Ricky Gervais Absolutely Destroys Animal Testing In This Brilliant Radio Rant

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in News, UK, Weird
Published 13.03.19
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Ricky Gervais is a very polarising character.

I don’t mean that some people love him while others hate him, I mean that one person can constantly flip between those two feelings with every new story and show featuring him.

I grew up thinking he was brilliant, with his XFM shows, podcasts, The Office and Extras, but then Derek came out and Gervais became obsessed with trying to offend people to get a rise whilst pushing his atheist agenda. I’m not even religious, it just got annoying to constantly hear.

As for his new show on Netflix, Afterlife, I couldn’t get past the first episode because it made me too sad when I was cooking, but Josh says it’s great. However, it’s because the comedy-drama has just come out that the actor and comedian is doing the rounds on a press tour.

We made a video with him that you can watch below, while on BBC Radio 5live, as an avid animal-lover, he was asked what he thought of Animal-Testing.

He doesn’t like it one bit…

It doesn’t work – 93 percent of all experiments that work on animals then fail and are dangerous to humans, because the models don’t work. Computer models work better than animal testing.

It’s propaganda because people who breed beagles make £1,000 or £2,000 per dog, universities get kick backs from farmer companies to do research… it doesn’t work and it’s cruel. You’ve got to end animal testing.

Some people think, ‘Oh yeah, but what about cancer and AIDS?’ I understand that but there’s no ambiguity about shampoo and cosmetics. That’s mental – putting stuff in rabbits’ eyes and torturing them to death. Don’t get shampoo in your eyes, it stings, done.

And then the medical stuff, it doesn’t work, it’s cruel and it doesn’t work. You’ve got me worked up again here.

He really doesn’t hold back.

It’s hard to disagree with him though, and *ugh* PETA, have the stats to back him up, as they say the number of successful animal trials that go on to fail with humans is 95 percent. They said:

Of the small percentage of drugs approved for human use, half end up being re-labelled because of side effects that were not identified in tests on animals.

A survey of 4,451 experimental cancer drugs developed between 2003 and 2011 found that more than 93 percent failed after entering the first phase of human clinical trials, even though all had been tested successfully on animals.

Anyway, to lighten the mood, here’s the video we did with Ricky…

Images via BBC, Getty