Sarah Jane, best known for her work as a comedy actress, has posed with her boyfriend, Hollyoaks star Ayden Callaghan, in Our Best Friend t-shirts to encourage supporters to call on the UK Government to end the use of cats and dogs in experiments.
Sarah Jane said: “As a lifelong animal lover I am shocked to hear that experiments on cats and dogs are still taking place in the UK. Many people are unaware that there are thousands of dogs who will only ever know life inside a laboratory, having been born for the sole purpose of enduring cruel and unnecessary tests. I am joining the BUAV Our Best Friends campaign in order to raise awareness of the plight of these innocent animals. Please get involved today and ask for the government to stop this cruelty once and for all.”
The UK is often said to be a nation of animal lovers, with dogs and cats our most popular companion animals, yet they continue to be harmed in cruel experiments and there is no government policy to reduce their use, let alone bring it to an end.
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.
The BUAV Chief Executive, Michelle Thew, said: “We thank Sarah Jane and Ayden for their support and urge the public to join us to make their voices heard, by writing to their MPs to sign EDM 514 and by signing our petition today at ourbestfriends.org/petition.”
Other celebrities who are supporting our campaign include Greg Rutherford, Mary McCartney, Kirsty Gallacher, Jilly Cooper, Ricky Gervais, Paul O’Grady, Kimberly Wyatt, Chris Packham, Helen Skelton, Dave Spikey, Miranda Richardson, Wendy Turner Webster and Ann Widdecombe.