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An animal welfare charity has delivered a petition against dog experiments with 80,000 signatures to Downing Street.
Cruelty Free International is calling on politicians to end to the use of dogs in UK laboratories under its Lead The Way campaign. Thousands of dogs are used in UK laboratories every year to test chemicals that often end up in drugs, pesticides or weed-killers.
The petition is part of the campaign, which has been backed by celebrity supporters including comedian Ricky Gervais, vegan TV presenter and wildlife expert Chris Packham, and singer Leona Lewis, as well as a number of MPs.
“The fantastic response to this petition highlights the support that the public has for ending the use of dogs in experiments in the UK,” Andrea Jenkyns, MP for Morley and Outwood, said in a statement.
“These tests are unethical, ineffective, and wasteful, and I am very pleased to support Cruelty Free International’s call for a review on the inadequacy of these experiments.
“Presenting this petition to 10 Downing Street is the initial step on the journey to end this practice.”