Comedian and actor Ricky Gervais is supporting a campaign calling for the UK Government to ban animal testing on dogs.
Thousands of the animals are tested on every year in this country, most commonly in 'poisoning' or toxicity tests, where they are force-fed or injected with drugs, pesticides and weed killer.
Cruelty Free International has launched a petition calling for a ban, and is hoping to get enough signatures for the Government to debate the issue; petitions which reach 100,000 signatures are almost always debated - unless the issue has been recently debated by politicians or if there is already a debate scheduled for the near future.
Yesterday the charity hosted a dog walk to Parliament in a bid to bring attention to the suffering of dogs in UK laboratories.
"We were joined by a host of celebrity dogs outside the Houses of Parliament this morning to tell the UK government to put an end to cruel and unnecessary experiments on dogs," said the charity.
"Canine social media stars including Marcel Le Corgi, Elle the Frenchie and Steph and the Spaniels took part in our Westminster dog walk, one of many walks taking place across the UK as part of our Lead the Way campaign to end the use of dogs in UK tests by 2020."
Michelle Thew, CEO of Cruelty Free International, said: "We think the UK public would be horrified to learn that thousands of dogs continue to be used in cruel and unnecessary experiments every year. We want to sit down with government and industry to create a future where dogs are not used in tests in the UK.”
Aurélie Four, companion of internet star Marcel Le Corgi, said: "Marcel and I are very happy to be here today to support the Cruelty Free International Lead the Way campaign for an end to UK dog tests.
"Dogs like Marcel belong in a loving home, not in a laboratory. We urge everyone to sign the Cruelty Free International petition, to put a stop to these horrible and unnecessary experiments."