The BUAV has launched Cat Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness and campaigning to end the use of cats and kittens in research. Joined by comedian and author, Alexei Sayle, the BUAV is calling on the UK Government to listen to public opinion and take action to ban experiments on cats.
Alexei said:“As a cat owner myself I know what wonderful companions they can be and how affectionate, intelligent and playful. That is why I am joining with the BUAV to ask the UK Government to bring an end to the use of all cats in experimentation. It is time to stop this cruel and unnecessary suffering.”
Under the banner ‘Cats and dogs are our best friends – they don’t belong in laboratories’, the BUAV is asking for the Government to end their use in experiments in the UK.
CEO of the BUAV, Michelle Thew, said:“Over 5 million families in the UK share their home with one or more cats yet these much loved animals are still being used in cruel experiments in which they can be subjected to invasive brain surgery or deliberately deprived of light or vision by being raised in total darkness or by having their eyelids sewn shut. Much of the research is fundamental and the BUAV believes that sophisticated alternative techniques, which do not involve animal suffering, should be used instead. We are calling on the Government to end the cruel use of cats in UK laboratories.’’
Other high-profile spokespeople to join the Our Best Friends campaign include Ricky Gervais, Jilly Cooper, Chris Packham, Kirsty Gallacher, Greg Rutherford and Mary McCartney.