With a history spanning over 110 years, the BUAV has fought some hard-won battles and achieved much for animals in laboratories. But there is still a long way to go to create a world where nobody wants or believes we need to experiment on animals.
Here are some examples of our more recent successes:
BUAV launches Cruelty Free international, a new global organisation dedicated to ending product testing animals worldwide.
Following a high profile BUAV campaign, a planning application to breed and supply beagles to laboratories was rejected, sparing thousands of beagles from experimentation.
Leading supermarket, Sainsbury’s, is certified under the BUAV Humane Cosmetic Standard (HCS) - all Sainsbury’s own brand cosmetics and toiletries carry the Leaping Bunny logo.
American Airlines stops transporting monkeys destined for research. Other airlines including, Caribbean Airlines and Monarch Air, follow.
BUAV saves animals as the Veterinary Medicines Directorate announces that animal tests for 26 products are no longer required.
Thanks to the BUAV’s efforts, the European Medicines Agency announces action to reduce animal tests.
BUAV wins Freedom of Information victory in landmark ruling regarding controversial monkey experiments at Newcastle University.
Following years of campaigning by the BUAV, the UK government pledges to end the cruel use of animals to test household products.
The BUAV investigation into the cruel trade in primates for research in Mauritius, a major exporter of monkeys to UK laboratories, receives international media coverage.
Superdrug awarded certification under the BUAV’s Humane Cosmetic Standard for its own-brand beauty and toiletries range.
BUAV's undercover investigation at Wickham Laboratories exposes shocking animal cruelty, including for the first time, the appalling suffering inflicted on mice for the worldwide craze of using botox products, and major failings by the UK government.
The banning of cosmetics testing on animals within the European Union comes into effect. For nearly two decades, the BUAV and sister organization, ECEAE, has spearheaded the campaign across Europe to achieve this important ban.
We helped save an estimated 4.5 million animals from being used to test chemicals for REACH.
A BUAV investigation into the trade in primates for research in Cambodia and our compelling footage of wild monkeys torn from the wild receives extensive international media coverage.
Marks & Spencer became the first high street retailer to guarantee it sells only BUAV Approved ‘cruelty free’ household cleaning and beauty products. They were approved under the BUAV’s world-leading Humane Cosmetics and Household Products Standards.
The Malaysian Government announced its intention to reinstate the ban on exporting macaques for purposes including research after a campaign led by the BUAV with European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE).
Following a BUAV investigation at Cambridge University, we won a great victory in the first stage of our legal battle. The Government was found guilty in the High Court of turning a blind eye to the substantial suffering of animals in Home Office licensed experiments and consequently misleading the public over the extent of animal suffering in UK laboratories.
After a complicated and hard-fought five year campaign, Europe’s 'REACH' legislation (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances) incorporates a large proportion of the BUAV's campaign aims, potentially saving millions of animals from chemicals testing.
A major BUAV investigation at the contract testing company Covance in Germany uncovers the appalling reality for primates used in toxicity testing
Following vigorous campaigning and intervention by the BUAV and sister organisation the ECEAE, the EU agrees a Europe-wide ban on cosmetics animal testing - this will come into effect in a phased process ending 2013.
A BUAV investigation exposes animal suffering at Cambridge University. This leads to extensive national news coverage and legal action against the Government, challenging its application of the law on animal experiments.
A UK ban on the LD50 oral toxicity test which were used routinely to poison groups of animals until 50% of them died.
The BUAV brings a legal action against the Home Secretary for failing to direct researchers to use humane non-animal methods in the production of 'monoclonal antibodies' using mice. The Home Secretary settles the case out of court, pays all legal fees and ensures that these "unnecessary animal tests" (their words) no longer occur.
A BUAV investigation exposes, for the first time, the sickening trade in breeding beagles for the research in the UK.
Following years of campaigning by the BUAV,the UK Government bans the testing of cosmetics on animals.
The Humane Cosmetics Standard is launched by a coalition of international animal protection groups, including the BUAV - 140 companies sign up in the first year alone.
The UK Government bans the import of wild-caught primates into the UK for research thanks to the BUAV's Paradise Lost campaign.