April 24th is World Day for Animals in Laboratories. This is an international event to commemorate the millions of animals who suffer and die in laboratories. We estimate that around 115 million animals may be experimented on around the world each year. This is a shocking number and represents misery, pain and suffering on a massive scale. Animal experimentation is a multi-million pound industry operating across the world. It is an industry without borders, so it's important that the BUAV’s activities are too. We hope you will join us in using this time as an opportunity to highlight the suffering that is inflicted on nonhuman animals. Please support the our important international work to achieve a world where nobody wants or believes we need to experiment on animals.
This year the BUAV launched Cruelty Free International, the first ever global organization with a mission to end the use of product testing on animals worldwide. Over 80% of the world still allows animals to be used in cruel cosmetics tests and, in some countries, animal testing is actually required before a product can be sold. We are the global voice for animals who continue to suffer and die in the name of beauty. Please support this important campaign.
Please also join us in our campaign to end the international trade in primates for research. Each year hundreds of thousands of primates suffer in laboratories around the world. However, for many the laboratory is at the end of a long chain of suffering which these animals are forced to endure. Our recent harrowing investigations in Laos and Indonesia graphically illustrate the appalling suffering and cruelty inflicted on these highly sentient beings. The trauma of being torn from the wild, forcibly separated from their families, and the terrifying and lonely journey in small wooden crates as cargo on aircraft to research laboratories around the world is almost unimaginable.
In Mauritius, the world's second largest exporter of primates for research, the BUAV has launched Save our Monkeys, a campaign to raise awareness of and unify support for the monkeys of Mauritius. Save our Monkeys is a campaign dedicated to ending the cruel monkey trade. You can visit the Save Our Monkeys website and join the campaign on Facebook and Twitter. Please also share the BUAV’s Mauritius video, ‘Trading in Cruelty’.