Celebrities speak out for dogs worldwide
Simon Cowell, Vanessa-Mae, Rankin and a host of celebrities launch our campaign to end the cruel use of dogs in experiments
Compassionate celebrities are lining up to tell the world that dogs do not belong in laboratories.
I have always loved dogs but had no idea how much happiness they would bring to my life. Squiddly, Diddly and, now, Freddie are hugely important members of my family - and even the thought of any dog being mistreated sickens me. That’s why I’m supporting Cruelty Free International - to stop dogs being used for experiments in laboratories around the world. No dog should be treated in such a way. After all, they are man’s (and woman’s) best friend. Simon Cowell
Acclaimed photographer, Rankin, has joined Cruelty Free International to launch a high-profile campaign shining a light on the suffering of dogs in experiments. We met with Rankin at his studio in London to kick-start the campaign.
In front of the camera, The X-Factor’s Simon Cowell, violinist Vanessa-Mae, comedian and author Julian Clary, and actors Michael Fox (Downton Abbey) and Eleanor Matsuura (Cuffs) were joined by their companion animals to call for an end to cruel dog research.
Simon was accompanied by Squiddly, Diddly and Freddie. With the warmth and safety of a loving home, their lives are a world away from the lives of dogs in laboratories.
Tests on dogs
Dogs are typically used in poisoning tests (known as ‘toxicity’ tests), during which they are injected with or force-fed substances – such as drugs, pesticides and weed-killers. They can suffer from vomiting, diarrhoea, internal bleeding, organ damage, seizures, paralysis and even death.
Tragically, those who survive the experiment will usually be killed anyway.
Tell the world
Like so many compassionate people across the world, Simon, Julian, Vanessa-Mae, Michael, and Eleanor believe that experimenting on dogs is ethically unacceptable and must be stopped.
Please join them in telling the world what is happening to dogs behind closed doors. Share our campaign with your friends and family, get the message out there. And help us persuade governments and decision-makers across the globe to end the use of dogs in testing.
Make an urgent donation today
Your much-needed gift could help us:
- lobby governments to introduce laws protecting dogs
- conduct vital scientific research into alternatives
- place investigators undercover in laboratories to document and expose the cruelty