Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Secretary of State, Home Office: Stop animal research at Imperial College London
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Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Secretary of State, Home Office: Stop animal research at Imperial College London

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      British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection

An undercover investigation carried out by the BUAV has exposed appalling suffering and wrong-doing inside one of the UK’s leading universities, Imperial College London, ranked as one of the best in the world. Despite Government and industry claims that the UK has strong regulations in place, the BUAV has uncovered a catalogue of suffering and wrongdoing.

Behind the closed doors of this ‘world-leading’ university, the BUAV investigator discovered a nightmare world for animals used in experiments: animals who suffered even more than was allowed by the experiment because of staff incompetence and neglect; a failure to provide adequate anaesthesia and pain relief; breaches and lack of knowledge of UK Home Office project licences and the shocking way in which animals were killed.

The harrowing experiments carried out at Imperial College during the investigation involved the deliberate infliction of major organ damage, surgical mutilation and invasive head surgery to implant cannulas (tubes) so that substances could be directly injected into the brain. Some animals were forced to run on treadmills to exhaustion to avoid electric shocks, others were restrained while a long tube was forced down their throats and substances injected directly into their stomachs.

This investigation has shed new light on the daily reality for animals in laboratories and the ordeal they are forced to endure. Their suffering was often severe and could include a high degree of pain, distress, weeping or bleeding head or abdomen wounds, diarrhoea, lethargy or hypothermia. Many animals died during or after the surgery; and others had to be killed because the level of their suffering was so great.

The BUAV is calling on the Home Secretary to revoke Imperial College’s Establishment Licence, stopping them from carrying out further animal research, and launch a full and independent inquiry in the concerns raised by the BUAV investigation.

Former Imperial College student and Queen guitarist Dr Brian May has spoken out against the university and backed our call for an independent inquiry:

“I am shocked and saddened to see these revelations. And ashamed that it could have taken place in the University of my own training, in which I have had so much pride.

I can only fully support the work of BUAV and the RSPCA in conducting a full inquiry.

And I hope the result will be that this appalling cruelty will never be allowed to happen again.

Research on animals is an outdated concept - unethical, and unsupportable now that it is known that it yields false results.

There is now, in every case, a better alternative.

Experimentation on animals must now come to an end, and I urge Imperial College to use this opportunity to put all cruelty in the past, by eliminating animal experimentation, and thereby set an example to the world.”

Watch the investigation film and find out more about the investigation: http://licensedtokill.buav.org

Please give a voice to these animals and take a stand against the terrible suffering at Imperial College London by signing this petition.

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      • about 7 hours ago

      all the experiments on these poor animals don´t serve science, it is only pure horror and unthinkable torture for the animals conducted by people who don't have a reason and any qualification and education about what they do and allowed to do.

      It is a shame on the universities that such a practice is allowed. I demand that all animal experiments must be banned stopped for ever, we are living in the 21st century and do not need unnecessary animal experiments.I can´t comprehend with this cruelty to animals that is done by humans, are they humans? ask yourselves what this should be good for it doesn't help human conditions either, just all is insane and only pure cruelty to animals.

    • alex byers BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
      • about 8 hours ago

      It is impossible to tell the difference between these 'researchers' and people dealing with animals in slaughterhouses. If there is a difference, it is that the slaughterers are kinder. We need to get rid of the idea we are somehow licenced to do whatever we want with animals. What right have we got to do these barbaric things?

      • 1 day ago


      Slaughter(You) should be given severe punishment .

      What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone,

      man would die from a great loneliness of the spirit. For

      whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things

      are connected. (Chief Seattle)The greatness of a nation can be

      judged by the way its animals are treated (GANDHI)

      Animals have minimum right to live as animal. Animals are same

      as human! Usually, terrible things that are done with the

      excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at

      all, but just terrible things !

      Don't kill the innocent animal

      Animals Are Not Ours to Wear!

      Animals Are Not Ours to Use for Experiments !

      Animals Are Not Ours to Use for Entertainment !

      Animals Are Not Ours To Eat !

      Carnivorous who often disease.

      Spread influenza from eating and killing animals

      Animals Are Not Ours to Abuse in Any Way!!

      Slaughter(You) cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by

      evading it today.

      The deed comes back upon the doer!! Certainly

      YOU are CURSED by Animals


    • Madeleine Ogden LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 2 days ago

      As a bioveterinary science student I am appalled that researchers of one of the UK's top Universities is doing such horrible things. After learning about animal protection in my course it is unbelievable to see these laws being violated by the very people who have been teaching them.

      • 2 days ago

      The torture of these gentle creatures is totally sickening, the people carrying out these experiments must become non-human!


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