Actress Maggie Q is spearheading a new campaign aimed at halting a planned rabies experiment in Taiwan, which will claim the lives of puppies.
Officials at the Taiwanese Council of Agriculture are planning to inject rabies into beagle puppies and watch as they succumb to partial paralysis, anxiety, confusion, hallucinations, painful muscle spasms and eventually death in a bid to understand what the disease does to animals and how it might be halted.
The experiment has appalled dog lovers throughout Taiwan and now activists at The Physicians Committee, a non-profit of 10,000 concerned doctors, have attacked the plans, and they've called on the Live Free & Die Hard star to help them shut down the injections.
Spokesperson Carrie Clyne tells Wenn, "This all started when a rabid ferret badger bit a puppy and the puppy died. The experts then decided it was time to experiment of the beagle puppies, which caused a public outcry. It would make a lot more sense for people to vaccinate their pets against rabies."
Animal lover Maggie Q, who has filmed in Taiwan, agreed to help the organisation fight the planned injections and she has written a letter to the Coa in a bid to stop the experiments.
She writes, "I strongly believe that the lives of animals matter and that we must not cause harm to one to protect another when the only result will be to prove what has already been repeatedly demonstrated."
Clyne adds, "It is already well known that rabies can infect warm-blooded animals, so these experiments will prove nothing."