Police were called after pop star Will Young handcuffed himself to gates during an animal rights protest outside a beagle breeding facility.
The singer joined protesters from ‘Camp Beagle, outside MBR Acres, near RAF Wyton in Cambridgeshire, to demand the release of the dogs inside and an end to the use of Beagles in laboratory testing.
Prominent activists Ricky Gervais and Peter Egan have also called for the closure of the facility, which is owned by US company Marshall BioResources, reported Cambridgeshire Live.
Mr Young said he had come to the protest from London – “two hours drive” -.
“I have rescue dogs and as a dog owner and animal lover, I have not been able to see what is going on at this puppy breeding facility that breeds up to 2,000 Beagle puppies annually – practically a puppy farm – facing their” inevitable torture and death for animal testing. “
“I just think people don’t know that this country will continue like this.”
Mr. Young said it was “more uncomfortable” to be handcuffed to the gate than he thought – and said his back hurts “because I’m old.”
The police came and spoke to Mr. Young – who then removed his handcuffs, broke free of the gates, and joined other demonstrators.
A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said: “Our response to the Wyton protests has been impartial and proportionate, balancing the right to protest with the right of the site staff to do their lawful work.
“We are providing a safe environment for demonstrators to peacefully express their views and for the local staff to do their job, which is protected by the Serious Organized Crime and Police Act 2005.”
There are live updates from the protest Here.
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