Earlier this year, a BUAV investigation at MSD Animal Health not only revealed the use of puppies in experiments, but also the routine killing of dogs and puppies at the UK facility.
Puppies were separated from their mothers at a very young age, some just over four weeks, to be used in tests. There was routine killing of puppies from five weeks of age and of healthy female adult beagles once their puppies were taken away for experiments.
Although a BUAV investigator was able to persuade the facility to allow one puppy and two breeding females to be released, there was a shocking lack of effort to find homes for those adult and puppy beagles who were no longer required or could have been released at the end of the experiments. Instead they were all simply killed.
Dog owners have backed the campaign to ask MSD Animal Health to end these experiments by taking to social network channels and sharing exactly why every dog should be ‘born to live’. Hundreds of animal lovers have posted the images with captions as to exactly why each and every one of their companion animals they share their home with has a right to life.
Head of Campaigns, Carla Owen, said: “It is deeply saddening to think about all the dogs who could have been given the chance of happiness but instead were callously discarded by MSD Animal Health. This is especially reflected in all the photographs of beagles that supporters have been submitting. Beagles are the main breed of dog used in UK research and it is a sad roulette of life that some have the opportunity to run and play, as we can see from the photo submissions, and some are simply born to die in a laboratory. We hope that this stark comparison will encourage more people to back our campaign and call on the Government to end these experiments once and for all.”
During the BUAV investigation, 92 beagle puppies, 10 adult nursing female beagles and at least 15 kittens were killed at the laboratory. In addition many chickens, rabbits and calves were also used and killed.
The BUAV launched the Our Best Friends campaign to end the use of thousands of dogs and hundreds of cats in research every year in the UK. Despite widespread public concern about the use of cats and dogs in research, because of the secrecy surrounding animal research very little is known about the suffering they are forced to endure. The BUAV’s revelations about what happens inside one UK laboratory will be especially shocking for the millions of families across the UK who share their homes and lives with cats and dogs.