Ricky Gervais slams Cardiff University's testing in which kittens' eyes were sewn shut
by Jennifer Mishler
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Ricky Gervais is speaking out against animal testing conducted at a U.K. university.

According to Contactmusic, it was revealed this week that Cardiff University in Wales had conducted “sensory deprivation” tests on over 30 kittens, and Gervais was “sickened” by what he learned about these tests.

“I am appalled that kittens are being deprived of sight by having their eyelids sewn shut. I thought sickening experiments like these were a thing of the past,” he said.

Representatives from the university have claimed there is a need for the tests, saying they were intended to determine how the brain responds when the kittens experienced sensory deprivation. They report that the testing stopped in 2010.

“Cardiff University rejects the accusation this experiment is cruel or unnecessary. It is impossible to use any other kind of ­technique for this study. The work was approved by both the University’s ethical review process and the Home Office Animals in Science Regulation Unit as part of the licensing process,” the university said in a statement released.

Gervais also helped launch BUAV’s  Cruelty-Free International, a global campaign against animal testing for cosmetic products.

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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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  • Theon

    if this experiment really is not cruel as the university says, how about the scientists have their eyes sewn shut for as long as the kittens did. it is in fact a cruel and sick experiment, the results are almost useless and even if it proved some cure for something horrible it would still not be justified. these scientists just get off on playing god. the law needs to be changed so experiments like this are made illegal for anyone to do. and these scientists should be ashamed, and their friends and family should be ashamed too, to know such a cruel person.