With humane testing methods on the rise, animal experimentation is increasingly becoming an unnecessary component to scientific research. Still, the sheer number of animals that die for science remains high.
In the U.K. alone, 1.3 million animals – from mice and fish to chickens and dogs – are killed in research laboratories.
While the U.K. government recently released a policy paper aimed at “promoting the 3 R’s, reducing the number of animals used in experiments, refining the experiments to cause less harm, and replacing animals altogether,” as reported by OGP’s Alexis Croswell, changes don’t seem to be happening fast enough.
A brand new undercover investigation from the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) has revealed that young animals, including puppies and kittens, are being subjected to cruel testing by a MSD Animal Health laboratory for the sake of veterinary vaccines.
The BUAV reports that during its eight-month investigation in 2013, “92 beagle puppies, 10 adult nursing female beagles, at least 15 kittens and an unknown number of rabbits, calves and chickens were killed.”
Each of these animals endured a short life of cruelty and pain before they were killed and dissected.
According to the BUAV, tests were conducted on puppies as young as four weeks old and kittens as young as eight weeks. Some of the puppies used were taken away from their mothers soon after birth to be used in experiments. Their mothers, who were healthy beagles, were also killed after serving their purpose.
Outraged by these findings, celebrities voiced their anger on Twitter, including Wendy Turner Webster, Kirsty Gallagherr, and Greg Rutherford.
Ricky Gervais, famed English actor and comedian, has also spoken out against the MSD Animal Health’s cruelty toward these animals.
“I support the BUAV in their investigation to expose this kind of cruelty. This senseless waste of life cannot be justified. Please join me in asking for it to end,” Gervais said.
This isn’t the first time Gervais has stood up against animal abuse. He is in fact an active animal advocate, often taking to Twitter to express his disgust with how we treat other sentient beings in this day and age.
In 2013, he was even named PETA’s Person of the Year for his work campaigning against animal exploitation.
Stand up with Gervais and sign BUAV’s online petition urging MSD Animal Health to stop testing and killing puppies, kittens, and other young animals. You can also keep up with BUAV’s campaigns and action on Facebook and Twitter. Footage from BUAV’s undercover investigation is available on YouTube.
Image source: Ricky Gervais / Facebook