Singer Will Young has handcuffed himself to the doors of a puppy farm in support of ‘Camp Beagle’.
The Pop Idol star, who attended Exeter University before rising to fame by winning Pop Idol in 2002, was pictured sitting outside the Cambridgeshire facility today (November 16) while holding a banner that says “Cambridgeshire famous for Beagle torture thanks to MBR”.
Police attended the scene and after speaking to the singer, he removed the handcuffs and joined another group of activists.
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After the photo was posted on Camp Beagle’s social media – which campaigns against the use of dog breeding – Facebook users have since called him a ‘hero’ and ‘legend’ for his actions .
One person wrote: “Good man, come on, other celebs with compassion join in – it would soon get the mass attention it deserves.”
Another also said: “Awesome! What a legend!”
A third person added, “Thank you @willyoung for all you do for animals.”
A fourth wrote: “I have serious respect for him as a compassionate human being ready to take a stand to end the brutal and absolutely unnecessary torture of kind and sensitive animals.
“I take my hat off to you Mr Young.”
Video posted to the Camp Beagle Facebook post shows other protesters at the Huntingdon facility joining Will Young in the fight against animal abuse.
Other banners at the protest say such things as “Gates Of Hell” and “Shut Down MBR Acres”.
Camp Beagle says up to 2,000 beagles are kept at MBR Acres, before being shipped out in crates when they are 16 weeks old.
MBR Acres is owned by Marshall BioResources, a global supplier of biomedical research animals for decades.
CambridgeshireLive reports that they do not dispute the details of Stop Animal Cruelty Huntingdon – including that puppies are trained to accept a gas mask over their face and present their paw for injections – and have accepted “continued public interest in its business activities”.
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