV, Ricky Gervais and the thousands of animal lovers who protested the facility.
But not the Hollywoof Reporter – and a whole lot of animal lovers.
Gervais earns a big, fat paws up for backing a protest by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) against a planned breeding center in East Yorkshire, England, which will supply Beagles for use in scientific research.
“I am disgusted to learn of these plans to breed Beagles for experiments,” Gervais said in a statement last week, according to BBC News. “It is unacceptable that these gentle and trusting dogs should be treated as commodities.”
The center is owned by B&K Universal, a UK company that breeds animals for medical research. The company claims there are no alternatives to using live animals.
Apparently B&K missed the news that another English company, Simcyp Limited, developed a dog simulator just for that purpose in 2010. Simcyp even stated that their simulator is “particularly suitable for investigating oral absorption of drugs – the most common studies performed in Beagle dogs.”
As Gervais noted in his statement, “If B&K’s plans go ahead, thousands of dogs will be born to spend the rest of their short lives in a laboratory cage, where they will suffer in cruel experiments.”
BUAV’s Chief Executive, Michelle Thew, couldn’t be happier to have the creator of “The Office” and star of HBO’s “Extras” on her group’s side.
She told BBC News last week, “”We are delighted to receive the support of Ricky Gervais on this important issue. There are a range of modern, humane, non-animal research techniques available to scientists which should be used instead of inflicting suffering on dogs and other animals in laboratories.”
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