If you’re a fan of Ricky Gervais on Facebook (and over 490,000 people are), you’ve undoubtedly noticed that he’s quite outspoken about many things, including his opposition to animal testing. This morning, he shared a link to a Change.org petition to stop the breeding of beagles for research use.
“Please sign this petition to prevent Beagles being bred for research in Yorkshire,” posted the actor.
According to the petition, a plan for a breeding facility in 2012 was rejected, no doubt influenced by public outcry against it, but a new application has been submitted. Our Best Friends, a campaign under the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, aims to end the use of animal testing and free animals from laboratories. They are calling on the UK government to ban animal testing on dogs and cats and are asking that no other facilities be granted permission to breed dogs solely for the purpose of supplying laboratories with testing subjects.
From the petition: “The most recent annual Home Office statistics report that 3,214 dogs suffered in 4,843 tests in Great Britain in 2012. This is a 6% increase in the number of dogs used compared to the previous year (2,865 in 2011), and a rise of 12% in the number of experiments carried out (4,552 in 2011). 3,595 experiments were conducted on dogs that had been specifically bred in the UK for experiments.”
To learn about the issue and sign the petition, check out the Change.org page.
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