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'Trolleys of dead farmed dogs wheeled out of lab after cruel, painful and short lives!'


Actor Ricky Gervais said it was 'heartbreaking to hear these puppies crying out for mercy and help' as farms breed dogs for painful experiments that see them force-fed chemicals.


By Nada Farhoud Mirror, Environment editor - 22nd Sept, 2021


Trolleys of dead farmed dogs in plastic bags are wheeled out from a testing lab, in new footage obtained by campaigners. In another clip, a van arrives at Labcorp in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, showing workers dressed in full chemical protective clothing.


As a second laboratory door opens, dogs can be heard inside the lab whimpering.

Actor Peter Egan, who is part of a campaign to ban testing on dogs said they “suffer with no pain relief or anaesthetic.”


He said: “The machine-like conveyor belt delivers man's best friend into a toxicity testing laboratory. Inside the lab, dogs endure experiments that can involve being force-fed chemicals for up to 90 days.”



Each year thousands of dogs are bred at these farms for "painful toxicity" experiments conducted in labs across the UK including Labcorp, campaigners say. Commonly they leave at 16-weeks-old. Many dogs are killed at the end of the experiments.


In June the Mirror revealed footage, also obtained by the group Free the MBR Acres Beagle, which showed workers piling dogs into overcrowded trolleys, some by the scruffs of their necks. Other dogs could be heard whimpering in crates as they are loaded into lorries for transportation.

Each year thousands of dogs are bred in "factory farms" each year for "painful toxicity" experiments conducted in labs across the UK, campaigners say. Commonly they leave at 16-weeks-old. Many dogs are killed at the end of the experiments, according to animal welfare charities.


Workers dressed in full chemical protective clothing with the van.


The actor Ricky Gervais, 60, is among those who have called for the farm, owned by the American company Marshall BioResources, to close. They are also calling for all laboratory animals to be included under the protection of the Animal Welfare Act, and its 'unnecessary suffering' clause.


Protesters say many of the dogs are destined for a "cruel, painful and short life" and that the experiments do not help in the search for human treatments and cures. The company insists it is "dedicated to maintaining high standards of animal welfare" and that its work "is critical to human and veterinary medical progress".


The van at the Labcorp testing laboratory.


Peter Egan is patron of a group called For Life on Earth (Floe), which wants the government to launch a pioneering "public scientific hearing" on whether animal experiments can predict responses in human patients, with independent scientific experts as judges.


The Downton Abbey star, 74, added: "I'm deeply shocked to learn that laboratory animals are excluded from the Animal Welfare Act, and the protection of its 'unnecessary suffering' clause.”

Boxes are carried from the van.


He called for Early Day Motion (EDM) calling for the hearing ”to end the failed practice of animal experiments" which has been tabled by MP Lisa Cameron.

Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall has also backed the idea.

Ricky Gervais added: “ It's heartbreaking to hear these puppies crying out for mercy and help, from inside the lab.


“We need an immediate ban on this shocking animal cruelty, which is also clearly holding back medical progress. That's why I support a rigorous public science hearing on animal testing, judged by independent experts from the relevant science fields.”


Ricky Gervais called for the farm to close (Image: K9 Magazine)


Latest figures show dogs were used in 4,227 experiments in 2019. Beagles were used for 96% of them.

Beagles are often used for repeat-dose toxicity testing, which typically involves giving a dog a daily low dose of a candidate drug for several weeks. It will then be killed and its organs examined for damage.

People for the Ethical Treatment on Animals says most of the drug testing sees dogs repeatedly force-fed or forced to inhale substances for up to three months to measure the effects on their organs and nervous system.

'Animal experiments entirely failing' - Comment, by Peter Egan

Peter Egan said: "I'm deeply shocked to learn that laboratory animals are excluded from the Animal Welfare Act, and the protection of its 'unnecessary suffering' clause. The 1986 Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act effectively enshrines animal suffering by means of legal definitions, whereby an animal experiment becomes a 'regulated procedure' to cause pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm to a 'protected animal', which encompasses all living vertebrates other than humans, under the responsibility of humans. Therefore, identical acts of deliberate animal cruelty, potentially punishable by custodial sentencing under the Animal Welfare Act, are immune from prosecution under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act.



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