Downton Abbey star Peter Egan, who plays Lady Rose's father Shrimpie Flintshire, has backed campaigners opposed to controversial plans for a beagle farm in East Yorkshire.
The American-based owners of the exisitng facility at Grimston have announced they intend to appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission to extend the premises.
Today the TV and film star, best known for his role in the hit TV sitcom Ever Decreasing Circles, signed a petition opposing the appeal.
He said: "“I am deeply shocked that Beagles, the most docile and people friendly of all dogs, are so cruelly abused and their tender nature taken advantage of for experiments that are of no benefit to humans._
"Current science proves that animals are not able to predict the responses of human patients. So lets stop experimenting on these animals. _
"They are our companions and have done enough already to help us evolve and keep us safe in so many areas. _
"For example, protecting our borders. guiding the blind. finding survivors in disaster zones. reducing our blood pressure, not to mention the huge benefits they contribute to anyone who has an animal in their daily lives.”_
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