Simon Cowell Joins His Dogs to Support Cruelty Free International
“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,” stated Simon Cowell.
“We are thrilled to have Simon’s support for our global campaign to end experiments on dogs,” said CEO Cruelty Free International Michelle Thew. “There are strong ethical and scientific reasons against using dogs in research. Dogs are trusting and forgiving yet they are being betrayed in their thousands by humans, the very ones they look to for affection and reassurance.”
Per Cruelty Free International:
Every year, thousands of dogs suffer in cruel experiments across the world. In the US, 59,358 dogs were used in experiments in 2014. The top five states using dogs were Ohio (5,252), New Jersey (5,035), Michigan (4,694), Wisconsin (4,894) and Minnesota (3,350).
Beagles are the most commonly used breed. They are mainly subjected to poisoning tests (known as toxicity testing) in which they are force fed, forced to inhale or injected with drugs and chemicals to see what dose will sicken or kill them. Even industrial chemicals and agricultural products such as pesticides and weed-killers can be tested.