Sky Sports News presenter Kirsty Gallacher is supporting the BUAV’s Our Best Friends campaign which calls on the Government to end the use of dogs and cats in experiments.
Kirsty said: “I was shocked to learn that cats and dogs are still being used for experimentation in the UK today. It is time such tests should end. Please support the BUAV’s Our Best Friends campaign and ask the Government to end the use of dogs and cats in UK laboratories. These animals should be experiencing the love of a family home, not the suffering within a laboratory.”
Home Office statistics report that 3,214 dogs and 202 cats were used in experiments in Great Britain in 2012. This represents a 6% increase for dogs and a 32% increase for cats on the previous year.
These cats and dogs endure a life of misery caged in laboratories where they may never see the sky or feel grass under their paws. These animals are not protected by the same law as domestic family dogs and cats, which means researchers can carry out experiments on them which may inflict severe suffering and harm.
Other celebrities who are supporting our campaign include Jilly Cooper, Ann Widdecombe, Ricky Gervais, Paul O’Grady, Kimberly Wyatt, Chris Packham, Helen Skelton, Dave Spikey and Wendy Turner Webster.