(ANIMAL TESTING/CELEBRITIES) Earlier this week, the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) released horrific footage documenting testing on young animals in a UK lab. The BUAV reported 92 beagle puppies, 10 adult nursing female beagles, and at least 15 kittens were killed at MSD Animal Health during their eight-month-long undercover investigation.

The BUAV’s findings have influenced many UK celebrity activists in speaking against the inhumane animal experimentation. Ricky Gervais from The Officealong with famed author Jilly Cooper and TV presenter Wendy Turner Webster, are just a few to join the cause.

Read below for more on what Gervais and other celebs are saying about the cruelty, and sign the petition requesting MSD Health stop the cruel testing and killing of puppies, kittens, and other young animals. — Global Animal

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Puppy Milo being used for animal testing at MSD Animal Health. Photo Credit: BUAV

The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV)

Ricky Gervais, Jilly Cooper and Wendy Turner Webster have spoken out following a BUAV investigation that uncovered the shocking killing of very young puppies and kittens in experiments in a UK laboratory. Undercover video footage taken by the BUAV graphically shows the pitiful plight of these very young animals.

In response to the expose by the BUAV, Ricky Gervais stated:

“I support the BUAV in their investigation to expose this kind of cruelty. This senseless waste of life cannot be justified. Please join me in asking for it to end.”

Ricky Gervais cuddles with an adorable puppy. lifewithdogs.tv
Ricky Gervais cuddles with an adorable puppy. Photo Credit: lifewithdogs.tv

Animal-lover, Jilly Cooper, who has dogs of her own said:

 “It is important that BUAV investigations continue to uncover the horrific reality of animals in laboratories.  This senseless, needless suffering is utterly appalling so please take action and join the Our Best Friends campaign.”

TV presenter and animal advocate Wendy Turner Webster said:

Please find out more about the BUAV’s investigation so that more puppies like Milo don’t have to be born to die.”

The BUAV investigation at MSD Animal Health revealed that puppies were separated from their mothers at a very young age, some just over 4 weeks, to be used in tests in contravention of  welfare guidelines; the routine killing of puppies from 5 weeks of age and kittens less than 6 months old; the routine killing of healthy female adult beagles once their puppies were taken away from them and a lack of effort to find homes for those adult and puppy beagles who were no longer required or could have been released at the end of the experiments, there is strong support for homing beagles animals from laboratories where possible.

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Beagle puppies stare at the camera held by BUAV investigator Susie. Photo Credit: BUAV

During the BUAV investigation, 92 beagle puppies, 10 adult nursing female beagles and at least 15 kittens were killed at the laboratory.

After the investigation was published in the Sunday Express on March 2nd, celebrities including Wendy Turner Webster, Kirsty Gallagher and Greg Rutherford took to Twitter to express their horror at how the animals had been treated and their support for the BUAV campaign.

The BUAV has launched the Our Best Friends campaign to end the use of thousands of dogs and hundreds of cats in research every year in the UK. Despite widespread public concern about the use of cats and dogs in research, because of the secrecy surrounding animal research very little is known about the suffering they are forced to endure. The BUAV’s revelations about what happens inside one UK laboratory will be especially shocking for the millions of families across the UK who share their homes and lives with cats and dogs.

Take Action: Sign the petition requesting MSD Animal Health stop the testing and killing of puppies, kittens, and other young animals!