blessed support for pet campaign

Pictured is Brian Blessed on the steps of Sheffield City Hall as part of his 2000 miles bus tour around Engalnd,seeking signatures for the cat welfare charity 'Feline Friends'.Brian meets fellow cat lover Nigel Denial from Handsworth
Pictured is Brian Blessed on the steps of Sheffield City Hall as part of his 2000 miles bus tour around Engalnd,seeking signatures for the cat welfare charity 'Feline Friends'.Brian meets fellow cat lover Nigel Denial from Handsworth
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ACTOR Brian Blessed’s famous voice boomed out in Sheffield city centre on Tuesday as he launched a campaign on behalf of a local cats’ charity.

He has teamed up with Feline Friends, based at Old Tupton, Chesterfield, to lobby against a possible Government ban on electronic pet collars, which stop animals straying from back gardens.

The 74-year-old, from Goldthorpe near Mexborough, famous for his roles in sitcom Blackadder and sci-fi film Flash Gordon, pulled up in a campaign bus in Barkers Pool, encouraging passers-by to sign a petition.

He said: “It’s a humane system which saves pets from horrific injury and death on the roads and spares owners the misery of losing much-loved cats and dogs.”

The collars, already banned in Wales, are used with a perimeter fence.

In training, pets receive an electronic pulse when they hear a warning bleep.