Every year hundreds of cats and thousands of dogs suffer and die in cruel experiments in the UK. The BUAV believes this should end.
And there’s a further issue. Other animals may be used but are not killed as part of the experiment. Still others are bred for research but not used and considered ‘surplus to requirements.’ However, without any effort to release or find homes for them outside the laboratory, these animals are simply killed – denied the opportunity of freedom.
Bonnie and Billie, pictured above, are two female beagles used and discarded by an industry that treated them as nothing more than breeding machines to produce litter after litter of puppies for the research industry. In August 2013, they gave birth to 11 puppies, all of whom were used in an experiment and dead in just a few weeks. Bonnie and Billie, no longer serving a purpose, were due to be killed also.
However, they are the lucky ones – thanks to the BUAV they were saved from death, along with Oliver, a 5 month beagle puppy. A BUAV investigator was able to persuade MSD Animal Health to release these dogs. They now have loving homes and are quickly learning how enjoyable life can be!
But shockingly there is no law protecting dogs like Bonnie, Billie and Oliver once they have outlived their use in laboratories.
Please join our call on the Government to require laboratories to find homes for dogs, cats and other animals where possible.
Although other dogs also could have been released, the BUAV’s investigation at MSD Animal Health found the company had no system for finding homes for beagles such as Bonnie and Billie. Shockingly, it was easier for the laboratory to just kill them.
If you think cats and dogs deserve loving homes, please add your name to our petition.
Cats and dogs are Our Best Friends – they don’t belong in laboratories.
The BUAV’s Our Best Friends campaign is calling for an end to the use of all dogs and cats in laboratories. We believe cats and dogs deserve loving homes and should not be used in experiments.