Their Best Friends - helping us end the use of cats and dogs in research

Wendy
Turner
Webster

TV Presenter and Animal Advocate

" I fully back the BUAV’s call that laboratories should be required to work with reputable animal shelters and organisations to find homes for animals who are no longer required, rather than kill them. These animals deserve a chance to find happiness... they are not soiled goods which are only fit for the scrap heap. "

Pam
Ayres

Writer, Broadcaster and Entertainer

" Whatever the arguments in favour might be, I detest the sight of animals in laboratories being used in this way. I feel saddened and revolted that their desolate lives end in euthanasia. Certainly if any of these animals are in a condition where they can enjoy a new, loving home, I am massively in favour of them having one. I would love to think that any animal, from a mouse to a beagle, could finally have loving care and a safe home. "

Sue
Johnston

Actress

" It is shocking that there is no requirement for laboratories to release dogs once they are no longer required in research. Many could be given the chance to find a home, which is why I support the BUAV’s campaign that laboratories should be required to find homes for animals, wherever possible, rather than kill them and deny them a chance at happiness and freedom. "

John
Nettles

Actor

" I was surprised, and saddened, to learn from the BUAV that there are many animals bred for research but not used and considered ‘surplus to requirements.’ However, without any effort to release or find homes for them outside the laboratory, these animals are simply killed. They should not be denied the opportunity of freedom so please join me in calling on the Home Office to make the homing of cats, dogs and other animals “no longer required” a mandatory requirement for laboratories. "

Jilly
Goolden

Wine critic, Journalist and TV presenter

" I fully support the BUAV’s Our Best Friends campaign and ask that the Government move to make it mandatory for cats, dogs and other animals to be released from laboratories and found homes, where possible. "

Carley
Stenson

Actress

" Dogs are our best friends, they do not belong in a laboratory. I was therefore shocked to learn that consideration is being given to a new facility in Yorkshire to breed beagles for animal testing. Please join me and the BUAV and ask for this appeal to be immediately rejected. "

Sara
Pascoe

Comedian and actor

" Animal testing is no laughing matter and cats and dogs do not belong in laboratories. Please join the BUAV’s Our Best Friends campaign. Thank you. "

Chris
Packham

Britain’s most renowned Wildlife presenter

" My two dogs, Itchy and Scratchy, don’t just share my home, but also my life and they have been a joy since the first day we welcomed them into my house. It is hard and terribly saddening to know that there are hundreds of dogs living in laboratories in the UK, who will never know the love of a family home and will only experience pain whilst being used in tests. That is why I am supporting the BUAV’s Our Best Friends campaign to call on the government to end animal experimentation on dogs and cats in the UK. Please join us and do the same. "

Ricky
Gervais

International comedian, actor, voice actor, director, producer, musician, writer, and former radio presenter.

" Cats share our homes, they are loving, loyal and playful and they deserve a safe and happy life, not one of suffering. That’s why I am supporting the Our Best Friends campaign, taking action to bring a stop to the suffering of cats and dogs in UK laboratories. Take a look at ourbestfriends.org and sign the petition today at ourbestfriends.org/petition. "

James Bowen
and Bob

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.

" 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. "

Jilly
Cooper

One of Britain’s most beloved authors

" My two greyhounds truly are my best friends and I adore sharing my home with them and enjoy our adventures together. It is utterly appalling to hear about the high numbers of dogs still used in experiments in the UK who never experience the love of a family or the joy of playing in a park. I am supporting the BUAV’s Our Best Friends campaign to call on the UK government to ban this hideous experimentation on dogs and cats and I urge you please to do the same. "

Kimberly
Wyatt

Ex-Pussycat Doll and ‘Got to Dance’ judge

" I absolutely love animals which is why I am so upset to learn that there are still so many dogs and cats suffering in UK laboratories for animal testing. Please join me and the BUAV in calling on the Government to ban these cruel experiments once and for all! You can find out more at OurBestFriends.org. "

Greg
Rutherford

Gold-winning Olympic long jumper

" I was shocked when I learnt from the BUAV that dogs and cats are still used in UK experiments. I support the Our Best Friends campaign because these animals deserve the freedom to run and jump and play, not be confined to laboratory cages. Please find out more today about how you can be a part of ending their suffering once and for all www.ourbestfriends.org "

Victoria
Stilwell

International canine expert and presenter of 'It's me or the Dog'

" I have met thousands of wonderful dogs throughout my career and it is heart-breaking to think that dogs are still suffering in experiments. Dogs are our best friends and deserve to experience companionship, the excitement of going for a walk and the comfort and safety of a loving home. It is truly saddening that, in the UK, thousands of dogs are born to suffer and die inside laboratories. I know just how varied and wonderful the canine character can be and how much dogs enrich our lives. That is why I am supporting the BUAV Our Best Friends campaign. Please join me and get involved to put an end to the use of dogs in research in the UK. "

Ainsley
Harriott

TV presenter and cook

" Cats and dogs are our best friends. Quite simply, they don’t belong in a laboratory but in safe, loving homes where they can enjoy comfort and freedom. Please join me and the BUAV in calling for these experiments to end. Thank you. "

Sarah
Jagger

Beauty expert, Sarah Jagger is a member of ITV This Morning’s ‘The Beauty Belle’s’

" Truly beautiful people care about animals and would wish to stop senseless suffering wherever possible. That is why I encourage everyone to join the BUAV Our Best Friends campaign so together we can end the use of cats and dogs in UK experiments. "

Janey
Jones

Multi-million selling children’s author of the Princess Poppy series

" My Labrador, Buddy, is my trusted other. He knows EVERYTHING. His soulful eyes say more than words ever could. He likes routine so he helps me keep a routine. He likes all his loved people rounded up together. A straggler on a walk will be herded back into the gang. When he joined us as a baby, I was definitely mummy. He was frustrating - ate every last bit of my best gold sandals and lots of pretty bras. He was silly, naughty, funny, puppy-ish. But somewhere along the line, he has matured beyond me. I tell him my woes, he listens wisely. Still sits on my lap which comforts us both. Sometimes he's puppy-ish on his walks. I hope that never ends. The thought of dogs being used in experiments is deeply shocking and that's why I support the BUAV Our Best Friends campaign to ban such experimentation. "

Liz Barclay

Business guru and the Independent on Sunday columnist

" A house isn't a home to me without dogs or cats. My cats Haggis and Neeps are part of my family and definitely my best friends. They're the latest in a long line of wonderful cats and dogs that have given me a lifetime of love and companionship as well as a fund of brilliant stories and a lot of laughter. I can't bear to think of any of them having been experimented on and I don't want others to suffer either. So I'm supporting this campaign by BUAV calling on the government to end experimentation on dogs and cats in the UK. Please support it too.” "

Miranda
Richardson

BAFTA and multiple Golden Globe-winning actress

" Millions of families in the UK share their home with a dog or cat. They enrich our lives and bring us so much happiness. It is, therefore, unacceptable to me that in this day and age cats and dogs are still being tested on in UK laboratories. Please join me and sign the BUAV’s petition to call on the Government to end these cruel and outdated tests once and for all. "

Sarah Jayne
Honeywell

Children's TV and comedy actress

" As a lifelong animal lover I am shocked to hear that experiments on cats and dogs are still taking place in the UK. Many people are unaware that there are thousands of dogs who will only ever know life inside a laboratory, having been born for the sole purpose of enduring cruel and unnecessary tests. I am joining the BUAV Our Best Friends campaign in order to raise awareness of the plight of these innocent animals. Please get involved today and ask for the government to stop this cruelty once and for all. "

Marc
Abraham

BBC and ITV resident vet Marc Abraham

" I'm supporting the Our Best Friends campaign because cats and dogs should not belong in laboratories. "

Mary
McCartney

World-renowned Photographer

" Animals have always been an incredibly important part of my life since I was very young and it is saddening to know that many dogs and cats, who should be enjoying life in a family home, are instead subjected to painful research tests. Please join me and the BUAV to call on the UK government to bring an end to experimentation on cats and dogs. Find out more at www.ourbestfriends.org "

Kirsty
Gallacher

Sky Sports News presenter

" I was shocked to learn that cats and dogs are still being used for experimentation in the UK today. It is time such tests should end. Please support the BUAV’s Our Best Friends campaign and ask the Government to end the use of dogs and cats in UK laboratories. These animals should be experiencing the love of a family home, not the suffering within a laboratory. "

Ann
Widdecombe

Former MP Ann Widdecombe

" Our family pets bring us so much happiness and they look to us to keep them healthy and safe. It is distressing to hear that cats, kittens and dogs are still used in experiments, spending their lives confined in laboratories. It is time for the UK government to bring to an end experimentation on dogs and cats. That is why I am supporting the BUAV’s Our Best Friends campaign. Please join me and together we can end this suffering. "

Ayden
Callaghan

Join Ayden Callaghan, Hollyoaks star, and support Our Best Friends and end the use of cats and dogs in UK laboratories.

" www.ourbestfriends.org/petition "

Helen
Skelton

Countryfile and ex-Blue Peter presenter

" I have always enjoyed working alongside animals and it is heart-breaking to imagine all the cats and dogs who don’t get to experience life outdoors. There are hundreds of dogs and cats confined to research laboratories. Please join the BUAV’s Our Best Friends campaign and call on the government to ban animal tests on dogs and cats in the UK. "

Wendy
Turner
Webster

TV presenter and animal advocate

" I am so happy to be supporting the BUAV's Our Best Friends campaign. Please sign their petition as cats and dogs really are our best friends and they do not belong in laboratories. "

Dave
Spikey

Comedian, actor and screen writer

" I urge you to support the BUAV's Our Best Friends campaign. Please will you sign the petition. "

Diana
Johnson

Shadow Home Office Minister Diana Johnson MP

" I know that many of my constituents share their homes and lives with cats and dogs and would like to see an end to their use in experiments. "

Henry
Smith MP

Conservative MP for Crawley

" Cats and dogs play a big part in family life for many of my constituents in Crawley. I know they will be as keen as I am to see these cruel experiments end. "

Clarence
Mitchell

Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Pavilion

" The people of Brighton Pavilion will rightly be horrified to learn that over 3,000 dogs and hundreds of cats are still being used in the UK for experiments. The moral and scientific case for this cruelty to be brought to an end is now overwhelming. It is time for change. Please support BUAV and its fantastic #OurBestFriends campaign. "

Daniel
Zeichner

Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Cambridge

" Millions of families share their homes with a cat or dog and would be horrified to learn of the pain and suffering inflicted on Our Best Friends in UK laboratories. "

Dr Hadwen Trust

The UK’s leading non-animal medical research charity

" There is considerable evidence to show that toxicity studies performed in animals, particularly dogs, are not translatable to humans. Modern science should be focused on alternatives to using cats, dogs and all animals for research purposes. The Dr Hadwen Trust supports the BUAV’s Our Best Friends campaign to end experimentation on dogs and cats in the UK. "

Rachael
Miller

Rachael Millar, Editor of Dogs Today

" Dogs are highly intelligent, social animals and they belong with us in loving homes, they don’t belong in laboratories. That’s why Dogs Today supports the BUAV’s Our Best Friends campaign and is calling on government to act on its promise to find alternatives. "

Run Free Alliance

The organisation dedicated to ending the breeding for, and use of beagles in animal tests in the UK

" Beagles used in experiments have no voice, but with the BUAV we can jointly speak on their behalf. "

The Dog's Trust

The UK’s largest dog welfare charity

" Dogs belong in loving homes, not laboratories "

Paul
O’Grady

Television presenter, actor, comedian and star of the popular TV show, ‘For the Love of Dogs'.

" I love my dogs and would do anything to protect them. I was shocked to discover that so many dogs and cats are forced to suffer in experiments, right here in the UK. I am delighted to support the BUAV with its new campaign to end these cruel tests on Our Best Friends. And I urge others to do the same. "

Brian
May

Dr Brian May supported our successful campaign against a beagle breeding facility in Yorkshire in 2012

" Beagles, indisputably, are highly intelligent sentient creatures, friends of Man for centuries. It is completely morally unjustifiable for these animals to be made to suffer in the name of science, and I am shocked to learn of plans to set up a facility in Yorkshire to breed and supply beagles to the research industry. "