No animal testing for Carley

West End actress Carley Stenson, of Billinge
West End actress Carley Stenson, of Billinge

CARLEY Stenson has shown her support for a campaign against testing on dogs.

The former Hollyoaks star, who grew up in Billinge, is backing British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) on their call on the Planning Inspectorate to reject an appeal to construct a new facility to breed and supply dogs to the research industry. Bantin & Kingman Universal Ltd is appealing a decision after plans for a new beagle breeding facility was rejected by East Riding Council.

Comedian Ricky Gervais, and TV presenter and wildlife expert Chris Packham have also joined the crusade. Carley, who is now a West End star, said: “Dogs are our best friends, they do not belong in a laboratory. I was therefore shocked to learn that consideration is being given to a new facility in Yorkshire to breed beagles for animal testing. Please join me and the BUAV and ask for this appeal to be immediately rejected.”

Meanwhile, Carley’s ex-boyfriend, and former Billinge resident Ricky Whittle, is back on our TV screens. He stars in The 100, an American post-apocalyptic drama television series, which will be shown on E4 on Mondays at 9pm. He plays Lincoln, who falls in love and betrays his tribe.