UK Government Faces Calls To Ban Experiments On Dogs

Campaigners want to secure a Parliamentary debate on the issue
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Beagles are often used in tests because of their gentle, trusting nature (Photo: Understanding Animal Testing)

Beagles are often used in tests because of their gentle, trusting nature (Photo: Understanding Animal Testing)

Animal welfarists have launched a campaign calling on the Government to end the use of dogs in UK experiments by 2020.

Thousands of dogs are used in chemical tests the UK every year - despite the availability of alternate methods.

As part of the campaign - led by Cruelty Free International - a billboard was unveiled at Hastings Railway Station in East Sussex. In addition, a petition has been launched. Once the petition reaches 10,000 signatures, the Government will respond to it. At 100,000, a Parliamentary debate on the issue can be secured.

scientist in a lab

Campaigners say there are more humane methods available

'Animal lovers'

Cruelty Free International Chief Executive, Michelle Thew, said: "As a nation of animal lovers, the UK should lead the way in ending dog experiments.

"Tests on dogs are unethical and outdated and there are many credible and effective alternatives that can be used instead. We call on the Home Office to review and put in place a roadmap to end the suffering of our canine friends in UK laboratories."

Carol Cleveland, actor and comedian, (most notable for her work with Monty Python), added: "I'm delighted to support Cruelty Free International and speak out for those who can’t speak for themselves. I urge everyone to sign the Cruelty Free International petition and put a stop to these vile and unnecessary experiments."

You cansign the petition here