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Olympic-winning long-jumper, Greg Rutherford, is a champion for the animals as he joins Our Best Friends campaign to speak out for cats and dogs in UK experiments

30/01/2014

Gold medal winner, Greg Rutherford, has shone today for the animals as he has spoken out in support of our campaign to end the use of cats and dogs in UK experiments.

Greg has joined forces with the BUAV for its Our Best Friends campaign calling on the UK Government to stop this senseless suffering.

Greg said: “I was shocked when I learnt from the BUAV that dogs and cats are still used in UK experiments. I support the Our Best Friends campaign because these animals deserve the freedom to run and jump and play, not be confined to laboratory cages. Please find out more today about how you can be a part of ending their suffering once and for all.”

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.

Most experiments carried out on dogs are for testing drugs and chemicals. They are often used in toxicity (or poisoning) tests. The dogs may be injected with or force fed drugs and chemicals and then observed for signs of adverse (toxic) effects including vomiting, diarrhoea, internal bleeding and organ damage, seizures, paralysis - even death. They are killed at the end of the experiment.

The BUAV Chief Executive, Michelle Thew, said: “Dogs and cats are our best friends - they do not belong in laboratories. We are delighted to have the support of Greg and urge the public to join us in our campaign to end experiments on cats and dogs. Please sign and share our petition today ourbestfriends.org/petition.”

Other celebrities who are supporting our campaign include Mary McCartney, Kirsty Gallacher, Jilly Cooper, Ann Widdecombe, Miranda Richardson, Ricky Gervais, Paul O’Grady, Kimberly Wyatt, Chris Packham, Helen Skelton, Dave Spikey and Wendy Turner Webster.

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SIGN AND SHARE our petition calling on the UK Government to ban the use of cats and dogs in research.

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