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Taking Our Best Friends to the politicians

I was delighted to receive guests at our  recent Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons where we  showcased  Our Best Friends campaign to end the use of cats and dogs in research and screened the film  from our most recent investigation, Born to Die.

We know that the public do not want this unnecessary suffering to continue and that is why we have to take it to the heart of politics, as this is the place where decisions can be made to prevent further suffering for cats and dogs in the UK.

After the film screening Shadow Home Office Minister, Diana Johnson MP, spoke to the room, emphasising that it was very important for the Government to respond to the strong public feeling on this issue. I was also delighted to have the support of Ed Balls, Shadow Chancellor and Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary for the Reception.

Many other politicians took the time to attend and discuss the objectives of our campaign and listen to Professor Michael Balls and the BUAV’s Science Adviser, Dr Jarrod Bailey who spoke about the scientific paper we co-authored with Professor Balls which is the most comprehensive analysis to date of the use of dogs for predicting drug toxicity in humans.

We have shown and detailed just how unpredictable these experiments are, yet thousands of canine lives continue to be sacrificed in vain each year. I hope you will continue to take action and support our campaign so we can spare this suffering.

In the meantime, I will continue to bring this issue to the attention of as many influential decision-makers as I possibly can. I leave you with the words of Henry Smith MP, who generously hosted our event and is dedicated to helping us achieve our campaign goal "Many people believe that even though they abhor the use of dogs in experiments it's something that is necessary to ensure that the drugs used by consumers and patients are safe.

"Not only is that a fallacy but actually it's quite dangerous.”  

Until next time…