Gillian Anderson: Don’t Perform Animal Tests When the Truth Is Already Out There

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Actor Gillian Anderson is well known her for compassion. In the past, she’s joined PETA to speak out for rabbits, bulls, elephants and many other animals. Now, once again, she’s turned her attention to animals used in experiments.

As Scully in the X-Files, Gillian witnessed some pretty chilling things – but those storylines don’t come close to many of the horrors inflicted on animals in laboratories.

So while she’s in India filming her new movie, Viceroy’s House, she wrote to the Indian government on behalf of these animals – specifically, about a measure that would make it illegal to conduct toxicity tests on animals when data already exist. If approved, it could spare thousands of lives each year.

In her letter to the Indian health minister, Gillian wrote:

As you know, rats, rabbits, primates, dogs and other animals used for drug testing are confined to barren cages. They are forced to ingest or inhale drugs or have them smeared on their skin or put in their eyes. These animals often endure seizures, breathing difficulties, blindness, vomiting and other agonising symptoms of poisoning as well as a slow death. They live lonely lives in fear of the next terrifying and painful procedure that will be performed on them.

I therefore respectfully request that you move this process along by amending the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, immediately in order to stop redundant drug testing.

Thank you, Gillian, for speaking out for animals!

Here in the UK, you, too, can get involved in the campaign to end animal testing:


  • robert sciolino commented on October 9, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    leave the animals alone and do testing on yourselves

  • Fay smith commented on October 9, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    This cruel use of innocent animals for testing should be stoprd

  • Christine Webb commented on October 9, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Why would you – because you can – its evil

  • Sharon sknight commented on October 9, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Lots of experiments are not required they are cruel barbaric and unnecessary the suffering is needless in many experiments there is now more modern ways of testing lots of products without using defenceless animals why can’t these government s see this

  • Beverley commented on October 9, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Stop!stop!stop,this vile cruel procedures, if you did It to yourselves you would stop it straight away, because you can’t feel it you dismiss it !!!!!

  • Sharon Easton commented on October 9, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    No animal should suffer like this test on child murderers

    • Sharon Easton commented on October 9, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      No animal should suffer like this test on people in prison but no they have human rights who do animals have to speak for them

  • bdjdj commented on October 9, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Please stop!!!!!!

  • Michele Hatch commented on October 9, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    It MUST STOP!!!!!! Man’s cruelty towards animals!!! Test things on humans, after all the products whatever they are will be destined for human use, be it medications or beauty products. These poor innocent creatures do NOT deserve this awful life where they are habitually mistreated.

  • Kathy smith commented on October 9, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Please stop this cruel pointless procedure its needless and cruel.

  • Christine Susi commented on October 9, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    We must fight Barbaric treatment of animals

  • Claire Keir commented on October 9, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Please stop this ,We don;t need to do this anymore it should never should have been done in the first place.

  • Susan Reid-Povall commented on October 10, 2015 at 12:42 am

    No living thing should be made to suffer like this. Compassion in all things please.

  • Jimmy Innes commented on October 10, 2015 at 3:24 am

    Stop animal cruelty now

  • G. S. Johar commented on October 10, 2015 at 8:15 am

    MEN OF CRUELTY ARE ENEMIES OF GOD: Every scientist experimenting on hapless, speechless, and un-protesting animals must remember what the English poet Algernon Charles Swiburne had written more than 110 years ago, in his poetry, “Anactoria” : “I would find grievous ways to have these slain,—-Intense device, and superflux of pain.” A cruelty committed by the scientists while doing experiments on animals while they are live, can not be declared a scientific glory even if they (the scientists) achieve some breakthrough.

  • Elizabeth Shanahan commented on October 10, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Anyone who has been involved with animal welfare knows that tests and experiments have been happening for over 100 years and that more humane methods are now available. To these companies and the people conducting these unnecessary tests certainly have a vested interest in supplying animals as they consider them as desposable items . Shame on you for trying to justifing your treatment of these very vulnerable creatures.

  • Mary Birtle commented on October 10, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Please stop these dreadful experiments on defenseless animals.

  • Rochelle Caldwell commented on October 10, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    No testing on animals!

  • Sigrid Vernooij commented on October 11, 2015 at 12:47 am

    I respectfully request that you amend the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, immediately in order to stop redundant drug testing

  • David roche commented on October 12, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Ban this oractice

  • Mary Flannagan commented on October 22, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    It as unnecessary in the 21 centuary

  • MARIA H. DEFRAGA commented on November 9, 2015 at 12:24 am


  • Colin Rose commented on November 22, 2015 at 10:31 am

    As farmers we used to keep livestock but our only justification was that we cared for them and each was an idividual with a name. Here in SW Norfolk we have a large “Traveller” population who still are not required to have one acre per animal as farmers do, nor are they required to keep animal passports as we had to. Their horses are often found on road verges tethered to a stake all day, or obstructing farmers, etc. in the lawful use of their land, without shelter, they often break free or are released by misguided youths… this causes fatalities and endangers the public. The ownership of these animals is often impossible to establish. We can no longer make exceptions for those who are unaccountable there must be a rule of law to protect all animals not just those held by one part of the community. The Police ( I was an SC) are slow to react, probably due to lack of recourses, and have little training in dealing with large animals. We also need to review the dangerous dogs Act so that dogs have the same rights to defend their homes as humans do.

  • Lynda barratt commented on November 23, 2015 at 7:12 am

    We have to stop torturing innocent animals,they dont belong to us & we do not have the right to abuse them,just because they are small and cant voice an opinion doesnt make it HAS to STOP NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • G. S. Johar commented on November 23, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    FINDING NOVELTY THROUGH CRUELTY AND CASUALTY IS UNPARDONABLE SIN : Searching for novelty through cruelty, thus causing casualty is the way scientists have been working since decades. This is an inhuman and monstrous act, and needs to be stopped. A stern resolution to this effect now deserves to be passed by the United Nations for ending such kinds of inhuman experiments in all laboratories of the world. I think the unheard silent cries of the hapless animals are surely causing immense misery to the world in the form of natural disasters, diseases, and accidents. The cruelty had been the vice of the ancient, and vanity is now that of modern world. The modern world must change itself now.

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