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Ricky Gervais on Why Animal Testing Is Failing

Ricky Gervais on Why Animal Testing Is Failing

Every so often you meet a dog whose presence stays with you. It could be your own dog and the memory could be one of loyalty and a bond that was unbreakable, or it could be a dog you once met who made you laugh. Whatever the reason and whatever the memory, we're sure you know what we're talking about and that dog has just popped into your head.

At the start of this year, we introduced comedian and well-known animal advocate Ricky Gervais to a dog named Scarlett. We know their meeting will stay with him.

He explains why.

Ricky Gervais on Why Animal Testing Is Failing
Photo Credit: Joseph Sinclair for K9 Magazine

Ricky says, “Meeting Scarlett and sensing her painful past will stay with me forever. Like all dogs she is incredibly gentle with a heart of gold, but the horrors of two years in a toxicology laboratory are etched in her eyes and body language.

Ricky Gervais on Why Animal Testing Is FailingPhoto Credit: Joseph Sinclair for K9 Magazine

Ricky Gervais on Why Animal Testing Is FailingPhoto Credit: Joseph Sinclair for K9 Magazine

"This was clear, even in the relatively short time I spent with her. I’m delighted to have signed an Open Letter calling for animal experimenter Prof. Colin Blakemore to face the world’s leading medical opposition to such experiments, in a public science hearing judged by independent experts. I want people to be able to understand how these shocking experiments are now proven to also fail humans.”

Read the Open Letter signed by Ricky here

[Originally published March 2018]


  1. Heather Golding

    March 5, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Thank you Ricky

  2. Dick Netherway

    March 7, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Ricky: Like all the worst evils of this world, it’s about money. We are a depraved species with the arrogant attitude that we can use other species as we wish. Worst of all the lab people that do this work, believe they are on some noble mission for the betterment of humanity. All about money though!

  3. Gordon

    June 10, 2020 at 8:13 am

    Why do we deliberately hurt these wonderful animals that give so much love, AND the other animals we share the planet with? We really are a sick and evil to the core!

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