He might be a bit gruff on TV, but music mogul Simon Cowell is a big dog lover, totally opposed to the use of animals in scientific experiments.
Sqiddly, Diddly, Freddie and Simon (the one without the tail), were photographed by word-renowned British portrait photographer Rankin, to mark the launch of a global campaign by Cruelty Free International to end the use of dogs in experiments once and for all.
“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,” said Simon.
“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.”
Every year, thousands of dogs suffer in cruel experiments across the world: 2,742 dogs were used in the UK in 2014; 17,896 dogs were used in the EU in 2011, with the top five users being France, the UK, Finland, Germany and Spain. While in the USA, 59,358 dogs were used in experiments in 2014.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/or chemicals to see what dose will sicken or kill them.
To join Squiddly, Diddly, Freddie and Simon in supporting Cruelty Free International’s campaign to end experiments on dogs, visit www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/dogs today. Other celebrities supporting the campaign include: violinist Vanessa-Mae, comedian and author Julian Clary and actors Michael Fox (Downton Abbey) and Eleanor Matsuura (Cuffs).