by Jennifer Mishler
Categories: Animals, Causes
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Photo: Thomas Atilla Lewis

Ricky Gervais, a long-time animal activist, has worked with the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) on past campaigns. He has helped them fight the international trade of monkeys used for research, and now he’s joined in another of their campaigns against vivisection.

According to the Yorkshire Post, after one of his Twitter followers told Gervais about the campaign, he wanted to join in and help the BUAV. The organization is working to stop Bantin & Kingman Universal Ltd. from building a large farm to breed beagles for experimentation. He said “I am disgusted to learn of these plans to breed beagles for experiments. It is unacceptable that these gentle and trusting dogs should be treated as commodities. 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.”

Gervais isn’t the only one upset about the plans for the large-scale breeding facility. Over 28,000 people have signed the BUAV’s petition which they submitted to the Planning Inspectorate and the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles. While B&K Universal claims the breeding operation “will improve the conditions for the animals, improve the conditions for people who work in the company and create employment opportunities,” the BUAV says “The plans outline a farm based in Grimston, Yorkshire, which would breed thousands of beagles to supply laboratories with test subjects for painful and invasive experiments.”

B&K was originally denied permission for their plans, and have since appealed. Pickles is expected to make his decision in early January, just a few weeks away. BUAV Chief Executive Michelle Thew said, “We are delighted to receive the support of Ricky Gervais on this important issue.  The use of dogs in research is a subject that raises strong public concern. 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.”

About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

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  • Anonymous

    lets hope we can unite on this 7th January 2012 please come down to Hull , East yorkshire and join one of the biggest marches Hull will be having over this american firm wanting to build one of the biggest beagle breeding facilities in the uK for animals experiments