Dogs and cats don’t belong in laboratories
Each year hundreds of cats and thousands of dogs are harmed in cruel animal experiments in the UK. Many will never see the sky, breath fresh air or feel grass beneath their feet. Instead they will be forced to spend their lives inside a laboratory, used in painful tests from which death may be their only escape.
Shockingly, a Cruelty Free International investigation has uncovered animal experiments carried out in the UK on four-week old puppies and eight-week old kittens. It’s a heart-breaking secret that the animal research industry would never want you to find out about.
Sadly these animals are not protected by the same law as the cats and dogs so many of us share our homes with. Instead, the UK Government gives licenses to animal researchers to carry out animal testing. These experiments may cause severe suffering and harm to the cats and dogs forced to live – and die – in laboratories.
Cruelty Free International is calling on the new UK Government to ban the use of cats and dogs in experiments. If you agree cats and dogs belong in loving homes, not laboratories, please sign the petition to save them.
66% of UK adults believe European laws should not allow experiments causing pain and suffering to cats, and 67% believe the same of dogs.*
Yet In 2013, 109 cats and kittens suffered in 270 animal tests in Great Britain. And in the same year, 3554 dogs and puppies also suffered in 4779 animal testing in Britain.
Recent UK cat experiments have included:
- Cats forced to undergo brain surgery to implant electrodes in their heads
- Cats reared in the dark or having one eye stitched close
- Cats deliberately paralysed to stop them from moving or breathing
Recent UK dogs experiments have included:
- Dogs injected with or force-fed drugs and chemicals
- Dogs having tubes surgically implanted into their stomachs or other organs
- Dogs suffering from vomiting, diarrhoea, internal bleeding, organ damage, seizures, paralysis and death
Cats are used in experiments for nutrition research by pet food companies, for veterinary medicine and ‘fundamental’ biological research. Fundamental biological research is often carried out by university researchers who want to find out how cats ‘work’. Cruelty Free International has uncovered shocking experiments on cats carried out by UK researchers.
Beagles are the most common breed of dog used in experiments, often to test drugs and chemicals. Dogs may be used as the ‘second species’ in testing drugs after experiments have already been carried out on mice or rats.
A ground-breaking scientific study carried out by Cruelty Free International and FRAME has shown that using dogs to predict how humans will respond to drugs is NOT scientifically justifiable.
* YouGov survey for the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments, 2009.
I love my dogs and would do anything to protect them. I was shocked to discover that so many dogs and cats are forced to suffer in experiments, right here in the UK. I am delighted to support the campaign to end these cruel tests on our best friends. Paul O' Grady