Today is World Day for Animals in Laboratories. It is an international event to remember the millions of animals who suffer and die in laboratories around the world.
This year, the BUAV is highlighting the plight of animals suffering in experiments at Imperial College London, one of the UK’s leading universities and ranked eighth in the world.
A BUAV investigator worked for seven months at Imperial College, and documented a catalogue of shortcomings and wrongdoing by researchers and staff that caused substantial distress and suffering to the rats and mice in its care, even more than was already allowed in the experiments. Our findings included breaches in and lack of knowledge of UK Home Office project licences; incompetence and neglect; a failure to provide adequate anaesthesia and pain relief. Much of the evidence accumulated by the BUAV investigator included statements by the researchers and staff themselves; their own admissions of wrongdoing, neglect and incompetence.
In 2011, (the most recent year for which statistics are available) over 3.7 million animals were used in experiments in the UK. This included 2,679,763 mice and 271,535 rats. 50% of all animal experiments carried out in the UK take place in universities; much of it publicly funded.
On this World Day for Animals in Laboratories, please support our campaigns to end animal suffering. Sign our petition urging the Home Secretary to take action against Imperial College and write to your MP asking them to show their support for our Broken Promises campaign (EDM 405), our call for an independent inquiry following our investigation at Imperial College London (EDM 1286) and our call for animal experiments to be open to transparent and informed debate (EDM 716).
We ask that you also join us (wherever you are) in holding a minute's silence at 20:00 GMT today as we remember these individuals and all other animals around the world suffering in laboratories. Please spread the word by inviting friends to this event.