Will Young joins 'Camp Beagle' protest at MBR Acres
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Former Pop Idol winner Will Young has handcuffed himself to the gates of a facility that breeds dogs for research in laboratories. Today, the singer, 42, joined campaigners at MBR Acres in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire where he handcuffed himself to the site while drawing attention to the facility and calling for “things to be done”.
So hopefully the police will arrive and I’ll get arrested
Taking to Twitter, the Camp Beagle campaign shared a snap of the Leave Right Now singer sitting on the ground as he held a placard that read: “Cambridgeshire famous for beagle torture thanks to MBR.”
The star held up the sign as he had a cup of tea sitting next to him.
Will was joined by other campaigners who were calling for the dogs to be freed and for the facility to be closed down.
Taking to his Instagram, the award-winning songwriter told his 98,700 followers why he had joined the protest.
Will wrote: “I spent today at the gates of MBR Acres in protest of their testing on beagles.
“I wanted to raise awareness of animal testing and the fact that this is a puppy farm that farms over 2000 beagle puppies a year to be sent out to their inevitable torture and death.
“People do not know about it in this country and that is why I’ve handcuffed myself to the gates,” he ended the post.
The star added a snap of himself with two other campaigners holding up posters advocating their cause.
A big animal lover, Will has four dogs himself, including Domino and Diamond who he rescued when they were facing the possibility of being euthanised in America.
In his Instagram Stories, Will said: “I’m at MBR Acres where they do the puppies and I’ve chained myself to the gate,” he said while laughing.
Continuing, he went on: “I’ve chained myself to the gate and I’m going to be arrested.”
However the star got distracted by the appearance of a drone flying overhead.
“Oh, there’s a drone up there, that’s exciting,” Will added before getting back to the protest.
“So hopefully the police will arrive and I’ll get arrested,” the popstar added.
“And I’m doing this to bring attention to this hideous place and I just feel no one’s paying attention.
“We are all dog lovers, I’m a dog lover, there are so many famous people who are dog lovers, please, I urge you, see what’s going on here and things need to be done,” he said.
Addressing the drone once more, Will said: “Hello, I’m famous!” before admitting that he’d “lost the key” to the handcuffs.
Marshall BioResources in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, breeds between 1,600 and 2,000 beagles every year with the puppies being taken to laboratories around the country to be tested on when they are four months old.
After being used to test the effects of various substances on their organs, many of the dogs are killed at six months old.
UK law requires new medicines to be tested on a rodent and non-rodent before being introduced to the market.
Express.co.uk has contacted Marshall BioResources for comment.
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