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“I couldn’t stay home and do nothing. [to] draw attention to the plight of these animals.
This week, popstar Will Young handcuffed himself to the gates of a Cambridgeshire dog breeding center to protest against animal testing.
The move was in favor of ‘Camp Beagle’ and comes as animal rights protesters demand the closure of the MBR Acres in Wyton, near Huntington.
Some 2,000 beagle puppies are being bred at the center for testing and campaigners are demanding the dogs be released and an end to the use of beagles in lab testing.
The 42-year-old also held up a campaign poster that read: ‘Cambridgeshire famous for torturing beagles with MBR.’
Young said he came to the protest “because I’m a dog lover, an animal lover, and a human lover; I come without hatred or aggression,” BBC News reported.
The Pop Idol winner added, “People don’t know there’s still animal testing in this country and it’s not necessary. I couldn’t sit at home and do nothing [to] draw attention to the plight of these animals.
“All demonstrations, all movements, need a little nudge. Like someone who has [fans] I couldn’t stay home and just write another song or another book.
To protest against ‘inevitable torture and death’
While Young handcuffed himself to what are described as “the gates of hell”, he later released himself after being questioned by police.
After leaving the site, he tweeted, “Spent the day at the gates of MBR Acres protesting their beagle testing.
“I wanted to raise awareness about animal testing and the fact that this is a puppy farm that raises over 2,000 beagle puppies a year to send them off to their inevitable torture and death.”
I spent the day at the gates of MBR Acres protesting their beagle testing. I wanted to raise awareness about animal testing and the fact that this is a puppy farm that raises over 2,000 beagle puppies a year to send them off to their inevitable torture and death. pic.twitter.com/npNM0jCk2p
— Will Young (@willyoung) November 16, 2021
Animal rights activists and actors Ricky Gervais and Peter Egan, who previously called for the center to be closed, applauded Young for his activism.
Gervais gave a thumbs up to Young’s post, saying, “Good man.”
Peter Egan tweeted: “Respect to Will Young. Thank you for such a committed objection to the cruelty that is rampant at MBR Acres.
Marshall Bioresources, which runs MBR Acres, told the BBC it had a High Court injunction against protesters carrying out illegal activities at the site.
The company said it had “no interest in suppressing legitimate protest provided it is conducted lawfully and peacefully”.
“All protesters are currently barred by court from entering a designated exclusion zone outside the venues gates to restrain the unlawful campaign of harassment, trespass and criminal damage directed against our staff, contractors and our visitors,” Marshall Bioresources said. spokesperson added.
“Our business will continue to run and manage its operations in full compliance with Home Office regulations and with our normal high welfare standards.
“We remain proud of what we do every day as our work enables advances in medicine to save millions of human and animal lives.”
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