As a result of our investigation and a subsequent legal complaint to the European Commission, formal legal proceedings were initiated against Portugal for failure to correctly implement Directive 86/609/EEC, prohibiting the use of stray dogs in experiments.
In Poland, BUAV investigators uncovered appalling evidence of laboratory animal suffering. BUAV investigators travelled to Poland in 1995, shortly after it had applied to join the European Union. The conditions for laboratory animals we discovered there were some of the worst ever seen by the BUAV. According to the researchers, the cats and dogs used in the experiments our investigator witnessed had been collected from the streets and supplied to the laboratories by animal dealers. Using stray animals and ex-pets was apparently commonplace in Poland.
More recently, the BUAV obtained evidence that Belgium was breaching European legislation by allowing the widespread use of stray cats and dogs for research. Cats and dogs were filmed in a number of Belgian laboratories, some of whom were being kept in appalling conditions. A legal complaint submitted by the BUAV to the European Commission resulted in the initiation of formal legal proceedings against Belgium for the failure to comply with Directive 86/609/EEC.