Ricky Gervais has told of his "disgust" at plans to open a puppy farm supplying dogs for laboratory experiments in his native U.K.
The Office creator has signed up to support a campaign by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (Buav) to block the proposed development in Yorkshire, England.
Bosses at Bantin & Kingman Ltd. have applied for permission to use a farm in the region as a facility to breed beagle puppies which will then be supplied to companies conducting research experiments on animals.
Gervais says, "I am disgusted to learn of these plans to breed beagles for experiments. It is unacceptable that these gentle and trusting dogs should be treated as commodities.
"If B&K's plans go ahead, thousands of dogs will be born to spend the rest of their short lives in a laboratory cage, where they will suffer in cruel experiments. I fully support the Buav's efforts in trying to stop this facility from going ahead."
A Buav spokeswoman says, "We are delighted to receive the support of Ricky Gervais on this important issue."