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Please help our Best Friends

The BUAV Our Best Friends campaign seeks to end the use of the hundreds of cats and thousands of dogs who, every year, continue to suffer and die in cruel experiments in the UK. There is, however, a further issue – one of which many people are not aware. That is the many thousands of other animals who are used for breeding purposes or those who are bred for research but not used and considered ‘surplus to requirements.’ There are also those animals used in research but not killed as part of the experiment. Such individuals are usually just discarded. Without any effort to release or find homes for them outside the laboratory, they are simply killed – denied the opportunity of freedom. 

Take Bonnie and Billie, pictured here. They are two female beagles used and discarded by an industry that treated them as nothing more than breeding machines to produce litter after litter of puppies for the research industry. In August 2013, they gave birth to 11 puppies, all of whom were used in an experiment and dead in just a few weeks. Bonnie and Billie, no longer serving a purpose, were also due to be killed.

However, they are the lucky ones – thanks to the BUAV they were saved from death, along with Oliver, a five month beagle puppy. A BUAV investigator was able to persuade the laboratory to release these dogs.  They are now in loving homes and have quickly learnt how enjoyable life can be.

Although other dogs could also have been released, the BUAV’s investigation at MSD Animal Health in the UK found the company had no system for finding homes for beagles such as Bonnie and Billie. Shockingly, it was easier for the laboratory to just kill them.  

Shockingly, there is no law that protects dogs like Bonnie, Billie and Oliver once they have outlived their use in the breeding facility or laboratory. In fact, dogs such as Bonnie and Billie, kept for breeding purposes and ‘surplus’ dogs bred but never used in experiments do not even appear in the government’s annual statistics.

Please join our call on the Government to require laboratories to find homes for dogs, cats and other animals where possible.

Our mission is to achieve a world where no animal need suffer in a laboratory. We campaign to make a difference on a global scale and work to save the millions of animals who die each year around the world in the name of research.

That is why, in 2012, we founded our sister organisation, Cruelty Free International, to focus on our global campaign to end the use of animals in cosmetics testing.

Our campaign has been going from strength to strength with celebrated bans in the EU, India and San Paulo, Brazil. We are making great strides in countries like China, Korea, USA, Russia and Brazil and feel positive that a cruelty-free future for cosmetics is on the cards.

Sadly, in the UK, although there is a long standing animal testing ban in place for cosmetics, the same cannot be said for household products. Animals can continue to suffer for ingredient testing of products such as washing up liquid and toilet cleaner.

You can help support our call to the UK Government to not forget its promise to end the use of animals for household product tests: crueltyfreeinternational.org

As always, thank you for all that you continue to do for the animals.

Until next time…….