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BUAV uncovers Imperial College London links with overseas dog experiments


A recent BUAV investigation at Imperial College London uncovered staff incompetence and neglect which resulted in appalling animal suffering involving rats and mice. The BUAV findings are the subject of an investigation by the Home Office.

The BUAV can also reveal that researchers from Imperial College London have been involved in sickening experiments on dogs carried out in overseas laboratories. Examples include:  

In one experiment that took place in Canada, atrial fibrillation (a disorder that causes the heart to beat irregularly) was artificially induced in mongrel dogs. Thirteen dogs were surgically implanted with electronic pacemakers that made their heart beat much faster than usual. They were allowed to recover and lived for either one more day or two weeks with the pacemaker. A further 13 dogs, used as 'control' animals, were also subjected to surgery to insert a pacemaker which was not switched on. The chests of all 26 dogs were split open and tubes were inserted into their arteries to measure blood pressure and electrodes attached to their heart chambers. At the end of the surgery, all the dogs were killed and their hearts were dissected for analysis. The study received funding from the British Heart Foundation. 

In another experiment carried out in the USA, mongrel dogs were used to investigate changes in heart wall stress and stretching associated with heart disease. The dogs were anesthetised before undergoing open-chest surgery where part of their heart was stretched by 22% for six hours using a stretching device that was sewed directly onto their heart muscle. The dogs were then killed by electrical stimulation of the heart before their hearts were dissected. The experiment was carried out by researchers from Imperial College London and St. Mary’s Hospital in the UK and researchers from Columbia University in the USA. The experiment was funded by the British Heart Foundation and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre in the UK.

The BUAV 'Our Best Friends' campaign, to end the use of cats and dogs in research, was recently launched with the support of Paul O’Grady, star of the popular TV show, 'For the Love of Dogs'.

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Read more about the shocking experiments on cats and dogs revealed by the BUAV in the Sunday Express: