Leave Right Now: Singer Will Young chains himself to gates of beagle breeding facility in Huntingdon as he joins protest against medical experimentation on animals
- The pop star, 42, chained himself to steel gates outside controversial MBR Acres
- Activists claim beagles are reared before being taken away for medical research
- They allege that 2,000 beagles are destined for a ‘cruel, painful and short life’
- Cambridgeshire research facility says it has ‘high standards of animal welfare’
Singer Will Young chained himself to the gates of a beagle breeding facility in Huntingdon after joining a protest against medical experimentation on animals.
The pop star, 42, padlocked himself to steel gates outside the MBR Acres research site in Cambridgeshire at lunchtime on Tuesday.
He also held a poster aloft reading: ‘Cambridgeshire. Famous for beagle torture. Thanks to MBR.’
The biomedical facility, named ‘Camp Beagle’ by animal rights campaigners, has been at the focal point of protests since the summer.
MBR Acres is owned by Marshall BioResources, a global provider of purpose-bred animals for biomedical research and related services.
Dog lover Will Young chained himself to fencing outside the controversial research centre in Huntingdon on Tuesday
The singer had one of his hands chained to the gate and the other holding up a placard reading ‘Cambridgeshire. Famous for beagle torture. Thanks to MBR’
Mr Young was pictured in discussion with a police officer during the protest on Tuesday
The singer eventually released himself from the handcuffs after speaking with police
The pop star pictured speaking with other campaigners outside the controversial research facility
A close-up of the handcuff used to padlock himself to the steel gate at the site’s entrance on Tuesday
A permanent camp was set up outside the gates of MBR Acres, owned by Marshall BioResources, in July
The camp is filled with placards calling for an end to medical experimentation onthe beagle puppies
A permanent camp was set up outside its gates in July, with campaigners claiming that 2,000 beagles are being reared at the site before being transported to laboratories for medical research at 16 weeks.
Activists say the dogs are destined for a ‘cruel, painful and short life’ of toxicology testing and vivisection.
Ardent dog lover Mr Young rescued two dogs, both of whom had been facing euthanasia, from the US last year.
Actors Ricky Gervais and Peter Egan have also previously backed calls to shut down the site.
The 42-year-old singer rescued two dogs, both of whom had been facing euthanasia, from the US last year
The research facility was at the focal point of a large protest in which demonstrators clashed with police in August earlier this year, too
A spokesperson for MBR Acres says it is ‘dedicated to maintaining high standards of animal welfare’ and that it ‘greatly respects and appreciates’ the role in which its animals play in the development of ‘life-saving discoveries’.
They added that the MBR site is inspected regularly by the Home Office to ensure the following standards are met or exceeded.
Hundreds of animal welfare protestors gathered outside the site for a large protest in August.
Demonstrators clashed with police as they call for the release of the beagles.
Road blocks were also placed up to allow protesters to safely rally and let employees continue their work at the site.