Today is World Day for Animals in Laboratories; an international event to remember the millions of animals who suffer and die in laboratories around the world. We estimate that each year around 115 million animals are used in experiments around the world. This represents a shocking amount of suffering.
Animal experimentation is a global multi-million pound industry. It is an industry without borders, so it's important that our campaigns are too. Cruelty Free International, set up by the BUAV, is the global voice for animals who continue to suffer and die in the name of beauty. We are a major force in exposing the international trade in primates for research. In Europe, the BUAV leads and provides the secretariat for the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) and we are also an active member of a number of international coalitions working to promote non-animal alternatives and end animal experiments.
As well as campaigning internationally to achieve a world where nobody wants or believes we need to experiment on animals, the BUAV’s work also helps to make a difference for individual animals used in research.
Here in the UK, the BUAV Our Best Friends campaign to end the use of cats and dogs in research has received widespread media coverage and support. We are delighted that our campaign has received the endorsement of many celebrities including Paul O’Grady, Ricky Gervais, Miranda Richardson, Jilly Cooper, Chris Packham, Kirsty Gallacher and Greg Rutherford among others.
Our most recent investigation – Born to Die – has revealed how one UK laboratory, MSD Animal Health, is routinely killing dogs who are ‘no longer required’. We know from other investigations carried out by the BUAV that this also happens to other animals in other laboratories and breeding centres.
During our investigation, we were able to save the lives of three of these dogs and 33 chickens. All these animals have now been placed in secure, loving homes and will never need fear for their life again. Puppy, Oliver, was from a litter of seven but sadly his siblings and mother were all killed and never experienced freedom or the joys of a loving family.
This World Day for Animals in Laboratories, we are reiterating our call for an end to cruel and outdated animal tests while also appealing to the Home Office to make it a mandatory requirement for laboratories to find homes for dogs, cats and other animals ‘no longer required’ where possible. We believe that steps can be made to change the lives of individual animals in laboratories, while we campaign for freedom for them all.
Oliver, Bonnie and Billie were lucky enough to make it to this World Day for Animals in Laboratories but, sadly, for thousands of others it is a very different, and tragic, fate.
Thank you for your continued support for our work and for everything you do for the animals.
Until next time…….