Will Young handcuffs himself to Cambridgeshire lab gate to protest Beagle testing

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In our day and age, it’s hard to conceive that we still test medicine and even beauty products on animals. Singer Will Young decided to take a stand against this yesterday.

By Justine Seraphin

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Protestors amassed yesterday in front of the MBR Acres laboratory in Cambridgeshire.

The lab unfortunately breeds and keeps Beagles for testing. 


Will Young protests against use of dogs in labs

Among the protestors was singer and actor Will Young, who also happens to be a fervent animal lover. 

Will Young spent the day at the protest and even went as far as handcuffing himself to the gate to raise awareness about the use of Beagles in laboratory testing. He then shared a photo on Twitter saying:

“This is a puppy farm that farms over 2000 Beagle puppies a year to be sent out to their inevitable torture and death.”

His actions were applauded by Ricky Gervais and Peter Egan, amongst others. 

Testing on animals in the UK

Around 3.3 million animals are used for testing in the UK each year. These animals include macaques (around 2,000/year), horses (around 200/year), cats (around 100/year), and dogs (around 2,500/year). The only breed of dog used for testing is the Beagle because they are one of the friendliest and most forgiving breeds – who won’t fight back even if they’re uncomfortable or in pain. 

Learn more about Beagles

The UK is actually ahead of many countries in terms of animal welfare in scientific testing, but for animal lovers, replacing the use of animals entirely is the ultimate goal.

While the protest itself can’t change anything, raising awareness just might. Hopefully, more and more people will petition against the use of Beagles and other animals in scientific testing. Here’s hoping.


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