The BUAV has worked with MPs to table a parliamentary motion to call on the Government to ban the use of cats and dogs in experiments.
Hundreds of cats and thousands of dogs suffer in animal tests every year in the UK and shocking Government statistics, released in July, showed that the numbers are increasing. Between 2011 and 2012, the number of cats and kittens used in experiments increased by 32% and the number of dogs and puppies increased by 12%.
Early Day Motion 514, which has been tabled by Jim Dowd MP with cross-party support states:
“That this House notes that 202 cats and 3,214 dogs were used in experiments in Great Britain in 2012; believes that many people will find it unacceptable that these animals continue to be used in laboratories, with one in four homes being shared with at least one dog and one in five being shared with at least one cat; further notes that many people consider their companion animals to be their best friends and would not want them, or any other companion animals to be used in laboratories; and supports the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection in calling on the Government to issue a policy statement to end the use of cats and dogs in experiments.”