James Bowen, may be the UK’s most famous busker after the story of his life with ginger cat, Bob, was turned into a best-selling book which has sold over one million copies and has been translated into 29 languages around the world.
Bob has fans from all walks of life and accompanies James everywhere from book signings to TV interviews and literary fairs. It is detailed in the book ‘A Street Cat named Bob’ that James accredits his recovery from drugs and his conviction to stay healthy to his beloved cat, who simply turned up one day out of the blue needing treatment for an injury and eventually started following James when he travelled to busk in Central London.
James’ passion for cats isn’t just limited to his own feline, however, and he has joined forces with the BUAV for its Our Best Friends campaign calling on the UK Government to end the use of cats and dogs in experiments.
James said:“Bob is my best friend, we look out for each other and there is no doubt I wouldn’t be where I am today without him. Knowing just how clever, sociable, loving and cheeky cats can be, it is horrible to imagine that there are many suffering in UK laboratories. Instead of companionship and adventures, they will experience only pain. That is why I am supporting the BUAV’s Our Best Friends campaign and asking for the Government to ban experiments on cats and dogs. Please sign the petition today, thank you.”
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.
The BUAV Chief Executive, Michelle Thew, said:“In the UK, cats and dogs are 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. We thank James for his 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 Mary McCartney, Kirsty Gallacher, Jilly Cooper, Ann Widdecombe, Miranda Richardson, Ricky Gervais, Paul O’Grady, Kimberly Wyatt, Chris Packham, Helen Skelton, Dave Spikey and Wendy Turner Webster.
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