MPs, animal advocates and BUAV supporters gathered to hear about the Our Best Friends campaign on Wednesday at the BUAV’s Parliamentary Reception. The event was attended by MPs from all parties and the BUAV was delighted to have the support of Ed Balls, Shadow Chancellor and Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary for the Reception.
The event, which was hosted by Henry Smith MP, reinforced the campaign’s call on the Government to end the use of cats and dogs in experiments in the UK. 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.
Over 50 MPs have now signed EDM 514 calling for an end to the use of cats and dogs in experiments. If your MP has not already done so, please contact them to urge them to sign.
During the Reception BUAV Chief Executive, Michelle Thew, spoke about the importance of the Our Best Friends campaign and the need to stop unscientific experiments on cats and dogs. Henry Smith MP also took the stage and told our guests some striking statistics about the use of cats and dogs in experiments and the public opinion of this – two thirds of the public want to see an end to these experiments.
Guests watched the Born To Die film about the latest BUAV investigation which reveals the heart breaking story of individual puppies, kittens, and other baby animals whose lives were callously cut short and their bodies butchered in a UK laboratory.
Following the film, the guests heard from Shadow Home Office Minister, Diana Johnson MP, who said she understood that a great many people would feel concerned about what the Born To Die film had shown and emphasised that it was very important for the Government to respond to the strong public feeling on this issue.
Also speaking at the event were Professor Michael Balls and the BUAV’s Dr Jarrod Bailey, co-authors with Michelle Thew of the most comprehensive analysis to date of the use of dogs for predicting drug toxicity in humans. As Dr Jarrod Bailey stated in his speech, “This new study has shown that using dogs in drug testing is not scientifically justifiable”.