Actor Ricky Gervais has always been an outspoken advocate for animals. Recently, he posed with his cat, Ollie, in support of Our Best Friends, a BUAV campaign asking the UK government to ban the use of dogs and cats in experiments.
A reported 3,214 dogs and 202 cats were used in experiments in 2012 in Great Britain alone, representing a 6% increase for dogs and a 32% increase for cats from the previous year.
“Cats share our homes, they are loving, loyal and playful and they deserve a safe and happy life, not one of suffering,” said Gervais. “That’s why I am supporting the Our Best Friends campaign, taking action to bring a stop to the suffering of cats and dogs in UK laboratories. Take a look at ourbestfriends.org and sign the petition today at ourbestfriends.org/petition.”
Gervais has supported several BUAV campaigns in the past, including a petition to end controversial research at Cardiff University, where kittens were raised in darkness or had their eyelids sewn shut. They were then subjected to brain experiments and subsequently killed.
Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of BUAV, is thankful for the actor’s support. “In the UK, dogs and cats are our most popular companion animals, yet they continue to be harmed in cruel experiments and there is no Government policy to reduce their use, let alone bring it to an end,” she said. “We thank Ricky for his support and urge the public to join us to make their voices heard, by writing to their MPs to sign EDM 514 and by signing our petition today at ourbestfriends.org/petition.”