Countryfile and ex-Blue Peter presenter, Helen Skelton, is supporting Our Best Friends, a BUAV campaign calling on the Government to end the use of dogs and cats in experiments.
Helen has a history of working with animals and a love for dogs. Helen adopted former stray Barney, an Irish Setter/Dachshund cross, whilst working as a presenter on Blue Peter.
Helen said: “I have always enjoyed working alongside animals and it is heart-breaking to imagine all the cats and dogs who don’t get to experience life outdoors. There are hundreds of dogs and cats confined to research laboratories. Please join the BUAV’s Our Best Friends campaign and call on the government to ban animal tests on dogs and cats in the UK.”
Home Office statistics report that 3,214 dogs and 202 cats were used in experiments in Great Britain in 2012. This represents a 6% increase for dogs and a 32% increase for cats on the previous year.
These cats and dogs endure a life of misery caged in laboratories where they may never see the sky or feel grass under their paws. These animals are not protected by the same law as domestic family dogs and cats, which means researchers can carry out experiments on them which may inflict severe suffering and harm.